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Team USA objective: Slow Russian 'train'

Updated: January 2, 2005, 2:36 AM ET
By EJ Hradek | ESPN The Magazine

GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- Defense wins championships, right?

Well, apparently, this Team USA squad doesn't believe in that tried-and-true sports bromide. On Saturday night, against a pair of hard-to-spell, but not hard-to-solve goaltenders (David Rautio Berguv and Christopher Heino-Lindberg), the turnover-prone Americans rode a five-goal third period to an 8-2 rout of Sweden.

The Swedish goaltending was so dreadful, coach Torgny Bendelin called five of the eight goals "cheap because of ...

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