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Canada wins to advance to matchup against Russia

VANCOUVER, British Columbia - A revived Canadian team beat Germany, 8-2, last night, setting up a superpower showdown against Russia Wednesday night.

Canada's Sidney Crosby had a goal, new full-time partner Jarome Iginla scored twice and their new linemate Eric Staal had three assists.

Coach Mike Babcock changed Crosby's line in an attempt to get the NHL's third-leading scorer going. He added Staal's size and gave Iginla a more permanent place on Crosby's other wing.

Canada's Shea Weber had a goal that left scorch marks in the net, leading to a three-goal second period.

A game that Canada didn't plan on playing so soon now creates a highly anticipated matchup.

Russia had two days off after winning its group and will be better rested than Canada, which will be playing its second game in 24 hours.

Canada changed goaltenders from Martin Brodeur to Roberto Luongo after being exiled to a qualification game by its surprise loss to the United States.

Russian general manager Vladislav Tretiak says forward Sergei Zinovyev will play against Canada. The forward practiced Tuesday, two days after injuring his left leg.

Zinovyev didn't play in the third period of Sunday's win over the Czech Republic.

He was hurt when Olympic and KHL teammate Alexander Radulov boarded a Czech into him, bending his left leg, which required surgery after the 2008 world championships.

Zinovyev has two points in three games at the Vancouver Olympics and is tied with Alex Ovechkin and Ilya Nikulin with a team-high, plus-3 rating.

Tretiak says goaltender Evgeni Nabokov will start.

Swedish forward Patric Hornqvist practiced two days after being checked in the head and is expected to play in the quarterfinals.

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