Mighty Canadians avenge 2006 loss to Russia

08:52, February 26, 2010      

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The beast is out of the cage.

It took a long-standing rivalry against the mighty Big Red Machine, but Canada finally stamped its authority on the 2010 Olympic hockey quarterfinals with a 7-3 thrashing of top seeded Russia on Wednesday.

"They were much faster than us," said Russian goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov. "They came out like gorillas out of a cage."

Dan Boyle and Rick Nash scored 46 seconds apart in a blistering first period to lead gold medal favorites Canada over the two-time reigning World Champions in front of a raucous crowd of 17,740 at Canada Hockey Place arena.

Corey Perry scored twice in the second period and linemate Ryan Getzlaf had a goal and two assists for Canada who avenged a heartbreaking loss to the Russians in the 2006 Turin Games.

Canada, who had romped into a 4-1 lead in the opening frame, advance to the semifinals on Friday where they will face Slovakia, who upset reigning Olympic gold medalists Sweden 4-3.

"We always feel under pressure to play in Canada, that is the way it is," forward Sidney Crosby said of one of the most anticipated games of the tournament. "Today we used it to energize us.

"It is just a quarterfinal and, as good as it is, we have to turn the page quickly."

With the defending champions being bounced, it means there will be a new champion crowned on Sunday.

In other quarterfinals on Wednesday, the US blanked Switzerland 2-0 and Finland stopped the Czech Republic's run by the same score.

That sets up a blood feud between the Americans and Finns. Finland won the silver medal in Turin but they had to fight their way through the US to get to the final.

Finland beat the Americans 4-3 in the quarterfinals and the game that included a brawl at the buzzer in which US forward David Backes pummeled defenseman Anssi Salmela, smashing the Finns nose to a bloody pulp.

Canada were out for their own measure of revenge on Wednesday as Russia beat the Canadians 2-0 in the quarters at Turin. The loss eliminated Canada and they finished seventh, their worst showing in an Olympics.

Source:China Daily
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