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Canada holds off Latvia 2-1 in Olympic thriller

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  • Canada forward Jonathan Toews congratulates Canada goaltender Carey Price Wednesday after Canada's 2-1 win over Latvia during a men's quarterfinal ice hockey game at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

      Canada forward Jonathan Toews congratulates Canada goaltender Carey Price Wednesday after Canada's 2-1 win over Latvia during a men's quarterfinal ice hockey game at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
    Associated Press

 
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SOCHI, Russia -- Shea Weber scored a tiebreaking power-play goal with 6:54 to play, and Canada survived an enormous scare from Latvia to advance to the Olympic men's hockey semifinals with a 2-1 victory Wednesday night.

Carey Price made 15 saves for the defending Olympic champion Canadians, who were stretched to the limit by Latvia goalie Kristers Gudlevskis.

The 21-year-old Tampa Bay Lightning prospect made 55 saves in a spectacular performance, nearly pulling one of the biggest upsets in hockey history largely by himself.

But Weber unleashed his peerless slap shot late in a power play, and Canada finally took the lead on its 54th shot against Gudlevskis.

Canada advanced to a semifinal meeting with the United States in a rematch of the gold-medal game in Vancouver four years ago.

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