WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah (AP) -- While the United States and Russia skated toward another landmark meeting, Canada lived up to its potential and Belarus, of all countries, pulled one of the biggest upsets in Olympic hockey history.
The busiest day of the tournament featured four quarterfinal games Wednesday. It was as thrilling as advertised.
"That's the great thing and the scary thing about a single-elimination tournament," Canadian defenseman Rob Blake said. "You're only about one goal away from a win or a disaster."
The United States, seemingly in top form to challenge for its third straight gold medal in Olympics held on home ice, cruised into the semifinals with a 5-0 victory over Germany. Captain Chris Chelios scored one of the flurry of early goals that kept the Americans undefeated and confident.
"You seem to have the answers when things go well," Chelios said. "Right now, we're doing the little things right."
John LeClair, Brett Hull, Tony Amonte and Jeremy Roenick also scored as the team's high-scoring forwards took care of another opponent. Coach Herb Brooks said he feels good about his team with Friday's semifinal looming.
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