Some things simply don’t change, don’t they?
Team Canada defeated Team USA in the gold medal game of the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver. This year, the two respective teams were playing for the right to advance to the gold medal game against Sweden, who previously defeated Finland.
Canada won again, this time in a 1-0 shutout.
The first period was what set the tone for the Canadians. They outshot the Americans 17-10 in the opening period. Towards the end, Team USA was able to have the opportunity to score on a power play, but nothing happened as they didn’t have a shot on goal. Prior to this game, they were 3 for 11 on power play opportunities.
In the second period, Jamie Benn, a forward for the Dallas Stars, scored an early goal that put Team Canada ahead 1-0. The fact that they were dictating this game on offense had eventually paid dividends as Benn put one past Jonathan Quick. He singlehandedly kept Team USA in the game as he continuously made save after save.
Carey Price won this battle, though, over Quick as he came up with 31 saves en route to the Canada win. Quick made 36.
Team USA’s fortunes against its friends who reside North of the Border have been less than bountiful within the last 24 hours. In women’s hockey, Team USA had a 2-0 lead with close to three minutes to play in the third period. It seemed as though they would finally defeat the Canadians.
That was not to be as Team Canada staged a ferocious rally late to tie the game, then won it in overtime.
As Canada advances to play for gold against Sweden, the United States can only settle for, at most, bronze as they take on Finland tomorrow in the third-place game.