First the women, and now the men. The Canadiens showed their hockey dominance once again in Sochi.
Canada’s defense stymied the United States all game, Carey Price pitched a shutout, and for the 2nd consecutive winter olympics, the Canadians got the better of the Americans with a 1-0 triumph.
Canada will move on to face Sweden in the gold medal game on Sunday morning while the United States will be right back at it tomorrow in the bronze medal game against Finland.
After a scoreless first period, Jamie Benn deflected a Jay Bouwmeester shot 1:19 into the 2nd to give the Canadiens a 1-0 lead.
The US tried and tried some more to tie the game, but there would be no last-second heroics this time. Canada flat-out did not allow the Americans to get into any period of sustained offense.
For the game, Canada outshot the US 37-30. If Jonathan Quick hadn’t come up with stop after stop, and Ryan McDonagh and Ryan Callahan hadn’t gotten in the way of several Canadian shots, this game could have easily gotten out of hand.
To put it simply, Canada was the aggressor and the Americans were the defenders.
Team captain Zach Parise did all he could to get the Americans back even. Parise led all players with 8 shots on goal. Phil Kessel had 4, and Patrick Kane had 3. No other player took more than 2 shots for the US.
Sidney Crosby, Jeff Carter, Patrice Bergeron, and Benn each had 4 shots for Canada.
Despite how the US dominated all the way through the quarters, the Sochi Olympics will go down as a major disappointment for the Americans who are still searching for olympic gold, something the US hasn’t done since 1980 in men’s hockey.