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Canada defeats Slovakia in men's hockey, setting up gold-medal game rematch with U.S.

February 26, 2010 |  8:54 pm


After jumping out to a 3-0 lead, Canada held on in a frantic third period to defeat Slovakia, 3-2, and advance to the gold-medal game in men's hockey, where it will face the U.S.

The U.S. and Canada have faced off once already in the Vancouver Games, with the U.S. defeating Canada, 5-3. It seems all of Canada has been hoping for a rematch and a chance to show the Americans how to really play the game that Canada invented. 

Patrick Marleau, Brenden Morrow and the Ducks' Ryan Getzlaf scored for Canada. Slovakia had several chances to tie the score in the final two minutes, but Canada goalie Roberto Luongo made several nice saves to preserve the victory.

Slovakia plays Finland for the bronze medal Saturday, and the U.S. and Canada will have their rematch Sunday at 12:15 in a game that will be televised live on NBC.

-- Houston Mitchell in Vancouver, Canada 

Photo: Brenden Morrow celebrates a goal. Credit: Bruce Bennett, Getty Images.