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Continued: Foes in the NHL, U.S. teammates are joining forces

  • Article by: CHIP SCOGGINS , Star Tribune
  • Last update: February 12, 2014 - 8:54 AM

Perhaps a more pressing issue is how well Team USA adjusts to the larger rink, which is 15 feet wider. The extra ice puts a premium on skating and moving the puck. Team USA has not fared well in Olympics played on the larger surface, which probably explains why Parise attempted to deflect a question about the challenges that poses.

“Yeah, there are a few differences, but you don’t want to beat it to death,” he said.

As captain, Parise said he has no plans to give any locker room speeches to his teammates.

“That’s not really my personality,” he said.

He prefers to lead by example, as he did in 2010 when Team USA accomplished more than anyone expected. That result serves as the baseline for these Games.

“We have a lot of guys who are here that played in those games four years ago in Vancouver,” Parise said. “We’re anxious, we’re excited. We know that just because we got silver last time, there are no guarantees. We know how good these teams are.”

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