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Feb 21, 2014

Olympics-Ice hockey-Canada, United States primed for grudge match

SOCHI, Russia Feb 21 (Reuters) – Canada and the United States were preparing to take centre stage at the Sochi Winter Games in a mouth-watering men’s ice hockey grudge match on Friday with the winners earning a shot at Olympic gold.

Thousands of miles and nine times zones away, hockey-mad Canadians – still buzzing from a stunning 3-2 overtime win over the United States in the women’s final on Thursday – were waking up to another day of compelling action on the ice.

Feb 20, 2014

Silver again as fortune turns against U.S

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – American Julie Chu has four times stood on the ice, listened to Canada’s national anthem and watched the Maple Leaf raised to the roof while the United States’ great rivals celebrated an Olympic women’s ice hockey gold medal.

Three times Chu has had to settle for Olympic silver and once for bronze, the gold medal always just beyond her grasp.

Feb 20, 2014

Olympics-Ice hockey-Silver again as fortune turns against U.S.

SOCHI, Russia, Feb 20 (Reuters) – American Julie Chu has four times stood on the ice, listened to Canada’s national anthem and watched the Maple Leaf raised to the roof while the United States’ great rivals celebrated an Olympic women’s ice hockey gold medal.

Three times Chu has had to settle for Olympic silver and once for bronze, the gold medal always just beyond her grasp.

Feb 20, 2014

Gold medal rematches bring back buzz

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – Semi-finals featuring countries that share borders, a deep passion for ice hockey and a competitive hatred are sure to bring the buzz back to an Olympic men’s event still reeling from Russia’s shock exit.

The men’s ice hockey gold medal will be the last decided in Sochi, handed out just hours before Sunday’s closing ceremonies and the host nation will not be part of the excitement after crashing out in the quarter-finals.

Feb 20, 2014

Olympics-Ice hockey-Gold medal rematches bring back buzz

SOCHI, Russia, Feb 20 (Reuters) – Semi-finals featuring countries that share borders, a deep passion for ice hockey and a competitive hatred are sure to bring the buzz back to an Olympic men’s event still reeling from Russia’s shock exit.

The men’s ice hockey gold medal will be the last decided in Sochi, handed out just hours before Sunday’s closing ceremonies and the host nation will not be part of the excitement after crashing out in the quarter-finals.

Feb 19, 2014

Finns break Russian hearts as U.S., Canada advance

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – Finland broke Russian hearts in the Olympic men’s ice hockey competition on Wednesday, robbing the hosts of a shot at arguably the most coveted gold medal of the Games with a 3-1 victory.

The United States and Sweden strolled into the semi-finals, but Olympic champions Canada had to do it the hard way with a tense 2-1 win over unfancied Latvia.

Feb 19, 2014

Olympics-Ice hockey-Finns break Russian hearts as US, Canada advance

SOCHI, Russia, Feb 19 (Reuters) – Finland broke Russian hearts in the Olympic men’s ice hockey competition on Wednesday, robbing the hosts of a shot at arguably the most coveted gold medal of the Games with a 3-1 victory.

The United States and Sweden strolled into the semi-finals, but Olympic champions Canada had to do it the hard way with a tense 2-1 win over unfancied Latvia.

Feb 19, 2014

Nervy Canada make semis after Latvia fright

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – Canada escaped with a nervy 2-1 quarter-final win over Latvia in the Olympic men’s ice hockey tournament on Wednesday to keep their gold medal defence on track.

Despite dominating play and outshooting the plucky Latvians 57-16, Canada needed a late goal from Shea Weber to move into the semi-finals, where they will take on the United States in a rematch of the 2010 Vancouver Games gold medal game.

Feb 19, 2014

Olympics-Ice hockey-Nervy Canada make semis after Latvia fright

SOCHI, Russia Feb 19 (Reuters) – Canada escaped with a nervy 2-1 quarter-final win over Latvia in the Olympic men’s ice hockey tournament on Wednesday to keep their gold medal defence on track.

Despite dominating play and outshooting the plucky Latvians 57-16, Canada needed a late goal from Shea Weber to move into the semi-finals, where they will take on the United States in a rematch of the 2010 Vancouver Games gold medal game.

Feb 19, 2014

Russian defeat wrecks Putin’s plans for golden finish

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin’s plans for a golden finish to the Sochi Olympics were cancelled on Wednesday when Finland claimed a party-pooping win over the hosts of the Winter Games in the men’s ice hockey competition.

Russia have had other victories to celebrate and may yet finish top of the Sochi medal table, but that haul will not include gold in the sport that matters most.