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

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  • 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

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."

Canada's men now will face Sweden in the gold medal game on Sunday, while the United States faces Finland on Saturday for the bronze.

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