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All three of the Oilers players at the Olympics have been eliminated from the tournament. CANADA 1 vs. UNITED STATES 0
One goal is all it took.
The Americans and Canadians battled for the puck behind the Canada net in the dwindling seconds, as USA had the empty net and the extra attacker. The puck would never reach Carey Price again as the final horn sounded, signalling Canada’s 1-0 win over USA in the Olympic semifinals.
A nation sighed in relief as another was left wondering what could have been.
Price was outstanding in net for Canada, stopping all 31 U.S. shots in the win.
Canada came out ready to play, displaying impressive pressure and forechecking on the Americans, finishing the opening frame with 16 shots on goal.
After an intense but scoreless first period, Victoria, B.C. native Jamie Benn put Canada on the board at 1:41 of the second. Jay Bouwmeester passed the puck inside from the point and Benn redirected the pass in past USA goaltender Jonathan Quick.
Canada was excellent in the third, smothering the United States and not allowing many scoring opportunities for their challengers. However, they would have a hard time solving the U.S. goaltender.
With 5:42 remaining, Quick turned away a couple of great chances by Chris Kunitz that could have provided insurance for Canada.
Over the last few days, it was believed that the Americans had become the favourites to win gold because of their performance in the tournament coming into today’s game. However, it was the Canadians who played the better game, peppering Quick with 37 shots and dictating play for most of the game.
The Americans would pull Quick in favour of the extra attacker but could never set up pressure as they watched their gold medal hopes crumble in the one-goal decision.
Canada will play Sweden for gold on Sunday. -- Chris Wescott, edmontonoilers.com
The Edmonton Oilers have three players participating in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia: Martin Marincin (Slovakia), Anton Belov (Russia) and Ales Hemsky (Czech Republic).