Canadian fans hoping to see the United States lose to Finland were reduced to stunned silence as the Americans rolled to a 6-1 victory and advanced to Sunday's gold medal game. Columnist Tracee Hamilton writes:
VANCOUVER, B.C. -- The Canadians have been a happy folk for much of the past two weeks. They wear their flags like capes and their red maple leaf jerseys like government mandates and their hearts on their sleeves, especially where hockey is concerned. They turned out Friday for the men's semifinal between the United States and Finland -- not in droves, but in respectable numbers for a game in which Canada was not involved. And these were not fans who arrived early to the Canada-Slovakia game; the arena is completely emptied between games.
Nope, these were folks who had tickets and a dream -- a dream of seeing the United States lose to Finland. And my, were they unhappy for much of the day, until Antii Miettinen ruined Team USA's shutout with 5 minutes 14 seconds to play. Then Canada Hockey Place erupted.