In less than 30 minutes, the Russians allowed one more goal than they had in the round-robin portion of the tournament.
Sergei Gonchar did cut the lead by one with 8:20 left in the period with a blast from the point on a power-play, but Canada held a four-goal lead with 20 minutes to play.
The Russians did themselves no favor with two penalties to start the third period, and the red-clad squad only mustered minimal pressure on Luongo despite trailing by a 7-3 count.
To add injury to insult, Ovechkin also hurt his right hand trying to catch a puck with his palm in the game’s final minutes, but he was able to return before the game’s final horn.
Semin was involved in an altercation late as well, as after the Russian earned a penalty with less than three minutes to go, Boyle slewfooted the Capital to the ice by taking his skates out from behind and throwing him to the ice.
The Canadians, who struggled in their last two games of the round-robin portion of the tournament, have come alive offensively, scoring 15 goals in the medal-round wins over Germany and Russia, while allowing just five. They also gained a measure of revenge on the Russians for ousting them in the 2006 Turin quarterfinals.
“We played an awesome game for 60 minutes,” Luongo told the press afterwards. “We played a great game.”
“I saw a team that wants to win and play smart hockey and another team that didn’t play smart hockey and didn’t play with passion,” Bryzgalov told AP. “I don’t know why. Every one of us has to ask this question of themselves.”
Next up for the hosts will be the defending Olympic champions from Sweden, or the Slovakians. The United States will play the Finns in Friday’s early semifinal.
The Russians head home with a 2-1-1 record, and certainly will raise several questions after coming into the tournament as a strong contender and folding quickly against the talented Canadian team. Should the next Winter Olympics have NHL players, the host Russians certainly will need to put on a better performance in front of the crowds in Sochi.
And while Crosby or Ovechkin didn’t register a point in the match, it certainly is a bitter end to the Washington star’s second Olympic tournament. Ovechkin finishes with two goals and two assists in four games and another trip home without any hardware, while his Caps teammate Semin finishes with two assists.
“We don’t understand what happened,” Ovechkin told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. “We made too many mistakes. I don’t know why. Canada today was so better than us in every aspect.”