News

Canada tops U.S. to reach gold-medal game

Canada tops U.S. to reach gold-medal game

OH, CANADA!: Canada's Jamie Benn (22) celebrates with teammates Patrick Marleau (C), Sidney Crosby (R), Jonathan Toews (16) and Matt Duchene after their win over Team USA at the conclusion of the men's ice hockey semi-final game. Photo: Reuters

By Steve Keating

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – Canada edged the United States 1-0 on Friday to advance to the final of the Sochi Winter Olympic men’s ice hockey competition, and a chance to successfully defend their 2010 gold.

They will face Sweden, 2-1 winners over Finland in the other semi-final, on Sunday to decide the gold just hours before the closing ceremony.

Jamie Benn scored early in the second period for the game’s only goal as Canada once again came out on top in what was a mouth-watering do-or-die rematch of the 2010 Vancouver Winter Games gold medal contest.

Carey Price was brilliant in the Canadian net, stopping 31 shots to earn the shutout.

Thousands of miles and nine times zones away, hockey-mad Canadians – still buzzing from a stunning 3-2 overtime win over the United States in the women’s final on Thursday – came together for another day of compelling action on the ice.

Businesses and work places across the Great White North emptied and bars filled to capacity as millions of hockey fans tuned in to watch the first meeting between the North American rivals since Canada claimed the Olympic title four years ago in Vancouver with a golden goal from Sidney Crosby.

Canada are trying to win their first Olympic gold medal outside North America in 62 years and become the first country since the 1988 Soviets to successfully defend the title.

A unified team also won in 1992 after the break-up of the Soviet Union.

Earlier at the Bolshoy Ice Dome, Erik Karlsson’s second-period blast from the point put Sweden through to the gold medal final for the second time in three Olympics.

The game against Finland, a repeat of the 2006 Turin Games final, got off to a sluggish start as both sides seemed wary of committing the first mistake and falling behind in what was expected to be a tight affair.

After a scoreless opening period, Finland opened the scoring when Olli Jokinen beat Swede Jimmie Ericsson to a loose puck and fired a shot that squeezed through Henrik Lundqvist’s legs and trickled over the goal line.

Sweden struck back five minutes later when Loui Eriksson sent a low shot past a sprawling Kari Lehtonen, who was starting in place of the flu-ridden Tuukka Rask.

Karlsson put his team in front when he fired a shot from the point that hit Lehtonen before finding its way into the net with less than four minutes to play in the second period.

(Additional reporting Frank Pingue. Editing by Ed Osmond)

Recent Headlines

48 mins ago in Entertainment

Pitch, please: Julia Robert ‘sells’ sex toys on ‘Ellen’

Fresh
25-overlay-10

The "Pretty Woman" star, who plays a host on the Home Shopping Network (HSN) in her new movie "Mother's Day," was tasked with gushing about a blind item, which members of the studio audience could see.

5 hours ago in Sports, Weird

Shall I compare thee to a carburetor? Indy 500 gets a poet

indy500383817720211

An Indiana University student who is a poet and a performer has been named the Indianapolis 500's first official poet since the early 20th century.

6 hours ago in National

Survey: Most Americans support usage fees to fix crumbling roads

highwaysREUTERS

The cost to repair and upgrade the U.S. surface transportation system to meet current and future demands is in the "hundreds of billions of dollars," the U.S. Government Accountability Office said last year.

6 hours ago in Entertainment

REVIEW: ‘Green Room’ is a gory, good time

13-overlay-12

It's lean, mean, loud and grisly, and a ton of bloody fun.

6 hours ago in Entertainment

Appeals court to hear ex-Subway pitchman’s appeal May 20

jaredfogleAP

A federal appeals court in Chicago has set a May hearing for former Subway pitchman Jared Fogle's appeal of his more than 15-year sentence in a child sex abuse and pornography case.