|Finland's Jarkko Ruutu is the only Senators player left in the Vancouver Olympics hockey tournament after four of his Ottawa teammates were sidelined by losses in Wednesday's quarter-finals (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images).
And then there was just one.
When the dust settled early this morning after quarter-final play at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics hockey tournament, four Ottawa Senators players were making plans to return home from the Winter Games. And at least one of them in rather shocking fashion.
Senators forward Jarkko Ruutu is the last man standing after Finland blanked the Czech Republic 2-0 at UBC Thunderbird Arena. That result also ended the Olympic hopes of Ottawa forward Milan Michalek
and defenceman Filip Kuba
, who suited up for the Czechs. Kuba won a surprising bronze medal four years ago in Turin, Italy, but there will be no Olympic hardware this time.
Ruutu and the Finns, meanwhile, advance to the semifinals and will face off against the United States on Friday (3 p.m., CTV). The U.S. blanked Switzerland 2-0 in its quarter-final and remains a perfect 4-0-0-0 in the Vancouver 2010 tournament.
In the biggest upset of the quarter-finals, Slovakia stunned Sweden 4-3 at Canada Hockey Place. Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson
scored a third-period goal for the Swedes but it wasn't enough to save the defending Olympic champions.
The Slovaks, who will play for an Olympic hockey medal for the first time, get Canada in the semifinals on Friday night (9:30 p.m., CTV). Canada stormed past Russia 7-3 in the quarter-finals, a result that ended the Olympic run of Senators defenceman Anton Volchenkov.
Friday's semifinal winners advance to the gold-medal game on Sunday afternoon (3:15 p.m., CTV), while the loser play for the bronze on Saturday (10 p.m., CTV).