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Sacrifice, patience pay off for U.S.

Updated: February 25, 2010, 10:49 AM ET
By Scott Burnside | ESPN.com

VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- You can talk all you want about patience and sacrifice but until you see it, until you see players standing in front of shots, taking a hit along the boards to clear the puck, not panicking even when your Olympic tournament life hangs in the balance, then you don't really know if you possess those qualities.

In the moments after the United States' 2-0 quarterfinal victory over plucky Switzerland, head coach Ron Wilson took his players straight ...

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