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Canada Blanks USA, 1-0, to Advance to Gold-Medal Game

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Canada will go for it’s second straight gold medal after shutting out Team USA.

Canada Blanks USA, 1-0, to Advance to Gold-Medal Game

For the second day in a row, Canada got the best of Team USA. This time it was the men. Canada's defense and goaltender Carey Price (Montreal Canadiens) were the stories as they shut out the Americans, 1-0, to advance to their second consecutive gold medal game. 

Dallas Stars' Jamie Benn scored the lone goal of the game for Canada early in the second period. 

Team USA's struggles against Canada continue as they fall to their North American rivals for the second straight Olympics. The quest for the first gold medal since 1980 will have to wait for another four years.

Canada did a fantastic job of keeping Team USA's offense in check. The Americans came in with the most goals in the tournament, but it could not get anything going. USA one-and-done for most of the night in the offense zone and could not get any traffic in front of Price to trouble him. Canada forced everything to the outside, making saves much easier for Price. While the margin was just one, the lead felt much larger due to Canada's strong defensive game. 

In addition, the Canadians were excellent in puck possession. They deployed an effective cycle game and were exceptional along the boards, forcing the U.S. to play defense for most of the night. Team USA's defense could not move the big bodies of the Canadian forwards who kept the puck in the zone and the U.S. on the defensive.

While Price's defense was great, you can't take away from the magnificent game played. He did not allow many second chance opportunities as he swallowed up most of the pucks shot at him. He received his first shut out of his Olympic career and the tournament, stopping all 31 shots. 

On the other side, American goaltender Jonathan Quick (Los Angeles Kings) was superb as well. Quick was the reason the game stayed at 1-0. If it was anyone else in net, the margin probably might have been larger. The Canadians peppered Quick with 37 shots on goal and he saved all but one, which was the difference in the game. 

The lone scorer, Jamie Benn, played outstanding on both ends of the ice and he was rewarded with what turned out to be the game winning goal. After making a nifty backpass to defenseman Jay Bouwmeester at the point, Benn skated towards the front of the net and was able to deflect Bouwmeester's shot into the net at 1:41. On the goal, Corey Perry (Anaheim Ducks) did a nice job screening Quick, which forced him to look around him and was unable to see Benn's deflection. 

Team USA will go on to face Finland tomorrow for the bronze in hopes of salvaging a medal at 10:00 AM EST. Canada will take on top-seeded Sweden in the gold-medal game on Sunday at 7:00 AM EST.

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