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Tretiak says U.S. taught Russians a lesson in 1980

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SOCHI, Russia -- Vladislav Tretiak says the U.S. hockey team taught the Soviets a "good lesson" about respecting competitors by beating them in the 1980 Olympics.

Speaking about what he called the "miracle" win by the Americans 34 years ago, the Hall of Fame goaltender told a packed news conference at the Sochi Olympics that the host country's hockey team will approach every game as if it is a final. That includes a highly anticipated matchup Saturday with the U.S.

Tretiak, the three-time Olympic gold medalist, gave up two goals in the first period of the "Miracle on Ice" at the 1980 Lake Placid Olympics and then was benched in what is widely regarded as the greatest upset in Olympic history.

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