In case you missed it, team Canada BARELY got past team Finland by a score of 1-0 to advance to the Olympic Men’s Hockey semi-finals in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
Canadian goaltenders Ben Scrivens and Kevin Poulin combined for the shutout after Scrivens was forced out of the game with an injury in the second period.
Poulin was thrust into action during the elimination game, after Scrivens appeared shaken up after being run by a Finnish forward.
Here’s the play that took Scrivens out of action:
Watch closely and you’ll see that it’s actually Canadian defenceman Eric O’Dell who runs the Finnish forward into Scrivens. Also, for what it’s worth Scivens did try to stay in the game and appeared to shake off the injury for a bit, but eventually took himself out of the game at the 4:17 mark of the second period.
Now, just hours after the game, Sportsnet insider John Shannon has revealed some devastating news for Scrivens and team Canada:
Ouch. That hurts. For the record, Canada’s third string goalie is Justin Peters.
Surely Canada will be able to get past Germany in their semifinal matchup, but do you like their chances against either Russia or the Czech Republic with Poulin or Peters in goal?
Germans upset Swedes
Meanwhile, while Canada was busy shutting out the Finns, the Germans must have taken some inspiration from the Czech Republic’s shootout victory over team USA, as Germany somehow, SOMEWAY, managed to get past Sweden with a 4-3 OT victory.
Czechs upset the Americans. Germans STUN the Swedes. What a crazy turn of events.
With the quarterfinals now ever, the semifinal matchups have been determined. The Olympic Athletes from Russia (Or... you know... Russia) will face the Czech Republic and Canada will face Germany. The winners of the two contests will meet for gold and silver, the losers will play for bronze.