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Thursday February 23, 2006
Alexander Ovechkin broke a scoreless tie 1:30 into
the third period and Russia eliminated defending
champion Canada from the Olympics with a 2-0
victory in the men’s hockey quarter-finals

It’s the first time Canada has failed to reach the
semifinals in three tries since full participation of
NHL players began with the 1998 Games in
Nagano, Japan, when it lost the bronze medal game.
Canada won gold at the 2002 Games in Salt Lake

“It’s hard to repeat as gold medal
champions, it’s hard to repeat as Stanley Cup
champions,� Canadian defenceman Chris
Pronger said during a CBC interview. “It’s a
tough thing to do.�

There are no consolation games at the Olympics, so
Team Canada will be headed home while Russia
moves on to play Finland in the semifinals on Friday.
The Finns beat the United States 4-3 in their quarter-

The loss put a damper on what had been a great day
for Canada at the Games with two gold and two

It was Canada’s first Olympic meeting with the
Russians since losing the 1992 gold medal game at
Albertville, France, in 1992. Despite the lack of goals,
it was a rousing, physical game.
Team Canada eliminated by Russia
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