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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Canadians Cruise Past U.S. Rival




NAGANO, Japan -- Patrick Roy made 30 saves and Canada cruised to an easy 4-1 victory over archrival United States on Monday, finishing the Olympic round-robin play unbeaten and heading to a quarterfinal matchup with Kazakhstan.


Roy, inexplicably left off the World Cup team as Canada suffered a devastating defeat to the Americans 17 months ago, was at his best during a first-period two-man U.S. power play as he turned aside two point-blank shots each by Brett Hull, Brian Leetch and Chris Chelios during the 1:40 span.


Shortly thereafter, Rob Zamuner scored on perfect passes by Wayne Gretzky and Joe Sakic, and the Canadians went on to an emotional, satisfying victory.


Roy wasn't beaten until Hull scored with 5:56 to play as Canada (3-0-0), seeking its first Olympic gold medal since 1952, won its four-team group and will play the last-place squad from the other group, Kazakhstan, in Wednesday's single-elimination quarterfinals.


The United States (1-0-2), considered a co-favorite because of its stunning victory over Canada in the '96 World Cup, finished third and will play the Czech Republic.


Russia 2, Czech Republic 1. Valery Bure and Alexei Zhamnov scored 10 seconds apart early in the third period as Russia held off the Czech Republic 2-1 on Monday in the round-robin finale of Olympic ice hockey. In Wednesday's single-elimination quarterfinals, the Russians will play Belarus, a 5-2 loser to Sweden on Monday. The Czechs meet the United States, which finished third in its group after the 4-1 loss to Canada earlier Monday.


After a scoreless first period, Russia fell behind 1-0 on Robert Reichel's power-play goal at 11:53 of the second.


But the Russians quickly got it together in the third.


Bure scored on a slap shot at 3:27 to tie the game. Ten seconds later, Zhamnov fought his way through Czech defenders Petr Svoboda and Roman Hamrlik and scored the game-winning goal while lying on his stomach.


Finland 8, Kazakhstan 2. Raimo Helminen and Esa Tikkanen scored in a 50-second span of the first period Monday to propel Finland to a 8-2 victory over Kazakhstan on Monday, its first in the Olympics after two straight losses.


Teemu Selanne had a goal and two assists for Finland, which had a 4-1 lead and a 28-4 advantage in shots after two periods against the only remaining team without a player from the NHL.


The Finns will open the single-elimination quarterfinals against Sweden. Kazakhstan next plays unbeaten Canada.


Sweden 5, Belarus 2. Niklas Sundstrom scored a goal and an assist and defending Olympic ice hockey champion Sweden completed its round-robin play Monday with a 5-2 victory over Belarus.


Sweden will play Finland on Wednesday in the single-elimination quarterfinals. Belarus, which lost its three round-robin games by a combined 15-4 score, will face Russia.


Sweden finished the round-robin portion with a 2-0-1 record, the lone blemish a 3-2 loss to Canada. Although Canada (3-0-0) established itself as the team to beat by outscoring its opponents 12-3, the Swedes appear primed for the challenge of defending their title.