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Mixed Olympic results for Canadian hockey
The Canadian women's hockey team continued its dominance by defeating the Swedes to win gold in Turino. Over the span of the Olympic tournament, they crushed their opponents by a margin of 46-2 over their first five games. The men's team though proved to be a total disappointment. They got through the preliminary round but lost 2-0 to the Russian squad in their quarter-final matchup today. Their biggest problem proved to be their inability to score goals. Over the last four games, they scored just 3 goals and those were all scored in the first period against the Czechs. Martin Gerber, Antero Niittymaki and Evgeny Nabokov all managed to shutout the Canadian team.
Their game today against the Russians was typical of their play in the 2006 Torrino Olympics. They were able to get some scoring chances on Nabokov but they either could not convert or found themselves in poor scoring positions. Martin Brodeur played a great game but the rest of the team just didn't have it. A dumb penalty by Todd Bertuzzi saw the Canadian squad give up the first goal as Washington Capitals rookie Alexander Ovechkin scored early in the third period. Chris Pronger lost control of the puck behind the net, and after Shane Doan couldn't clear, Ovechkin put the puck past goaltender Martin Brodeur. Alexei Kovalev topped off the with less than 30 seconds to play, also on a power-play.
The 2006 Olympic campaign was a huge disappointment. For the most part, the Canadian team looked lethargic and uninterested. The coaching staff was unable to get them on the same page and it was clear that the Swiss, Finns and Russians were able to out work and outscore them with ease.