OK, Canada … we can breathe again.
Shea Weber scored in the third period to give Team Canada a 2-1 win over Latvia Wednesday in quarterfinal action at the Sochi Olympics. Carey Price got the start in goal for Team Canada, while Habs defenceman P.K. Subban was a healthy scratch. Canada outshot Latvia 57-16 as goaltender Kristers Gudlevskis stood on his head. Gudlevskis has played this season with the ECHL’s Florida Everblades and the AHL’s Syracuse Crunch.
Forward Martin St. Louis returned to the Team Canada lineup, while Matt Duchene was a healthy scratch.
The game was tied 1-1 heading into the third period after first-period goals by Patrick Sharp for Canada and Lauris Darzins for Latvia.
Canada will now face the United States in Friday’s semifinals, starting at noon ET. The U.S. beat the Czech Republic 5-2 in quarterfinal play Wednesday. The Habs’ Max Pacioretty had one shot on goal in 11:14 of ice time for the U.S., while Tomas Plekanec had two shots in 17:28 of ice time for the Czech Republic.
The other semifinal matchup will have Sweden facing Finland at 7 a.m. Friday. Sweden beat Slovakia 5-0 Wednesday, while Finland upset Russia 3-1. The Habs’ Andrei Markov had two shots on goal in 17:16 of ice time for Russia, while teammate Alexei Emelin had one shot in 14:07.
The gold-medal game will be played at 7 a.m. ET Sunday.
Mike Boone was blogging live during Canada’s quarterfinal game along with other hockey writers from Postmedia News. You can see the live blog by clicking here.
This week’s HI/O Show, with Chris Nilan and Boone as the guests joining sports editor/host Stu Cowan, will be taped on Thursday morning and be available online around 5 p.m. that day focusing on Team Canada. If you have any questions you would like answered on the show, post them in the comments below or email Cowan at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will take them into consideration.
Here’s how the Team Canada lineup looked against Latvia:
Chris Kunitz – Sidney Crosby – Patrice Bergeron
Jamie Benn – Ryan Getzlaf – Corey Perry
Patrick Marleau – Jonathan Toews – Jeff Carter
Patrick Sharp – John Tavares – Rick Nash / Martin St. Louis
Duncan Keith – Shea Weber
Marc-Edouard Vlasic – Drew Doughty
Jay Bouwmeester – Alex Pietrangelo
Carey Price – Roberto Luongo
Matt Duchene – P.K. Subban – Mike Smith
(Photo by Jean Levac/Postmedia News)