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Players in unusual spot for prelim clash

Updated: February 21, 2010, 1:59 AM ET
By Scott Burnside and Pierre LeBrun | ESPN.com

VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- The matchup between Canada and the United States on Sunday isn't just a border war, it's a battle of brothers, a stunning clash of players who only days ago were sitting shoulder to shoulder in their NHL locker rooms.

Vancouver Canucks forward Ryan Kesler, part of the visiting U.S. squad Sunday, said quite simply on Saturday afternoon, "I hate them."

"It's a big rivalry. I wouldn't say I hate them, you have respect for the other team," he ...

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