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

S. Singh@@S_Singh24Contributor IFebruary 24, 2010

VANCOUVER, BC - FEBRUARY 24:  Corey Perry #24 of Canada battles for the puck with Dmitri Kalinin #7 of Russia during the ice hockey men's quarter final game between Russia and Canada on day 13 of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics at Canada Hockey Place on February 24, 2010 in Vancouver, Canada.  (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
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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 was the shots on goal tally. 

Roberto Luongo faced only 28 shots compared to 48 faced by Evgeni Nabovkov and Ilya Bryzgalov. Canada goes on to face the winners of the Slovakia-Sweden game which takes place later on tonight.

If Canada wants to get to the gold medal game, they will have to play another high tempo game and rely on a balanced team effort as shown tonight.

The Americans won their quarterfinal game earlier this afternoon with a 2-0 victory over the Swiss team and a shutout for American goalie Ryan Miller.  

The Americans will go on to face the winners of the Finland-Czech Republic game which is currently tied 0-0 with one minute left in the game.

On a final note, the Canadian women's team will take on the American team for the gold medal tomorrow at 6:30 PM EST.

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