And so there were three. Of the five Boston Bruins who made the trip to the Sochi Winter Olympics, three remain alive in the hunt for gold. Zdeno Chara was eliminated when Slovakia was defeated in a qualification playoff on Monday. David Krejci was also beaten as the Czech Republic fell to the United States in Tuesday’s quarterfinal game.
Tuukka Rask, Loui Eriksson and Patrice Bergeron all advanced to the semifinal round on Tuesday. Eriksson and Sweden annihilated Slovenia, 5-0. Bergeron and Canada snuck by Latvia, 2-1. Rask’s performance in the quarterfinal round was by far the most impressive out the Bruins who were in action.
Finland upset the host nation Russia, 3-1. Rask was dominant in net and seemed as if he was gaining more and more confidence as the game progressed. Finland appears to be a dark-horse as the tournament progresses. With Rask performing the way he is, Finland is capable of pulling off an upset, or maybe even two.
The semifinals will pair Sweden opposite Finland and the United States against rival Canada. The games will played on Friday. Each team will be given a day to rest and prepare for the monumental clashes. The losers will square-off in a duel for the bronze medal.
Each of the remaining countries posses world-class goaltending, goal-scoring and defensive play. It’s really a coin flip when it comes to predicting the winners. Aside from Russia, this final group of four was considered to be the cream of the crop heading into the tournament.