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TSN.ca Staff
2/21/2014 11:43:57 AM
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The last time the Canadian and American men's hockey teams met at the Olympics, Sidney Crosby's golden goal electrified the entire country.

This time, the two nations meet not for the gold medal, but for a chance at it.

Listen on TSN Radio as Canada takes on the United States in the semifinals at 11:30am et/8:30am pt.

For Canada, the semifinal offers another chance for their talented forward corps to break out of their goal-scoring funk. Of the 13 goals Canada has scored at the 2014 Games, only six have come from their forwards.

Jeff Carter of the Los Angeles Kings remains the only Canadian forward to have scored multiple goals in Sochi, having notched a natural hat trick against Austria in the preliminary round.

The United States, meanwhile, has seen their offence click on all cylinders – scoring a tournament-high 20 goals through the quarter-final round.

Toronto Maple Leafs forward Phil Kessel leads all Olympians with eight points and five goals through four games. He and his linemates – San Jose Sharks centre Joe Pavelski and his Toronto teammate James van Riemsdyk – have combined for 18 points so far at the tournament.

The American attack has been the opposite of the Canadians thus far at the Games, with all but three of their goals coming from their forward ranks.

While the Americans are expected to ice the same lineup they have employed throughout the Games thus far, injuries have necessitated a change up front for the Canadians. New York Islanders captain John Tavares suffered a knee injury that put an end to his NHL season in Canada's quarterfinal game against Latvia. He will be replaced up front by Matt Duchene.

Canada's Carey Price goes into the game with a .941 save precentage while Jonathan Quick is not far behind at .935.                         

Canada has won three of their four meetings with the United States since the NHL began full Olympic participation in 1998. The United States' only win came in the preliminary round of the 2010 Games.

Both teams enter the semifinals at the Sochi Olympics with unbeaten records after finishing atop their respective qualifying groups. Both teams, however, have been pushed to the limit at least once by their opposition. T.J. Oshie earned his Sochi celebrity by carrying the U.S. to a shootout win over Russia in the preliminary round. Canada, meanwhile, needed overtime to beat Finland in their Group B matchup.

The winner of the Canada-U.S. matchup will meet the winner of Friday's other semifinal between Sweden and Finland in Sunday's gold medal game.



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