The United States fell to Canada 1-0 in the semifinal of the Olympic tournament Friday at the Bolshoy Ice Dome.
The USA was unable to sustain very much offensive zone time. When the USA was able to get a scoring chance Carey Price was up to the task. Price did not give up any rebounds and Canada’s defensemen did not allow the USA to create traffic.
The difference in the game was the ability to control the puck in the offensive zone and keep the other team in defensive mode. Canada was able to take away space and hold USA to one-and-done offensive possessions.
When transitioning, Canada got the puck in behind the US defensemen and used the larger ice surface to keep the USA in defensive mode.
Jamie Benn scored the game’s only goal by getting in front of Brooks Orpik and re-directing a pass from Jay Bouwmeester into the open net behind Jonathan Quick.
The US now needs to rebound against Finland Saturday in the bronze medal game.
No. 3 - Jamie Benn. The Canada forward scored a goal.
No. 2 - Jonathan Quick. The USA goaltender stopped 36 shots.
No. 1 - Carey Price. The Canada goaltender stopped all 31 shots he faced.
Canada……0 1 0 - 1
USA…..……0 0 0 - 0
First Period - None. Penalties - Suter, USA (holding the stick), 10:52; Marleau, CAN (holding), 15:58.
Second Period - 1, Canada, Benn 2 (Bouwmeester), 1:41. Penalties - Getzlaf, CAN (high sticking), 3:16; Kunitz, CAN (slashing), 15:23.
Third Period - None. Penalties - Kessel, USA (hooking), 9:56.
Shots on goal - Canada 16-12-9 37. USA 11-11-9 31.
Goalies - Canada, Price (31-31). USA, Quick (36-37). Referees - Brad Meier, Kelly Sutherland. Linesmen - Ivan Dedioulia, Greg Devorski.
Sweden tops Finland
Erik Karlsson one-timed a pass from Alexander Steen through Kari Lehtonen to give Sweden a 2-1 win over Finland in the other semifinal matchup at the Bolshoy Ice Dome.
Lehtonen was slow to get into the butterfly and Karlsson’s blast from the point on the power play glanced off Lehtonen’s leg and into the net.
Finland put pressure on Sweden for most of the third period, but Henrik Lundqvist denied every scoring chance to preserve the win.
Olli Jokinen got Finland on the board first early in the second period, but Loui Eriksson tied the game five minutes and 22 seconds later.