Wednesday, May 17, 2006

WC: Canada 4 - Slovakia 1. Bring on the Evil Swedes!

It looked like Slovakia might be able to pull off the massive upset, but then Sidney Crosby woke up and reality kicked Slovakia upside the head.

Patrice Bergeron and Sidney Crosby made sure Team Canada didn't get another taste of how fickle international hockey can be.

The Canadians outplayed Slovakia on Wednesday but found themselves in a tie game before Bergeron and Crosby scored late goals 90 seconds apart to lift Canada to a 4-1 win and into the semifinals at the IIHF world hockey championship.

Jeff Carter added a late goal while Mike Cammalleri also scored for the Canadians (6-1-0) while Dusan Milo replied for Slovakia (3-3-1), which will leave this tournament without a medal for the third straight year. Canada, meanwhile, moved one step closer to getting a medal for the fourth straight year after winning silver last year and capturing gold in 2003 and '04.

Canada will face Sweden in the semifinal on Saturday (1:15 p.m. ET). The Swedes easily handled the U.S. 6-0 in the early quarter-final game on the strength of three goals by Mika Hannula.

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