World Cup of Hockey: Canada advances to finals, defeats Russia 5-3

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Canadian national hockey team has been nothing but impressive in this year’s World Cup of Hockey. The team had just sent their Russian counterparts home Saturday night at the Air Canada Centre to advance to the finals. Canada outscored team Russia 5-3.

According to The Star, the Canadians have been dominating the whole tournament so far that they had gone through three relatively easy victories.

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Team Canada’s Sidney Crosby was one of the key players that led to Canada’s win over Russia. ABC News said that Crosby had been very effective on both ends of the game. He scored once and assisted on both of Brad Marchand’s goals.

Aside from Crosby’s performance in the 2016 World Cup, Crosby also helped the Canadians beat the Russians 7-3 in the quarterfinals of the 2010 Vancouver Games. Moreover, they also dismantled the Russians at the Winter Olympics in Russia where Crosby and the Canadians earned gold once more.

Crosby scored the opening goal of the match, ended with three points and became the tournament scoring lead in the semifinals.

“Honestly, everyone knows what’s going on, that we had to increase the intensity but don’t force plays and keep being smart,” Bergeron said. “You can tell the experience in the locker room. Nobody panicked. Guys remained calm.”

“We stayed positive – and it worked out,” he added.

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The Canadians will face whichever team wins between Team Europe and Sweden on Sunday in a best-of-three finals for the World Cup of Hockey title.

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