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It wouldn't be a USA-Canada tilt without a little drama

Updated: January 4, 2007, 12:07 AM ET
By Gare Joyce | Special to ESPN.com

LEKSAND, Sweden -- You could see it on the tight-lipped faces of the United States juniors as they stood along the blue line, listening to "O Canada" after a stirring semifinal at the World Junior Championships. Disappointment, for sure. The other team's anthem is always the soundtrack to heartbreak. But puzzlement, too. As in, "What hit us?" Or, as forward Patrick Kane said, "I still can't believe it."

Fact is, though the Americans lost 2-1 in a shootout, you could make a case that they ...

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