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by Paul on 02/21/14 at 06:31 PM ET
Sweden 2, Finland 1
Canada 1, USA 0
PRICE, BENN LIFT CANADA OVER USA
Carey Price (Montreal Canadiens) stopped all 31 shots he faced for his first career Olympic shutout and Jamie Benn (Dallas Stars) scored the lone goal early in the second period to lead Canada past the USA and into the gold-medal game for the second consecutive Olympic Winter Games.
LUNDQVIST, KARLSSON LEAD SWEDEN PAST FINLAND
Henrik Lundqvist (New York Rangers) made 25 saves and Erik Karlsson (Ottawa Senators) scored the game-winning goal late in the second period to help Sweden defeat Finland and reach the gold-medal game for the second time in the past three Olympic Winter Games (also 2006).
MATCHUPS SET FOR MEDAL GAMES
The following matchups have been set for the bronze- and gold-medal games (all times Eastern):
Bronze-Medal Game (Saturday, Feb. 22)
Finland vs. USA, 10:00 a.m., NBCSN, CBC
Gold-Medal Game (Sunday, Feb. 23)
Canada vs. Sweden, 7:00 a.m., NBC, CBC
GOLD-MEDAL GAME QUICK HITS
* Canada and Sweden will face off in a matchup of the past two gold-medal winners. Canada defeated the USA in the 2010 Olympic Winter Games (3-2 in overtime), while Sweden beat Finland in the 2006 Olympic Winter Games (3-2).
* Canada and Sweden last met for the gold medal during the 1994 Olympic Winter Games, when Peter Forsberg scored the game-deciding goal against Corey Hirsch in the seventh round of the shootout to give Sweden a 3-2 victory.
* Canada and Sweden last met in the Olympic Winter Games (in any round) in 2002, when Sweden defeated Canada 5-2 in the preliminary round. Canada, however, went on to win the gold medal.
* Canada has won eight gold medals since 1920, most recently in 2010. It last won back-to-back gold medals in 1948 and 1952.
* Sweden has won two gold medals since 1920, most recently in 2006. It also has won two silver medals (1928, 1964).
LUNDQVIST CLIMBS OLYMPIC RECORD BOOKS . . .
Sweden goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (New York Rangers) made 25 saves to improve to 5-0-0 with a 1.20 goals-against average, .951 save percentage and two shutouts in the 2014 Olympic Winter Games. He also continued to climb the Olympic record books (courtesy of TSN):
Most Wins, Olympic Career
1. Vladislav Tretiak (USSR): 17
2. Henrik Lundqvist (SWE): 12
3. Mikhail Shtalenkov (RUS): 11
Best Goals-Against Average, Olympic Career (minimum: 500 minutes)
1. Mikhail Shtalenkov (RUS): 1.64
2. Henrik Lundqvist (SWE): 1.72
3. Jaromir Sindel (CZE): 1.74
Most Shutouts, Olympic Career
t-1. Murray Dowey (CAN): 5
t-1. Tom Moone (USA): 5
t-3. Jimmy Foster (GBR): 4
t-3. Henrik Lundqvist (SWE): 4
. . . PRICE OFF TO HOT START
Canada goaltender Carey Price (Montreal Canadiens) stopped all 31 shots he faced for his first career Olympic shutout. He also improved to 4-0-0 with a 0.74 goals-against average and .963 save percentage in the 2014 Olympic Winter Games, his first career Olympic appearance.
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