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Canada beats U.S. 1-0 to reach gold-medal game

By The Associated Press

This article was published February 21, 2014 at 2:38 p.m.

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USA goaltender Jonathan Quick dives for the puck during the second period of the men's semifinal ice hockey game at the 2014 Winter Olympics on Friday in Sochi, Russia.

SOCHI, Russia — For the rematch, Canada skipped the overtime and shelved the theatrics.

One slick goal and 60 minutes of stifling defensive hockey kept the Canadians firmly on top of the U.S. and moved them to the brink of gold again.

Jamie Benn scored in the second period, Carey Price made 31 saves, and Canada beat the United States 1-0 Friday night in the semifinals of the Olympic men's hockey tournament.

Canada advanced to the gold-medal match Sunday against Sweden, which beat Finland 2-1 in the earlier semifinal at Bolshoy Ice Dome.

With an unbeaten run through Sochi, the Canadians are a win away from their third gold medal in four Olympics, and they're guaranteed their first medals outside North America in 20 years.

This win had none of the flair of Sidney Crosby's overtime goal to beat the U.S. four years ago, and the Canadians didn't care.

"We didn't score a lot of goals, but we didn't have to," Canada forward Jonathan Toews said. "The next game will follow that work ethic. We can check, we can work our tails off, and we can make things real tough for the other team."

After its first loss in Sochi, the U.S. will face Finland for bronze on Saturday.

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