Feb 21, 2014; Sochi, RUSSIA; Canada players celebrate after defeating USA in the men's ice hockey semifinals during the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games at Bolshoy Ice Dome. Mandatory Credit: Scott Rovak-USA TODAY Sports

Sochi 2014: Team Canada Squeezes Past Team USA 1-0, Advancing to the Gold Medal Game

It has been a long and hard-fought battle, but the stage is finally set for the Gold and Bronze Medal games in the Men’s Hockey Competition at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi. This afternoon, one lone goal would be enough for Team Canada to defeat Team USA and advance to the Gold Medal game at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia. This means that Team USA will move forward to the Bronze Medal game.

There was a lot of back and forth between these two teams, but it would be a single goal that would send Team Canada to the Gold Medal game. Early in the second period, a goal from Dallas Stars center Jamie Benn would find his way to the back of the net with an assist from St. Louis Blues defenseman Jay Bouwmeester.

Despite a lot of back and forth that consisted of quite a few shots on goal, neither side would be able to pull the trigger again.

It would seem as if Team USA played a very defensive game today. No matter how hard they tried, they just could not get an offensive momentum rolling.

There is no denying that it was Los Angeles Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick who kept Team USA alive for as long as they were today. Quick made 36 stops on 37 shots on goal, which gave him a Save Percentage of .973.

However, on the other side of the ice, it was Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price who earned himself an Olympic shutout, blocking all 31 shots brought against him.

I am not quite sure where the breakdown was today; however, this was an odd game for a team like Team USA, who has spent a good portion of the tournament with a certain offensive prowess.

Thankfully, this isn’t really the end of the line for Team USA. On Saturday morning, Minnesota Wild left wing Zach Parise and Team USA will walk into the Bolshoy Ice Dome to go head to head with Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Sami Salo and Team Finland.

Team Sweden will get the day off while the Bronze Medal game is played, but on Sunday it will be back to work for the Swedes as Colorado Avalanche left wing Gabriel Landeskog and Team Sweden march into the Bolshoy Ice Dome to go head-to-head with Tampa Bay Lightning captain Martin St. Louis and Team Canada to battle it out for the Gold Medal.

Who do you think is going to come out on top in the Gold Medal game? Furthermore, has there been a player that has shined brighter than all the rest and really shown themselves to be the MVP? Sound off in the comments below and let us know what you think.

 

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