United States National Junior Team coach Phil Housley admitted he didn't have to say much in his pregame speech to his players prior to the puck drop against Sweden in Saturday's gold medal match of the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship in Ufa, Russia.
His team knew what was at stake and realized what needed to be done in order to deliver the country's third WJC title in 10 years.
"There wasn't a lot of buildup before the game … we knew what it was all about," U.S. forward Alex Galchenyuk told NHL.com. "It's the biggest game of your career so far. It's an unbelievable feeling."
The Americans carried that emotion into their game against Sweden, delivering the knockout blow in the second period when Rocco Grimaldi struck for his only two goals of the tournament on the way to a 3-1 win. Vince Trocheck would seal the deal with 16.7 seconds left on an empty-net goal.