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After winning ‘ultimate game,’ Canada looks to Sweden

Feb 21, 2014, 3:38 PM EDT

Canada forward Jonathan Toews congratulates Canada goaltender Carey Price after Canada's 2-1 win over Latvia during a men's quarterfinal ice hockey game at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) AP

Canada took on a huge hockey rival in the United States today and managed to squeak by 1-0 in a high-paced, passionate, and well executed contest.

“In some ways that felt like the ultimate game,” Canadian forward Jonathan Toews said, per the Chicago Tribune.

That’s not where this story ends though. While a rematch between Canada and the United States promised to be one of the highlights of the Olympics after the 2010 gold medal game, Canada needs to find a way to shrug this win off and refocus for Sunday’s contest against Sweden.

“Let’s be honest, we haven’t scored, we haven’t finished,” head coach Mike Babcock promised, per the Canadian Olympic Team. “We’re going to finish.”

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Sweden is certainly a team capable of challenging the Canadians. They feature some of the games top skilled forwards, have a strong defense, and a potential game-changing goaltender in Henrik Lundqvist. Sweden is 5-0 at this point and hasn’t even been pushed to overtime so far.

It also sets up a situation where plenty of players used to working together will be on opposite sides, like Colorado’s Gabriel Landeskog and Matt Duchene; Anaheim’s Jakob Silfverberg and Corey Perry/Ryan Getzlaf and St. Louis’ Alex Pietrangelo/Jay Bouwmeester and Alexander Steen.

By far the most noteworthy one, though…

  1. thailer35 - Feb 21, 2014 at 3:45 PM

    Should be a great game to watch. As good as today’s or better. I still think the Swedes will win, but it will be a lot of fun to see the battle.

  2. joey4id - Feb 21, 2014 at 4:13 PM

    Anybody but Canada….. Right?

  3. joey4id - Feb 21, 2014 at 4:16 PM

    The next game is the ultimate, JT. Silver is not good enough. Better get those sticks juiced up because you may need more than one goal.

  4. newjerseydevilsfanpuckcollection - Feb 21, 2014 at 5:24 PM

    I’m calling God on Sunday morning to say I will be sick for Church service.

    I’ll be stuck on the couch all Sunday morning….LOL

  5. imleftcoast - Feb 21, 2014 at 6:54 PM

    7-10 am EST. Watching the 2002 gold metal game highlights, Marty Brodeur was pretty, darn awesome.

  6. Wineshard - Feb 21, 2014 at 8:01 PM

    Gold medal game is at 5AM here and the bars will be serving booze. Gotta love Canada.

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