The last time the United States met Canada in the men's Olympic hockey tournament, the Canadians won the gold medal.
This time, the prize is just a trip to the gold medal game, but Team U.S.A. hasn't forgotten what happened last time.
"Every time you're playing for your country, you want to represent as best you can," U.S. and Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane said. "The Canadians got our number in 2010, so it'd be nice to get them back."
Though the U.S. has been playing terrifically since getting to Sochi — no one's scored more in the tournament than the Americans — Canada still carries unmatched NHL star power. Sidney Crosby, Jonathan Toews, Duncan Keith, Shea Weber. The All Stars just keep on coming. And they'll keep coming at U.S. goalie Jonathan Quick.
"When we came here, this is the position we wanted to be in," Quick said. "Playing against Canada, obviously they won the gold medal last time and one of the favorites coming into the tournament. So it's going to be a great game, we're looking forward to it. We've got to keep doing our work and be prepared as possible for this game."
The U.S. takes on Canada in the semifinal at 11 a.m. Friday.