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by Paul on 02/19/14 at 05:40 PM ET
MATCHUPS SET FOR SEMI-FINAL PLAYOFF GAMES
The following Semi-Final Playoff games will be played on Friday.
Sweden vs Finland, 7:00 a.m. ET, NBCSN, TSN
Canada vs USA, 12:00 p.m. ET, NBCSN, CBC
GREAT RIVALRIES HEADLINE SEMI-FINALS
With a trip to the Gold Medal game at stake, two of the biggest rivalries in international hockey will be on display in the Semi-Finals of the Men’s Olympic hockey tournament. Canada defeated the USA in the 2002 and 2010 Gold Medal games while Sweden knocked off Finland in the Final of the 2006 Olympic tournament. The four remaining countries have a total of 86 NHL players still alive vying for a Gold Medal.
Sweden 5, Slovenia 0
Finland 3, Russia 1
USA 5, Czech Republic 2
Canada 2, Latvia 1
RASK AND SELANNE ELIMINATE THE RUSSIANS
The goaltending of Tuukka Rask (Boston Bruins) and a goal by ageless Teemu Selanne (Anaheim Ducks) helped Finland ruin Russia's medal hopes. Rask stopped 37 of 38 shots fired his way by the feared Russian attack and Selanne’s record-setting first-period goal broke a 1-1 tie and stood up as the game-winner in a 3-1 Finland victory. Selanne, 43 years and 231 days, in his sixth Olympics, broke his own record as the oldest player to score a goal at the Olympics. He also assisted on a goal by Mikael Granlund (Minnesota Wild). The 21-year old Granlund wasn’t even born when Selanne made his Olympic debut in 1992.
CANADA EDGES LATVIA ON LATE GOAL BY WEBER
A power play goal by Shea Weber (Nashville Predators) at 13:06 of the third period broke a 1-1 tie and proved to be the margin of victory in Canada’s 2-1 win. Latvian head coach Ted Nolan (Buffalo Sabres) made a goaltending change after Latvia's win in the quarter-final and it paid off as netminder Kristers Gudlevskis, a 2013 Tampa Bay Lightning draft pick, made 55 saves to keep Latvia's hopes of one of the greatest upsets in international hockey alive until the final buzzer. Gudlevskis is a member of Team Canada Executive Director Steve Yzerman's Tampa Bay Lightning AHL affiliate in Syracuse during the regular season. Weber and fellow defenseman Drew Doughty (Los Angeles Kings) have combined for seven goals in the Olympics, Canada’s forwards have scored a total of six goals.
USA CRUISES PAST CZECHS TO REACH THE SEMIS
The USA got goals from five different forwards as they defeated the Czech Republic 5-2 to reach the semi-finals for the second straight Olympics. The USA’s defensemen pitched in by combining for five points, led by defenseman Ryan Suter’s (Minnesota Wild) three assists. Phil Kessel (Toronto Maple Leafs) scored his fifth goal which is the most by a U.S. Olympian in a tournament since John LeClair scored six during the 2002 Games. Jonathan Quick (Los Angeles Kings) made 21 saves in the victory.
LUNDQVIST BLANKS SLOVENIA AS SWEDEN MOVES ON
Henrik Lundqvist (New York Rangers) made 19 saves to earn his second shutout of these Olympics. Sweden, leading 1-0 after two periods, erupted for four goals in the third period to skate off with a 5-0 win over upset-minded Slovenia. Carl Hagelin (New York Rangers) scored two goals and Loui Eriksson (Boston Bruins) scored a goal and added an assist.
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