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Canada breaks U.S. hockey hearts a second time in 24 hours

By Tom Cohen, CNN
updated 3:34 PM EST, Fri February 21, 2014
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Canadian men advance to gold medal game with 1-0 win
  • Both the Canadian and U.S. teams are full of NHL stars
  • The U.S. will play Finland for the bronze on Saturday, Canada goes against Sweden on Sunday
  • U.S. women lost heartbreaking gold medal game against Canada

(CNN) -- For the second time in 24 hours, Canada broke U.S. hockey hearts.

Using their speed and strength to control much of the play, the Canadians knocked their southern neighbors out of gold medal contention for the second straight Olympics with a 1-0 victory in a riveting men's semifinal match Friday.

The victory came a day after the Canadian women won the gold medal by coming back in the final minutes to beat the Americans in overtime.

Canada needed no late heroics Friday, outshooting the United States 36-31 and testing American goalie Jonathan Quick from all angles.

The heartbreak reached all the way to the White House, where spokesman Jay Carney told reporters that the game "seemed just as stressful for (American) fans to watch" as the women's final.

"But congratulations to Canada," Carney said. "They certainly know their way around a hockey rink."

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Sidney Crosby celebrates after scoring Canada's second goal during the men's ice hockey gold medal match against Sweden on Sunday, February 23. Most of us know the Winter Olympics through the power of television, as a spectacle in constant motion. Seeing the Games through still photography is a different experience altogether. Here's a look at the most compelling images from the word's best photographers at Sochi 2014. | More photos: Falling down in Sochi Sidney Crosby celebrates after scoring Canada's second goal during the men's ice hockey gold medal match against Sweden on Sunday, February 23. Most of us know the Winter Olympics through the power of television, as a spectacle in constant motion. Seeing the Games through still photography is a different experience altogether. Here's a look at the most compelling images from the word's best photographers at Sochi 2014. | More photos: Falling down in Sochi
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Canada forward Jonathan Toews fights for the puck in the second period of the gold medal men's hockey game against Sweden on Sunday, February 23. As world-class athletes compete in the Winter Olympics, we expect to see elegant and thrilling performances. But some finishes, in triumph, defeat or just plain exhaustion, often involve landing hard on a cold, wet surface. Here, we take a lighter look at those giving their all for a chance at the gold. | More photos: Visions of Sochi Canada forward Jonathan Toews fights for the puck in the second period of the gold medal men's hockey game against Sweden on Sunday, February 23. As world-class athletes compete in the Winter Olympics, we expect to see elegant and thrilling performances. But some finishes, in triumph, defeat or just plain exhaustion, often involve landing hard on a cold, wet surface. Here, we take a lighter look at those giving their all for a chance at the gold. | More photos: Visions of Sochi
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