Canada Wins, Gets Russia in Hockey Quarters

One will be eliminated tomorrow, earlier than expected
By Will McCahill,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 23, 2010 9:34 PM CST
Eric Staal congratulates Canadian teammate Sidney Crosby after he scored against Germany tonight.   (AP Photo)

(Newser) – The Canadian men’s hockey team squashed Germany, 8-2, tonight to advance to the quarterfinals of the Vancouver Olympic tournament—where the star-studded squad will face Russia in a matchup nobody expected this soon. Tomorrow’s meeting ensures one powerhouse will leave without a medal—a position the hosts put themselves in with their weekend loss to the US.

The Americans, meanwhile, earned a bye into the quarterfinals with that victory; they will face Switzerland tomorrow. Finland and Sweden earned the other byes; the Finns will face either Latvia or the Czech Republic, and the Swedes get the Norway-Slovakia winner.

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