|Date: Feb 26 @ 7:30 PM MST|
|Slovakia defeated Sweden in Quarterfinal 4-3.|
|Canada defeated Russia in Quarterfinal 7-3.|
Well Canada did the unthinkable in their last game… not just a win against a team they haven’t beaten at the Olympics in half a century, but a huge, 7-3 win. This team seams to finally have gotten it together, getting some secondary scoring. The goaltending is still a bit of a question mark, but I wouldn’t say Luongo let in anything particularly bad the last game. Slovakia, meanwhile, is getting some pretty spectacular goaltending from Jaroslav Halak. They also are coming off a big unexpected win of their own, vs. last Olympics’ winner Sweden. This could be another tough battle like the one vs. U.S.A., if Halak has his way.
I’m not even sure what to predict. I’m hoping that Canada’s offense is again firing on all cylinders and I’ll guess a 5-0 win for Canada.
TEAM CANADA ROSTER
|TEAM CANADA ROSTER|
Roberto Luongo (Vancouver Canucks/NHL),Martin Brodeur (New Jersey Devils/NHL), Marc-Andre Fleury (Pittsburgh Penguins/NHL)
Dan Boyle (San Jose Sharks), Drew Doughty (Los Angeles Kings/NHL), Duncan Keith (Chicago Blackhawks), Scott Niedermayer (Anaheim Ducks/NHL), Chris Pronger (Philadelphia Flyers/NHL), Brent Seabrook (Chicago Blackhawks/NHL), Shea Weber (Nashville Predators/NHL)
Patrice Bergeron (Boston Bruins/NHL), Sidney Crosby (Pittsburgh Penguins/NHL), Ryan Getzlaf (Anaheim Ducks/NHL), Dany Heatley (San Jose Sharks/NHL), Jarome Iginla (Calgary Flames/NHL), Patrick Marleau (San Jose Sharks/NHL), Brenden Morrow (Dallas Stars/NHL), Rick Nash (Columbus Blue Jackets/NHL), Mike Richards (Philadelphia Flyers/NHL), Corey Perry (Anaheim Ducks/NHL), Eric Staal (Carolina Hurricanes/NHL), Joe Thornton (San Jose Sharks/NHL), Jonathan Toews (Chicago Blackhawks/NHL)
TEAM SLOVAKIA ROSTER
|TEAM SLOVAKIA ROSTER|
Jaroslav Halák (Montreal Canadiens/NHL), Peter Budaj (Colorado Avalanche/NHL), Rastislav Staňa (Severstaľ Čerepovec/KHL)
Zdeno Chára (Boston Bruins/NHL), Milan Jurčina (Columbus Blue Jackets/NHL), Richard Lintner (Dinamo Minsk/KHL), Andrej Meszároš (Tampa Bay Lightning/NHL), Andrej Sekera (Buffalo Sabres/NHL), Ľubomír Višňovský (Edmonton Oilers/NHL), Martin Štrbák (HK MVD/KHL)
Ľuboš Bartečko (Bern/Švajč.), Branko Radivojevič, Martin Cibák (obaja Spartak Moskva/KHL), Pavol Demitra (Vancouver Canucks/NHL), Marián Gáborík (New York Rangers/NHL), Michal Handzuš (Los Angeles Kings/NHL), Marián Hossa (Chicago Blackhawks/NHL), Marcel Hossa (Dinamo Riga/KHL), Tomáš Kopecký (Chicago Blackhawks/NHL), Žigmund Pálffy (HK 36 Skalica/SR), Jozef Stümpel (Barys Astana/KHL), Miroslav Šatan (bez klubovej príslušnosti), Richard Zedník (Lokomotiv Jaroslavľ/KHL)
|1ST PERIOD SCORING|
|CAN – 13:30 – Marleau from Weber, Neidermayer|
|CAN – 15:17 – Morrow from Pronger, Getzlaf|
|2ND PERIOD SCORING|
|CAN – 16:54 – Getzlaf from Perry, Pronger|
|3RD PERIOD SCORING|
|SVK – 11:35 – Visnovsky from Stumpel|
|SVK – 15:07 – Handzus from Zednik, Satan|
|SHOTS ON GOAL|
Wow.. this game started off kind of slow and looked like it would be a cakewalk for Canada. I was only half into it, and already looking towards the US/Canada gold medal game when the first goal by Slovakia hit. OK… only one goal, no problem. Suddenly, a few seconds, another goal.. with 5 minutes to go. Wow, this is serious now, the score is 3-2. Everyone is into it now, with Slovakia really pushing hard, the crowd is going bananas cheering Canada on. Let me tell you, that final minute was one of the most intense minutes of hockey I’ve sat through. It ranks up there with many of the glorious playoffs I’ve watched. During that whole minute everyone on the ice was sacrificing the body.. pushing hard and pushing hard. THe whole while I thought “oh man, these guys are going to tire out!”. Luongo made an absolutely game clinching save on Demitra from point blank when he was completely down and out. With Demitra looking at a wide 6×4 cage, Luongo through the desperation glove out and tipped his shot above the net. Unbelievable. The remaining 10 seconds ticked away fairly quickly with Canada relieving the pressure a bit. Way to go boys!!! Bring on the Americans!
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