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The fight for the last spot in the finals between Canada and USA began on Friday, ending with a 1-0 shutout in Canada's favor.
The first period brought a big push filled with great opportunities and fast skating for both sides. In the first minute and a half, Phil Kessel put the pressure on and went straight for Canada's goal at full speed.
Although it was a failed attempt, both teams started more than ready to play and, more importantly, win.
The first period remained scoreless. With the second period underway and 1:41 having elapsed, Canada gained a 1-0 lead off of Jamie Benn’s score.
This was the only goal of the entire game, according to The New York Times.
Team USA’s defense started to loosen in the second period as they endured a failed power play and trailed in goals. Canada and USA demonstrated great back and forth, nonstop action. After 40 minutes of the game had gone by, at the end of the second period, team USA seemed to slowly unravel.
Carey Price and Jonathan Quick both played an extremely solid game in goal, but their efforts are separated by the one goal that made it in the USA net.
The third period brought more back and forth play and numerous chances for scoring. The last few minutes of the game were anxiety ridden, but team USA came up short.
Canada out-shot their rivals 37-31, according to The National Post.
Tomorrow Finland and the USA will compete for the bronze, while Canada will face off against Sweden for the gold on Sunday at 7 a.m.
image courtesy of NBC