What a day to remember for U.S. coach Mark Johnson.
On the 30th anniversary of the “Miracle on Ice” — in which he scored two goals — Johnson saw his team avenge its 2006 Olympic shootout loss to Sweden with a 9-1 victory that set up a gold-medal showdown with Canada.
The Americans jumped ahead 4-0, then put the game away with four goals early in the third period, all against Kim Martin, the same goalie who stunned them in Turin.
Canada advanced with a 4-1 win over Finland.
MEN’S HOCKEY — Martin Brodeur is out as Canada’s goaltender, replaced by Roberto Luongo for today’s qualification game against Germany.
CURLING — Skip John Shuster’s team got an early lead over Canada, but wound up losing 7-2 in a shortened match. The Americans fell to 2-6 going into their finale Monday night against China.
CROSS-COUNTRY — Norway’s Petter Northug pulled away from Germany’s Axel Teichmann to help his country win the men’s team sprint. Americans Torin Koos and Andy Newell were ninth.
Germany won the women’s team sprint when Claudia Nystad beat Sweden’s Anna Haag across the line by 0.6 seconds. Americans Caitlin Compton and Kikkan Randall were sixth.
SKI JUMPING — On his final jump in the team event, 20-year-old Gregor Schlierenzauer soared farther than anyone else in these Winter Games to wrap up the gold for Austria. This was his third medal; he won bronze in both individual events.
BIATHLON — Magdalena Neuner of Germany won’t go for a third gold medal, pulling out of today’s relay because of exhaustion.