2010 Winter Olympics: Team Canada Advances To Semifinals in Men’s Hockey

February 24th, 2010 by S. Singh Leave a reply »
After a heartbreaking loss to Team USA, Team Canada rebounded with a 7-3 victory against Team Russia in the quarterfinal round in men's hockey.

While the focus seemed to be on Sidney Crosby of Canada and Alexander Ovechkin of Russia, it was strong play by Ryan Getzlef, Rick Nash, and Dan Boyle which carried Canada.

Many predicted a tough game with the winner being a toss up, but Canada applied pressure early on and were rewarded with a quick goal by Getzlef at the 2:21 mark.  Other scorers for Canada included Brent Seabrook, Boyle, Nash, Brenden Morrow, and Corey Perry, who netted two.

Russia seemed sluggish and flat-footed throughout the game. At times, the Russians seemed out-hustled, outplayed, and resorted to disconnected long ice passes. It was a complete lackluster effort in general by Russia. 

Russian goalie Evgeni Nabovkov was pulled four minutes into the second period. Ovechkin said that "they were outplayed for ten minutes" but in reality, it was for much longer. Goal scorers for Russia included Dmitri Kalinin, Maxim Afinogenov, and Sergei Gonchar.

One key statistic that reflected the pace of the game ...

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