Liveblog: Olympic Games, quarterfinal: Canada 2, Latvia 1

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 scowan@montrealgazette.com and we will take them into consideration.

Here’s how the Team Canada lineup looked against Latvia:

FORWARDS
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

DEFENCEMEN
Duncan Keith – Shea Weber
Marc-Edouard Vlasic – Drew Doughty
Jay Bouwmeester – Alex Pietrangelo
Dan Hamhuis

GOALIES
Carey Price – Roberto Luongo

SCRATCHES
Matt Duchene – P.K. Subban – Mike Smith

(Photo by Jean Levac/Postmedia News)

Mike Boone’s post-game take on Canada vs. Latvia, Postmedia News

Canada vs. Latvia live blog with Mike Boone, Postmedia News

Complete Olympic hockey coverage, Postmedia News

Hamilton’s Big Three developing on blue line for Habs, by Brenda Branswell

703 Comments

  1. Mattyleg Won't Change His Handle For The Olympics says:

    Lat goalie is exhausted.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  2. Timo says:

    A Dman again. Weber!!!

  3. BriProfessional Team Canada Hockey Fan says:

    Finally!

  4. TeflonDon says:

    Finally ffs

  5. BriProfessional Team Canada Hockey Fan says:

    Latvia’s version of Tim Thomas.
    And his poo poo is starting to smell.

  6. Habfan10912 says:

    I’m not believing what I’m seeing.

  7. jols says:

    Holy crap folks. Only 8 minutes left. What a fiasco.

  8. Stevie.Ray says:

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but I thought a penalty shot is called when a player covers the puck with their hand. He just swiped at it. You can still play the puck with your hand in the crease, you just can’t cover it.

  9. commandant says:

    A third period PP desperate for a goal.

    Thank Godness Subban is on the team.

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  10. Timo says:

    Kunitz again. Babcock is as big an idiot as Therrien.

  11. zip by says:

    boone – bring the live blog back to hio – the “commentariat” have taken over the one at postmedia

    besides we consider you our own

    :-)

  12. potremblay says:

    Crosby has made so many bad passes

  13. Mattyleg Won't Change His Handle For The Olympics says:

    If I hear “et Carter rate la cible!” once more, I think I’ll hurl.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  14. Timo says:

    Come on, you useless losers. Score.

  15. commandant says:

    Had to be tim peel… just had to be him.

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  16. adadi says:

    Make up call courtesy Tim Peel.

  17. jols says:

    Getzlaf needs to go with the full out cue ball look.

  18. Prop Is Canadian says:

    Nice to see NHL style missed calls are still alive and well.

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  19. Habcouver BLEEDS MAPLE SYRUP says:

    Freakin partisan Latvian fans.

    Waiting excitedly for GOLD

  20. commandant says:

    If it’s not a goal, it should be a penalty shot for hand in the crease.

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  21. Chrisadiens is a Canadian stuck in an American body says:

    My heart hurts….

    Chrisadiens and HabFan10912, one of the few father son tandems on HIO.

  22. db says:

    Has Hamhuis even played a shift?

  23. Mattyleg Won't Change His Handle For The Olympics says:

    I would have a hard time believing that Tim Peel could screw this up…

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  24. L Elle is Canadian, eh? says:

    Latvian player put his hand on it, of course it’s a goal. crap!

  25. Habfan10912 says:

    Should be a penalty shot.

  26. Timo says:

    Mike squinted and nodded. All is good, folks.

  27. CHicoHab says:

    Ref needs be ejected from this tournament

  28. Stuck_in_To. says:

    Props to the plucky Lat goalie … sheesh

  29. Mattyleg Won't Change His Handle For The Olympics says:

    No. Goal.
    ???

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  30. Chrisadiens is a Canadian stuck in an American body says:

    Wow, that was incredible.

    Chrisadiens and HabFan10912, one of the few father son tandems on HIO.

  31. Timo says:

    So Canada will blame the refs even though this was a giant miss?

    As if they’d score on the penalty shot anyway?

  32. Habfan10912 says:

    Wow! If that’s not in its by less than an inch.

  33. Mattyleg Won't Change His Handle For The Olympics says:

    GOAL!!!!!!

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  34. commandant says:

    How to take the best team on paper and lose… by Mike Babcock (forward by Marc Crawford).

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  35. L Elle is Canadian, eh? says:

    Poor Price can’t catch a break. I was thinking goal support was the one area that would be a snap.

  36. Mattyleg Won't Change His Handle For The Olympics says:

    Incredible.
    Dany Dubé is laughing.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  37. BriProfessional Team Canada Hockey Fan says:

    No goal…no penalty shot.

  38. Feraco says:

    Omg he touched it with his hand

  39. Feraco says:

    This goalie just fainted lol

  40. Feraco says:

    Price hasn’t broken a sweat

  41. Strummer says:

    This team needs a Claude Lemieux

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  42. Timo says:

    I can’t believe Price hasn’t scored yet.

  43. Feraco says:

    Carey Price!

  44. BriProfessional Team Canada Hockey Fan says:

    Kunitz/Crosby chemistry?

  45. Timo says:

    Wow. Having Kunitz on this team doesn’t stop to amaze me.

  46. jols says:

    This is like shooting practice. The only problem is Canada is shooting blanks.

  47. DoopsyDiddler says:

    Chris Neil. That’s who we need.

  48. Habcouver BLEEDS MAPLE SYRUP says:

    Oh golly gee…. Weber’s shot.

    Waiting excitedly for GOLD

  49. Mattyleg Won't Change His Handle For The Olympics says:

    Thanks to the timing of this game, today’s lunch will consist almost exclusively of wine gums.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  50. Feraco says:

    Look at Latvia sweet mercy lol

  51. Feraco says:

    Pk is better the Pietreangelo

  52. Stevie.Ray says:

    You know what they need… A fight!

  53. Habilis Canadianis says:

    The amount of times that this collection of stars have entered the offenzive zone off-side is staggering.

  54. Chuck is a Canuck, and he is also going to go for the gold medal in the event of "longest nickname ever posted on Hockey Inside-Out, just to see how long of a nickname you can input before the hamsters explode" says:

    in 14 periods, Crosby has SIX shots on goal.

  55. Stevie.Ray says:

    What the hell #16! You had the puck in the crease and you went behind the net?

  56. Sportfan says:

    Canadians Humphries and Moyes win gold in women’s bobsleigh. That’s the good news!

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  57. Feraco says:

    This is really weird I’m actually laughing right now.

    Is it possible Latvia is a defensive superpower?

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  59. scavanau says:

    You guys show no respeck.

  60. BriProfessional Team Canada Hockey Fan says:

    Nice gift for Sid the kid.

  61. Luke is Canadian says:

    Hey!

    I just noticed that there’s a definite lack of a liveblog in this liveblog.

  62. Timo says:

    Players without the puck are not moving their feet… they just stand and wait.

  63. 25 Stanley Cups says:

    If you think the score would be 1 all still if the shots were even, your bias, and wearing rose colored glasses.

  64. Luke is Canadian says:

    Will Mike Smith finally get his chance to play on Crosby’s wing?

  65. Timo says:

    I can’t bear to see that good ol’ boys club. Sickening.

  66. CJ says:

    Well, winning a gold medal should not come easy. By the looks of things we will need to fight for everything we get. Unfortunately, team Canada is now susceptible to a bad bounce ending their Olympic games. I don’t believe it’s a question of want or desire, it’s purely execution.

    Pop one early and keep your foot on the gas. I haven’t given up yet….

    Go Canada!

  67. DoopsyDiddler says:

    I want Pavlovs to score the winning goal so the nhl.com guy can write:

    “Who Latvian dogs out? Who? Who? Pavlov did.”

  68. CalgaryHab says:

    Assuming we ‘get by’ Latvia the game plan against the US will be the same plan Norway, Finland and Latvia launched against us.

    Keep the play/talent to the perimeter, pray for god-like goaltending, and hope beyond measure there is a mistake to capitalize on.

  69. mushalain says:

    Notice no one on Canada even attempts to lay a body check?

  70. Say Ash says:

    Will this web site crash in about an hour?

  71. BriProfessional Team Canada Hockey Fan says:

    Remember that the Latvians have played together for some time. Longer than Team Canada, anyhow.
    And it seems that, when you have so many superstars playing together, they don’t seem to know (or haven’t figured out) how to play structured.
    Does Babcock have a system? Set plays? If so, they’re breaking down.
    Canada isn’t playing bad. They’re just not lights-out, the number of shots notwithstanding.
    And most Canadian fans just arrogantly assumed that this would be a walk in the park (guilty as charged).
    So now, we might be feeling the same angst as the Russian fans.

  72. scamorza says:

    ok so help out on bizz in the US can’t watch the game on-line CBC APP doesn’t seem to work here. Look at the web site for updates 1-1 after 2 shots on goal significantly in favour of us but are we playing that bad or good Latvian goalie that good was the goal on Cary saveable ( if there is such a word) Good comeback for the gold in BS though

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    • DoopsyDiddler says:

      Canada is playing poorly. They will almost certainly win, but they are getting totally outwited and outhustled. Our strategy now is to crash the goalie.

  73. DoopsyDiddler says:

    I still think Canada will win.

    But one thing please.

    From now on when there’s a hockey argument on H I/O:

    It’s no longer a valid rebuttal to say “But Mike Babcock is a Stanley Cup winner.”

    Or “Mike Babcock knows more about hockey than you do.”

    Or variations thereon.

  74. jols says:

    If this performance so far wasn’t so sad it would be hilarious.

    If Canada doesn’t find a way through this it would be one of the biggest upsets of all time in international hockey.


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