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In fact, the Canadians need less than two weeks from all involved.

The victor of Group B, in this case Switzerland, would normally receive a bye as well, but must play a quarterfinal against the fourth-place team in Group A, in this case the Olympic Athletes of Russian Federation, to determine who meets Canada in one semifinal.

Kendall Coyne beat Lacasse between the pads 23 seconds into the third, but the Americans didn't muster another goal despite outshooting Canada nearly 2-to-1.

Canada, Sweden and Czechoslovakia all ended up with a 5-2 records, meaning there was a three-way tie for second place.

While Canada now holds a 40-4-2 edge over Switzerland in Olympic and IIHF World Championship play, the Swiss had won two of the last three meetings and four of the last nine.

"We had this whole week watching athletes compete in their sports and we finally got our chance, and I'm happy everyone came to play", said Wolski.

"They came at us", Granato said. If it's being a leader by example, then that's what it is.

The Swedes have done this before with young defensemen - please recall the freaky decision to dress Oliver Ekman-Larsson for their semifinal game in Sochi and then not actually give the then-22-year-old Arizona Coyotes defenseman a shift in the game.

The Canadians got plenty of that from Bourque, as well.

Garret Roe made a nifty pass from behind the net to set up Brian O'Neil at 14:44 of the opening period to give U.S. a 1-0 lead.

"You didn't really know what to expect it's been a long process we knew the Swiss would have a good and that they would play hard", Canada coach Willie Desjardins told reporters.

"Bourque is a beast down low".

Wolski is having the time of a lifetime as he takes in every aspect of being at the Olympic Winter Games.

Bourque scored his first of the tournament when he redirected Chris Lee's pass into the back of the net at 2:57 of the first period.

Roy, who had three assists, and logged the most ice time among Canadian forwards (17:30) on the game, showed flashes of the offensive prowess that once saw him score 30 goals in the National Hockey League.

But U.S. forward Amanda Kessel said as much - perhaps trying to convince herself - by declaring that the Americans had "put some doubt" in the minds of the Canadians because somehow the shot clock had more meaning than the scoreboard.

"For me, most importantly, I'll look at scoring chances for and against and how can we generate more and how can we eliminate some of those chances against us". "We're going to try to build from there".

The medal was redemption for the Canadian team, which finished fourth in the relay when it made its Olympic debut four years ago - a mere tenth of a second back of third.

Team USA was embarrassed by Slovenia in its tournament opener, losing 3-2 in overtime and getting outplayed for the last 20 minutes by a significant margin.

"We all have a different style and we learn from each other and push each other".

Canadian defender Brigette Lacquette roofed a backhand over Rooney late in the period, but the whistle was already sounding for players in the crease and it was quickly waived off.

Now that the tournament has begun, the storylines can start to shift from who isn't here to who is and making the best of the opportunity. "Obviously you always want to eliminate shots against. We kind of stopped doing that in the third period".

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