In tandem and full stride, 17-year-olds Ryan Suter and Zach Parise broke over the Russian blue line with 30 seconds remaining in the game.

Suter carried the puck and fed it crisply to his left. Parise took it on the blade of his stick and dashed to within point-blank range of the goal.

Then, as they say in hockey, he made no mistake.

The goal, scored April 21, 2002 at the Under-18 World Championship, sealed the first gold medal for the United States at that age level. It also is credited with spurring a leap forward for the U.S. in international hockey.

It was the first time Parise and Suter played together for the U.S.

It would not be the last.

But, they never have done it in the NHL.