Team Canada advances to the World Cup Final after a dominant performance over arch rival Team Russia. Canada will play the winner of tomorrow’s semi-final between Team Europe and Team Sweden. Aside from an Exhibition loss to the United States, Canada has gone undefeated in the game that mattered defeating Team USA, Team Europe, and The Czech Republic in the round robin.
Not as Close as the Score Indicated
It was a tight game scoring game through the first two periods as Canada’s Sidney Crosby would open the scoring in the first period. Despite an onslaught of shots Russian goaltender, Sergei Bobrovsky stood tall. His play would be rewarded in the second period as Russia would take the lead despite being heavily out shot on goals from Nikita Kucherov and Evgeny Kuznetsov. The lead would be short-lived as Brad Marchand would score only one minute and 12 seconds later and Canada would never look back. The third period would start the way the second period ended, with a Brad Marchand goal just over a minute into the third frame. Corey Perry and John Taveres would make it five to two. Artemi Panarin would score a goal with nine seconds remaining in the game but it would be too little too late as Canada would move on while the Russians had played their last game.
Bobrovsky would make 42 saves in the losing effort many of them being highlight reel material. Pavel Datsyuk didn’t play in the game due to a lower-body injury he suffered earlier in the tournament. Russia faced significant criticism for their distribution of ice time throughout the tournament. However, they leaned heavy on most of their star players tonight as Kuznetsov lead all skaters with 22 minutes ice time while Alex Ovechkin would log 20 minutes as well.
Sweden vs. Europe
The final semi-final game will be tomorrow afternoon between Team Europe and Team Sweden. Team Sweden will be the favored team tomorrow, they have maybe the best defense core in the tournament, their offense is enough to keep them in games and Henrik Lundqvist is still one of the best goaltenders in the game. The Swedes had a record of (2-0-1) in the round robin with victories over Russia and Team Finland before falling in overtime to Team North America. No one should look past team Europe though as they have shocked many with their (2-1-0) record defeating Team USA and the Czech Republic suffering a loss to Canada. Sure Team USA didn’t come close to living up to expectations and the Czech Republic was no real threat to them but they did already beat Sweden in Exhibition. In a single elimination, winner takes all game it usually favours the upset.