The US stole one today. There isn’t a better way to say it.

Jonas Hiller played 55 minutes of stellar hockey but, it was that five-minute lapse that allowed the Americans to capitalize with a 2-0 victory.

Hiller dodged a bullet at the end of the second period when he knocked a puck into his own net. Luckily for him time had expired.

However, his rebound control woes did not end there. On a US power play in the third Zach Parise redirected a Brian Rafalski point shot that Hiller juggled and found its way into the net.

Ryan Miller stood tall in net for  the Yanks for all 60 minutes, earning his first Olympic shutout.

Parise added the empty netter late in the game for the US who advance to play Finland in the semi-finals.

Who would have thought the US would be guaranteed to, at least, play for a medal at the 2010 games?