On Wednesday, the field was cut to four in Sochi. And on Friday morning, the United States will face Canada with a shot at the gold medal on the line.
Blackhawks forwards Jonathan Toews and Patrick Sharp made an impact on Canada’s 2-1 win over upstart Latvia. Sharp scored the first goal of the game, his first of the tournament, and Toews was credited with an assist on Shea Weber’s game-winning goal in the third. Toews also won eight of 12 faceoffs in the game.
Duncan Keith was credited with five shots on net in 22:51 in the win; only Weber was on the ice more than Keith.
Unfortunately, John Tavares left the game with a leg injury. Mike Babcock confirmed after the game that the Olympics are over for the Islanders’ center.
Patrick Kane had an assist on the USA’s first goal as they easily handled the Czech Republic 5-2. Ryan Suter was credited with three assists and David Backes had one goal and one assist in the victory.
In the loss, Michal Rozsival skated 18:54 and was minus-two with one shot on net.
Earlier on Wednesday, Sweden defeated Slovenia 5-0 behind two goals from Carl Hagelin. Johnny Oduya was credited with an assist in the victory, while Niklas Hjalmarsson skated 18:32. Only Erik Karlsson, who had two assists, was on the ice more for Sweden than Hjalmarsson in the victory. Marcus Kruger won 11 of 16 faceoffs while skating 11:54 for the winners.
In the fourth game of the day, Finland upset Russia to end the tournament for the home country.
Here is the schedule for Friday, Feb. 21:
- Finland vs. Sweden – 6:00 AM CT
- United States vs. Canada – 11:00 AM CT