2014 Olympic Winter Games (Men)

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2014 Olympic Winter Games (Men)
Game #25
Final
February 19, 2014 12:00 pm EST
Bolshoy Ice Dome
Sochi, RUS

Scoring

Teams
1st
2nd
3rd
Final
Teams
1
2
3
F
1
0
0
1
1
0
1
2

Shots on Goal

1st
2nd
3rd
Final
Teams
1
2
3
F
6
5
5
16
16
19
22
57

Statistics

Teams
PP
PIM
0 / 3
6
1 / 3
6

Game Story

WEBER’S LATE GOAL SENDS CANADA TO OLYMPIC SEMIFINALS

DAVID BRIEN

SOCHI, Russia – Shea Weber (Sicamous, B.C./Nashville, NHL) scored the game-winning goal with 6:54 to go in the third period as Canada’s Men’s Olympic Team moved on to the semifinals at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games with a 2-1 win over Latvia on Wednesday.

Canada will face the United States in Friday’s late semifinal (noon ET/9 a.m. PT), a rematch of the 2010 Olympic gold medal game, won 3-2 in overtime by the Canadians.

Sweden and Finland will meet in the other semifinal.

Patrick Sharp (Thunder Bay, Ont./Chicago, NHL) had the other goal for Canada, while Carey Price (Anahim Lake, B.C./Montreal, NHL) made 15 saves to record his third win in as many starts.

The Canadians got the scoring started at the 13:37 mark of the opening period; Rick Nash (Brampton, Ont./New York Rangers, NHL) corralled the puck in front and circled the net before finding Sharp, who one-timed a shot past the outstretched glove of Latvian goaltender Kristers Gudlevskis for a 1-0 lead.

But the European side answered back just 2:04 later with a little trickery. After Janis Sprukts won a neutral zone face-off, a Latvian defenceman quickly changed and forward Lauris Darzins jumped out the opposite door, taking a breakaway pass from Arturs Kulda and lifting a backhand over a sprawling Price.

Frustrated time and time again by Gudlevskis, the Canadian offence suffered a big loss in the second period when John Tavares (Oakville, Ont./New York Islanders, NHL) left the game with an injury; head coach Mike Babcock confirmed after the game that Tavares would miss the rest of the tournament.

Canada held a commanding 35-11 advantage in shots on goal after two periods, but Gudlevskis was single-handedly keeping his team in the game, making big save after big save.

The Canadians continued their offensive barrage in period three, racking up 22 shots on Gudlevskis, while the Latvians managed just five on Price.

But it took until the 19th shot of the final frame, and 54th of the game, for Canada to finally break through; with the Canadians enjoying a man advantage, Weber played give-and-go with Drew Doughty (London, Ont./Los Angeles, NHL) at the point before blasting his third goal of the tournament past Gudlevskis.

Through four games, Weber and Doughty have combined for seven goals, while the rest of the Canadian roster has six.

The 21-year-old Gudlevskis was undoubtedly the star of the game, finishing with an astounding 55 saves.

Play-by-Play

Team
Description
Time
1st Period
PENALTY
Penalty: Patrick Sharp
Tripping minor (2:00)
06:18
GOAL
Goal: Patrick Sharp

Assists: Rick Nash
13:37
GOAL
Goal: Lauris Darzins

Assists: Arturs Kulda, Janis Sprukts
15:41
PENALTY
Penalty: Duncan Keith
(auto) Broken Stick minor (2:00)
16:02
2nd Period
PENALTY
Penalty: Zemgus Girgensons
Slashing minor (2:00)
05:37
PENALTY
Penalty: Martin St-Louis
Slashing minor (2:00)
10:21
PENALTY
Penalty: Sandis Ozolins
(auto) High-Sticking minor (2:00)
19:33
3rd Period
PENALTY
Penalty: Georgijs Pujacs
Slashing minor (2:00)
11:09
GOAL
Goal: Shea Weber (power play)

Assists: Drew Doughty, Jonathan Toews
13:06
GOALTENDER CHANGE
Goaltender Change: Kristers Gudlevskis

19:30

Goaltenders

Name Team Mins SA SVS GA SV%
Kristers Gudlevskis LAT 58 57 55 2 0.965
Carey Price CAN 60 16 15 1 0.938

Game Leaders

Goals 1 - Assists 0 - Points 1
G 1 - A 0 - P 1
Goals 1 - Assists 0 - Points 1
G 1 - A 0 - P 1
Goals 0 - Assists 1 - Points 1
G 0 - A 1 - P 1
Goals 1 - Assists 0 - Points 1
G 1 - A 0 - P 1
Goals 0 - Assists 1 - Points 1
G 0 - A 1 - P 1
Goals 0 - Assists 1 - Points 1
G 0 - A 1 - P 1

Previous Games

1 - 2 L @ CanadaCAN
Feb 19, 2014
3 - 0 W @ SwedenSWE
Feb 23, 2014
3 - 1 W @ SwitzerlandSUI
Feb 18, 2014
1 - 0 W @ United StatesUSA
Feb 21, 2014
3 - 5 L @ SwedenSWE
Feb 15, 2014
2 - 1 W vs. LatviaLAT
Feb 19, 2014
Videos
Photos
TELUS: REG 6 – STR 3 (Bronze Medal)
Miller and Woods had three points apiece to lead the Pat Canadians over the Bisons for bronze.
TELUS: TOR - CHA (Gold Medal)
Bonsteel scored twice and Ewing made 35 saves, leading the Young Nationals to their first TELUS Cup title.
TELUS: TOR 3 – REG 1 (Semifinal)
Regan got the winner seven minutes into the third period to send the Young Nationals to the final.
TELUS: CHA 7 – STR 1 (Semifinal)
The Grenadiers scored the game’s final seven goals to beat the Bisons and return to the gold medal game.
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