Canada had just defeated the U.S. 1-0 to reach the gold-medal game in men’s hockey, and players quickly refocused on their real goal in Sochi -- becoming the first nation in 22 years to retain an Olympic championship.
Canada and the U.S. renew what American coach Dan Bylsma calls the biggest rivalry in hockey, meeting in the semifinals in Sochi four years after Sidney Crosby’s overtime goal lifted the Canadians past their North American neighbors for the Olympic gold medal in Vancouver.
Defending Olympic champion Canada got past Latvia to advance to the semifinals of the men’s ice hockey tournament in Sochi, where host Russia was ousted by Finland in the quarterfinals and failed to medal for the third straight Winter Games.
New York Rangers teammates Henrik Lundqvist and Rick Nash filled their bags with hockey gear for their visit to the Sochi Olympics. Ray Castoldi, who also plays at Madison Square Garden, packed his keyboard.