TORONTO -- Team Russia is heading to the semifinals of the World Cup of Hockey 2016. Team North America is going home.
Needing a win to reach the next round, Team Russia defeated Team Finland 3-0 at Air Canada Centre on Thursday to finish second in Group B and eliminate Team North America, which was made up of players 23-or-younger from the United States and Canada.
Team Russia's win sets up a semifinal against Team Canada on Saturday (7 p.m. ET; ESPN2, CBC, TVA, TVA Sports) and another matchup between Alex Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby. The two captains played each other in the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs last season. Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins defeated Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals in six games.
Here's the recap from Team Russia's win
Dean Lombardi, general manager of Team USA, spoke publicly for the first time about the team's early exit from the World Cup.
Find out what he had to say in Nicholas Cotsonika's column
Team USA coach John Tortorella, whose team was defeated by Team Czech Repbulic 4-3 on Thursday to finish 0-3-0, joined his players in expressing displeasure over negative tweets and comments directed at them by USA Hockey alumni.
Read the full story at wch2016.com
Henrik Sedin of Team Sweden, which plays Team Europe in the other semifinal, on Sunday (1 p.m. ET; ESPN, CBC, TVA Sports), admitted he and his teammates played so well against Team Russia in the preliminary-round opener because "we were really scared of Russia."
Sedin said Team Sweden will take that same approach into the semifinal.
Here's the story from Team Sweden practice
Europe: We Belong
Team Europe came to Toronto looking to prove it deserved to be in the World Cup. It did that and more when it clinched a spot in the semifinal. Now, Team Europe is out for more.
Dan Rosen has the full story at wch2016.com