Canada 3 – Slovakia 2

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Slovakia was expected to give Canada its greatest test before the gold medal game and hopes were riding high on the Canadians. With the entire nation being carried on the backs of the Canadian players, it was up to them to take out the Slovakian team after they upset the 2006 champions, Sweden in the previous game. Canada earned a close 3 – 2 win over Slovakia.

Patrick Marleau and Brendan Morrow gave Team Canada the advantage in the first period with them up by two over the Slovakians.

In the second period, Ryan Getzlaf padded Canada’s lead with a goal making it 3 – 0 for the home team.

However, the Slovakians were not ready to give up, scoring two goals in the third period, from Lubomir Visnovsky and Michal Handzus. Handzus’ goal came within the last five minutes making for an exciting end to the game.

Canada will face the United States on Sunday, February 28th at 12:00 PM [PST].

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