Sixteen months removed from the scariest moment of his life, Wolski is not only walking and functional but playing hockey at such a high level that he's representing Canada at the Olympics.
"Job 1 done", Lee added following his two-assist effort.
"We have to keep getting better", Desjardins said. I think when the guys were trying to make the team, they were playing harder.
It was a game with 10 Wisconsin athletes on the ice: Brianna Decker, Meghan Duggan, Amanda Kessel, Hilary Knight and Alex Rigsby for Team USA, all either from Madison or attended University of Wisconsin, and Canada's Emily Clark, Ann-Renee Desbiens, Meaghan Mikkelson, Nurse, and Blayre Turnbull, all who do or have attended the University of Wisconsin.
With the service of NHL player, the global hockey powerhouse is set to begin the competition led by the likes of Chris Kelley, Derek Roy, and other players whose NHL times have passed.
Canada's next game is Saturday against the Czech Republic, which beat South Korea 2-1 in the other night game at the Gangneung Hockey Centre.
The thought here is that this format both guarantees a compelling round-robin game between Canada and United States of America, but also that barring an upset of biblical proportions, the two hockey superpowers won't meet in a semifinal game. I had to wait for a couple of hours after the team left and it was a late night.
Canada came in to the tournament as an apparent underdog to the Americans.
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After a few minutes, she was seen sitting under her own power, and was soon walking without assistance, albeit gingerly. Sweeney, 24, is competing in her first Olympics after missing out on a spot in the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.
Wolski took it week-by-week, telling doctors what hurt and asking them how to make it better. The United States won two of the first three, but Canada now has won five straight against their biggest and only rival.
Canada ended up losing the game. "If we could get one win we would be really happy, and now we have it". And that's why everyone is assuming that the two countries are on a collision course to meet in the gold medal game in 2018. "I think a real good positive outcome would've just been the fact that he's able to get around again, do activities in his daily living and hang out with his kids and stuff like that".
Beating the world champions made Canada the top seed for Monday's semi-finals with the Americans second as both await Saturday quarter-final winners from among Switzerland, Finland, Sweden and the Olympic Athletes from Russian Federation.
"I'm sure I'll remember it for the rest of my life and I'll probably brag about it to my kids one day", said Wolski, who has 451 games with six National Hockey League teams but now wears Russian club colours. He danced around a Swiss defender at the blue line before snapping a wrist shot past Leonardo Genoni, who was pulled in favor of Jonas Hiller following the goal.
Switzerland pushed back at the end of the second period, keeping the puck in the Canadian zone but could not convert the pressure.
Spain's Javier Fernandez was second with 107.58 and Japan's Shoma Uno scored 104.17 for third. The point Team USA earned in its overtime loss to Slovenia could prove crucial, as a win over OAR would put the U.S.at 7 points and guarantee a bye to the quarterfinals. Agosta was named MVP in Vancouver in 2010 and was recently named assistant captain.
Nurse, 23, is a forward for Team Canada and is from Hamilton, Ont.