Sochi 2014 Getty Images Photo of the Day - February 15th

SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 15: Pavel Datsyuk #13 of Russia and Ryan Kesler #17 of Team USA face off during the Men's Ice Hockey Preliminary Round Group A game on day eight of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Bolshoy Ice Dome on February 15, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

“There are only a few rivalries in Sport that transcend the action on the field of play and USA vs. Russia on the ice hockey rink is certainly one of them," said Getty Images photographer Clive Mason. "Editors around the world will be looking for images that illustrate the deep history behind this matchup and the face-off is one of the earliest we get to shoot – and therefore great for deadlines. It’s not a difficult or technical image to capture, but the symmetry and expectation as both sets of players wait for the referee to drop the puck speaks volumes about what is going to unfold.” 

Editor's note: Getty Images Photographer Clive Mason covers many areas of sport, including the Formula One racing circuit since 1999. He has photographed Cricket Test matches in every test playing country, the Whitbread Round The World Yacht Race, Americas Cup, the European and World Athletic Championships, and the Football, Rugby and Cricket World Cups.

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