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Mens' Hockey: Canada-Russia updates

Posted by Kevin Paul Dupont, Globe Staff  February 24, 2010 07:25 PM

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THIRD PERIOD

In the books, a 7-3 win for Canada. Frenzied crowd chants, ''We want gold!'' in final seconds. Local streets will be crazy here til dawn.

Canadians outshoot Russia, 42-28.

Wtih 17:17 to go, irritated Boyle drops Semin in Canada's end after Semin pops him on rear boards. Iginla and Kalinin exchange chest shoves. Why can't they make the quarterfinals a best-of-five?

Hometown crowd now chanting, ''We want Sweden!'' Canadians will face either Sweden or Slovakia in Friday's semis.

Nice top by Luongo on Malkin wth 4:45 to go.

Eric Staal crashes heavily into rear boards in chase for puck, partly upended by push from Volchenkov near the 2:00 mark. Staal might be done for night.


SECOND PERIOD

Two periods done. Canada, 7-3. The vey definition of shinny. Which is OK. Fun to watch. No one is trapping. Too bad Russians picked wrong goalie for job.

Penalty -- Canada, Keith, tripping.

Russians still teeing it up, cut deficit to 7-3 on Gonchar 50-foot slapper at 11:40. Impossible to entertain idea of Canada blowing a five-goal lead.

The hits just keep coming. Canada, 7-2, on Perry goal at 9:51. Would provide more detail on Russian breakdowns, but developing severe carpal tunnel.

Russian puts dent in massive deficit, 6-2, with Afinogenov goal at 4:46. Former Sabre-turned Thrasher pots clever forehander on short side as he cuts in off right wing.


It's becoming a travesty. Canada makes it 6-1 with 4:07 gone.. Weber, with clean look, hammers in 20-footer. Finally, Bryzgalov replaces the shopworn Nabokov. Slava Bykov, Russian coach, now best thing that ever happened to Viktor Tikhonov.

Beatdown continues. Canada, 5-1, 3:10 into period. Canada cuts off long breakout pass in neutral zone, leaving Perry eventually to pot rebound off Getzlaf attempt.

Middle period is underway. Amazingly, Nabokov still in net.


FIRST PERIOD

First 20:00 in books. Canada, 4-1, on strength of 21-12 shot lead. Russians a mess in their own end of the ice. Too many Sparkle cookies?

Canadians add to lead, 4-1, with 1:42 left in period. Morrow walks to left post and pops soft backhander into Nabokov's chest. Cupcake. Puck rolls down and trickles through Nabokov's pads. S-o-f-t goal. Russians will have to turn to Bryzgalov in net for second period. Tretiak got yanked for far less in '80.

Russians get on board to cut deficit to 3-1 at 14:39. Kalinin snaps in wrister from above left circle. Luongo can't follow shot through crowd, beats him to far (glove) side. Not a sport in the world that rivals this intensity and action.

Canada makes it 3-0 at 12:55. Nash finishes off dazzling rush with forehander at top of crease. Nabokov faked to floor, believing Nash will pick right post. Nash goes left side with easy lift. Arena is shaking. Russians call time out, perhaps to discuss detour to Lake Placid for field trip on way home?

Canada moves to 2-0 lead at 12:09.. Boyle fires in shot from left point off drop pass. Marleau provides screen at top of crease. Nabokov can't see puck.

Penalty -- Russia, Volchenkov, holding.

Still, 1-0, Canada Russians don't score on power play, but make crisp, dazzling passes to create shooting lanes and drill shots on Luongo.

Russian power play -- Datsyuk-Malkin-Ovechkin with Kovalchuk and Gonchar at points.

Penatly -- Canada, Seabrook, interference, 7:58.

Lots of Russian fans in house. Big edge to Provinces for leather lungs, but fans of the former CCCP loud 'n proud.

Intense start, as expected. Both clubs want to establish physical presence, hope to intimidate.
2:21 -- Canada, 1-0. Boyle, on attack from defense, sweeps cross-slot backhander to right side and Getzlaf bangs in forehander at open right side. Hometown crowd electrified when puck goes by Nabokov.


Greetings, puck lovers, from Canada Hockey Place. We are just some five minutes away from puck drop between Canada and Russia. One of these superpowers will be out of the Olympic tournament by game's end.
The winner of this one will take on the winner of another quartefinal between Slovakia (captained by Zdeno Chara) and Sweden.
Team USA (4-0), which beat the Canadians, 5-3, on Sunday, still awaits word on whether it will face the Finns or Czechs in its semifinal game on Friday. The Yanks rubbed out Switzerland, 2-0, earlier today.

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