Olympic Ice Hockey Recaps:Day OneDay TwoDay ThreeDay FourDay FiveDay SixDay SevenFinal Day
In the first day of single-elimination action, the United States and Canada each lost and had their Gold Medal dreams dashed. The United States fell, 4-3, at the hands of Team Finland and Canada lost to Russia, 2-0. Fredrik Modin and Sweden advanced with a 6-2 victory over the upstart Swiss and Czech Republic advanced with a win over Slovakia.
John Grahame finished the tournament as the only United States goaltender that did not lose a game, recording a 3-3 tie in the opening game. Rick DiPietro from the New York Islanders started today's game and made 21 saves on 25 shots. The USA battled back from a 2-0 deficit and cut a 4-2 Finnish lead to 4-3 with less than five minutes left in the game but could not net the tying goal. The Americans scored more goals in today's game (3) than Finland had allowed entering today's action (2).
Canada was shutout for the third time in the tournament by Russia who advanced to the semi-finals with a 2-0 win. All of Canada's losses this Olympics have come by the same score. Vincent Lecavalier
finished the game with a team-high five shots on goal but no Canadian player could beat Evgeni Nabokov. Brad Richards led all Canadian skaters in the tournament with two goals and two assists in six games. Lecavalier recorded three assists and Martin St. Louis
had two goals and an assist.
Fredrik Modin scored Sweden's second goal of the game from in front of the net for his sixth of the tournament. Sweden advances to face the Czech Republic in the semi-finals on Thursday.
Vaclav Prospal, Pavel Kubina and Czechs advanced with a 3-1 win over Slovakia.
In the other game on Friday Finland will take on Russia for the right to play for the Gold Medal.