Canada needed some momentum to coast on while trying to fulfill their expectations as gold medalists. Canada got just what the doctor ordered, in a 7-3 quarterfinal spanking of Russia. Ryan Getzlaf put Canada on the board just 2:21 into the game on a goal assisted by Dan Boyle and Chris Pronger. Boyle scored the next goal for Canada, with the assists going to Dany Heatly and Patrick Marleau. Rick Nash put Canada up 3-nil on a goal assisted by Jonathan Toews and Mike Richards. Russia finally scored on a goal by Dmitri Kalinin with the assists credited to Sergei Federov. Brenden Morrow closed out the first period scoring with a goal fro Canada with the assists going to Boyle and Duncan Keith. Canada picked up where it left off on a goal by Corey Perry, assisted by Getzlaf and Keith.
Shea Weber only added to the humiliation on a goal assisted by Toews and Jarome Iginla. Russia cut the lead to 6-2 on a Maxim Afinogenov goal, which was assisted by Ilya Kovalchuk and Denis Grebeshkov. Perry scored later in the period on a goal assisted by Eric Staal and Getzlaf. Russia scored a meaningless consolation goal on a power play, with Sergei Gonchar scoring and Evgeni Malkin assisting. The third period was a scoreless one, as Canada was content with the lead and Russia was already put away. The officials for the match were Dennis Larue and Marcus Vinnerborg.
In another quarterfinal, the United States Men’s hockey team continued their dream run in a 2-0 defeat of Switzerland. Throughout the first and second periods, both teams had near goals on many occasions. Zach Parise had both goals for the USA, his first coming on a power play 2:58 into it on a goal assisted by Brian Rafalski and Paul Stastny. Parise got his second on an unassisted empty net goal with 12 seconds to play. The officials for the match were Paul Devorski and Peter Orszag.
Authored By: Dave H.