Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 02/19/14 at 05:02 PM ET
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
Dustin Brown banged in a go-ahead goal late in the first period, and the United States went on to dominate the Czech Republic 5-2 on Wednesday, earning a spot in the Olympic men's hockey semifinals for the second straight time.
On Friday, the U.S. will play Canada -- a rematch of the 2010 gold-medal game -- for a shot to become an Olympic champion. The Canadians held off Latvia 2-1, and they beat the Americans in overtime four years ago.
"It's a great opportunity," American forward Max Pacioretty said. "They're obviously the favorite coming into the tournament, and we've opened up a lot of eyes with our play, but we have more in the tank to give and to show.
"We keep getting better every game, and hopefully we'll keep getting better after this one."
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