Blackhawks Give Helping Hand to Team Canada

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    NEWSLETTERS

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    Team Canada scores after they scored a goal during the ice hockey Men's Qualification Playoff game between Germany and Canada on day 12 of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics at UBC Thunderbird Arena on February 23, 2010 in Vancouver, Canada.

    The Canandian hockey team's victory over Germany Tuesday night sets them up for a quarter-final showdown against Russia, and among them are three Chicago Blackhawks.

    Keith Duncan had two assists and Jonathan Toews had one during the 8-2 match-up at the UBC Thunderbird Arena in Vancouver.

    Full Results: Men's Playoff Qualifier: Canada Vs. Germany

    Earlier, Bode Miller's bid to continue his Olympic redemption ended in a crash, but Team U.S.A. still strengthened its lead in the Vancouver medal derby, picking up a silver medal in the Nordic combined team relay.

    Miller, who famously washed out at the 2006 games in Turin, but has medaled three times in the current games, wiped out in his first run of the giant slalom. Teammate Ted Ligety, a favorite in the Olympic event, also fell short, landing at a disappointing ninth.

    Team U.S.A was shut out of the event, as Swiss skier Carlo Janka took gold and two Norwegians, Kjetil Jansrud and Aksel Lund Svindal, respectively won silver and bronze.

    Despite its skiing losses, the Americans have won a startling 26 medals, including seven golds, to outpace Germany's 23 medals, which also includes seven golds.

    Team U.S.A. won its 26th medal, a silver, in the Nordic combined team relay Tuesday, losing by 5.2 seconds to Austria. The U.S. has never won a Nordic combined medal at any Games -- until Vancouver.

    The event saw contenders take one competition jump from the large hill and then compete in a 4x5-km cross-country relay. Team  member Johnny Spillane won silver in the individual normal hill event on Feb. 14.

    The other medal events today included men's 10,000-meter speedskating, which saw the stunning disqualification of favorite Sven Kramer and a brilliant gold-medal winning performance by South Korea's Lee Seung-Hoon.

    Kramer mistakently switched to the inside while coming off of a turn on the track, a move that meant the Dutch favorite skated the last eight laps of his race -- otherwise seemingly flawless -- in the wrong lane.

    Other medal events include the women's 4X6 biathlon relay and women's freestyle skiing.

    The women's figure skating competition begins with the short program and a pall over the event after Canadian Joannie Rochette 's mother died Sunday while in Vancouver to watch her daughter compete. Rochette, 24, who represents Canada's best shot at a medal in the event, will compete with a heavy burden on her shoulders.

    Americans Rachel Flatt, 17, and Mirai Nagasu, 16, are the only U.S. skaters in this year's competition, and neither is seen as a serious challenger to South Korea's Kim Yu-Na.