During the NHL season, the Chicago Blackhawks are the best of friends. They motivate each other, they want each other to do well, and they help each other in several areas on and off the ice. While their bond is strong, some of them will have to put it on hold this Friday. Canada is taking on the United States in one of the men's semifinals. It's a game that will pin three Chicago Blackhawks against one. Jonathan Toews, Patrick Sharp, and Duncan Keith of Canada will take on Patrick Kane of the United States.
The United States have been playing very well and will be a tough out for Canada who has struggled to find the back of the net. Canada has been dominant in most of their games, but have run into hot goaltenders who have kept the game close. The U.S. on the other hand, have outscored their opponents 19-6.
The winner of Friday's game will go on to the gold medal game. The last time these teams met was in the gold medal game in 2010 in which Canada won 3-2 in overtime. Toews and Keith were on Canada's squad and Kane was on the United States' squad. You can bet Kane will be looking for revenge against his friends in hopes of trying to win his first Olympic gold medal.
There might also be a friendly rivalry with Kane and Toews in terms of hardware. They both have two Stanley Cups, they both have won the Conn Smythe for being the best player in the NHL playoffs. However, Toews has a gold medal to his name, along with being named the best forward in the 2010 Olympics. Kane has a silver medal and would love to end the Olympics strong on his way to a gold.
It should be an entertaining game with a lot on the line. Let's hope it is as entertaining as last Olympics' match-up, if not better.
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