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The Olympic break is upon us, which for some, means a 20-day wait until the NHL resumes action. But...it's also time for one of the world's greatest displays of hockey: the 2014 Olympic Winter Games are underway in Sochi, Russia and the men's ice hockey tournament begins in just a couple of days. The host country is fired up, but can the Russians win gold on home soil as Canada did in 2010? Can the Americans rebound from a disappointing silver medal finish in 2010 and take the next step in 2014? Those questions (and more) will be answered in the next two weeks, and we're here to break down the contenders.
Let's take a closer look at the top five, shall we?
2010 OLYMPICS: GOLD
Sidney Crosby (pictured) scored the memorable "golden goal" in overtime against the United States in 2010, getting Canada back to the podium after a disappointing 2006 Olympics in Turin, Italy. The Canadians, loaded with talent at every position, have to be considered favorites to defend their gold in Sochi...but it wouldn't be the Olympics and Canada without questions in goal, would it? Roberto Luongo and Carey Price are Canada's top two options, but it's not yet known which player will own the No. 1 duties.