All four lines contribute

AL STRACHAN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:45 AM ET

INNSBRUCK, Austria -- "The guys had that burn in their eyes," Team Canada forward Scott Walker explained.

Canada had just wrapped up a 5-4 victory over Slovakia and earned itself a spot in the semi-final and Walker had been one of the more noticeable contributors.

Even though only two lines did the scoring, the other two lines kept the pressure on Slovakia all night and after it was over, there was feeling that the Canadians had just given them too much to handle.

WORE SLOVAKS DOWN

"It was like every line was looking at the other and saying we're going to be better," Walker said. "We wore them down.

"We went four lines and the fourth line played well."

Simon Gagne, who scored twice for Canada, agreed. "It was a fun game for us to play," he said. "We were rolling four lines tonight and I think that's something that paid off. They were using three lines so we had a little more gas at the end."

The Canadians also were confident. They had said prior to the game that when the tournament gets down to its single-game-elimination format, they are at their best and always will find a way to win.

"When we did get down a goal," Walker said, "you had that sense that our guys are going to do it, that we have the guys here.

NO LETDOWN

"It's a little hard to explain, but that's the way you felt on the bench. There was no letdown.

"There was no panic, no frustration. Guys were just passing the torch, for lack of a better word, and the guys were just grinding and grinding and we just wore the poor goalie (Jan Lasak) out. He played well but I thought the guys just kept hammering the puck at him."

And when Joe Thornton continued the trend and hammered the puck at Lasak, he allowed the winner.


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