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Brian Burke and USA's unlikely silver

Updated: February 16, 2011, 7:05 PM ET
By Scott Burnside | ESPN.com

The first thing Brian Burke noticed as he walked into Canada Hockey Place was the quiet.

After days and days of veritable activity -- multiple games a day, teams returning from practices at other venues, players and coaches tromping through the mixed zone to meet with the media -- the atmosphere in the arena slowly dissipated to an eerie calm.

So, when the U.S. team made its way to the dressing room for its gold-medal showdown against host Canada, Burke enjoyed ...

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