Game recap: U.S.-Canada semifinals

  • Updated: February 21, 2014 - 8:57 PM

Jamie Benn of Canada celebrates his goal against the United States in second period of the men's semifinal ice hockey game at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. Canada defeated the United States 1-0. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Adrian Wyld)

MEn’s hockey semifinals

CANADA 1, U.S. 0


Canadian goalie Carey Price posted the shutout, turning back all 31 shots by the Americans.


Forward Jamie Benn scored early in the second period. Defenseman Jay Bouwmeester threaded a pass between three U.S. defenders to Benn just outside the crease and he fired a wrist shot past goalie Jonathan Quick.


Four years ago, with 27 million of Canada’s 33 million citizens tuned in, Sidney Crosby scored the golden goal against Team USA in overtime in Vancouver in the gold medal game. And on Thursday, the U.S. women lost to Canada in the gold medal game for the third time in the past four Olympics.


“We didn’t show up to play,” Team USA defenseman Ryan Suter said. “It’s kind of frustrating. We sat back. We were passive. You can’t play scared. I thought we sat on our heels and just didn’t take it to them at all. We had motivation. We just didn’t take it on the ice.”


“I always tell Canadians and nobody believes me: It’s hard to win,” said Mike Babcock, Canada’s men’s coach. “You don’t just put your country’s uniform on and win. It’s hard. You have to line up the moon and stars to win. People don’t believe that in Canada, but it’s a fact.”


Zach Parise got eight shots on goal and Phil Kessel took four for the U.S., but no one else got more than three. “We forced them to play in their defensive zone a lot,” Crosby said. “They’ve got a lot of guys who are skilled and they have a lot of speed, but I think we did a good job of keeping them in there for 20-second stretches and kind of taking away their energy offensively.”


Quick stopped 36 of 37 shots. “Our goalie was our best player on the ice tonight,” U.S. coach Dan Bylsma said. “We just weren’t able to turn that back the other way.”

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  • USA goaltender Jonathan Quick dives for the puck during the second period of the men's semifinal ice hockey game at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

  • Team USA goalie Jonathan Quick (32) made a save in the third period against Canada in the men's hockey semifinal at Bolshoy Ice Dome during the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Friday, Feb. 21, 2014. Canada beat USA 1-0. (Carlos Gonzalez/Minneapolis Star Tribune/MCT)

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