Canada advanced to the gold-medal match Sunday against Sweden, which beat Finland 2-1 in the earlier semifinal at Bolshoy Ice Dome. The Canadians are on the brink of their third gold medal in four Olympics, and they're guaranteed their first medals outside North America in 20 years.
After its first loss in Sochi, the U.S. will face Finland for bronze on Saturday.
The defending Olympic champions left no doubt about their North American hockey supremacy in a semifinal rematch of the final game of the Vancouver Games, won on Sidney Crosby's golden goal.
The Canadians haven't even trailed in the Sochi Olympics, and they didn't need overtime to maintain border supremacy on the U.S. Their stifling defense has allowed just three goals in five games, and they clamped down on the high-scoring American offense for every minute of a slightly anti-climactic evening.
Canada beat the Americans for the fourth time in five Olympic meetings since the NHL players joined the party in 1998. Both teams rolled unbeaten through the Sochi tournament to this showdown, but the expected offensive theatrics in this meeting never occurred, buried along with the friendships and NHL bonds that must be discarded when these teams meet.
Defenseman Jay Bouwmeester created the only goal with a clever pass to Benn, the Dallas Stars captain in the midst of an outstanding tournament. That was all the offense needed by Price, the Montreal goalie who easily handled the Americans' few good chances, including their clunky power plays.
Jonathan Quick stopped 36 shots for the Americans, who had trailed for just 7:19 in Sochi before Benn's goal put them in a hole they never escaped.
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