Semi-finals by the numbers

Numeric standouts from Bure and Reichel to Miller and Toews

26.02.2010
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Jonathan Toews is the tournament's top plus-minus player so far. Photo: Matthew Manor / HHOF-IIHF Images

VANCOUVER – Since the IIHF instituted the playoff system in 1992, we've witnessed some extraordinary drama and some routine victories in the Olympic men's semi-finals.

Some of those storylines, both at this tournament and at previous ones, are encapsulated in statistics. Check out these numbers to put the 2010 semi-finals in context.

Prior to 2010 semi-finals, number of Canadian players who have scored two or more goals:
8

Prior to 2010 semi-finals, number of Finnish players who have scored two or more goals: 4

Prior to 2010 semi-finals, number of Slovak players who have scored two or more goals: 5

Prior to 2010 semi-finals, number of USA players who have scored two or more goals: 4

Highest plus-minus for a Canadian player thus far:
+9, Jonathan Toews

Highest plus-minus for a Finnish player thus far: +2, 6 players

Highest plus-minus for a Slovak player thus far: +2, Lubomir Visnovsky, Martin Strbak

Highest plus-minus for a USA player thus far:
+6, Ryan Suter

Best goals-against average for a 2010 semi-final starting goalie: Ryan Miller (USA), 1.25

Best save percentage for a 2010 semi-final starting goalie:
Miikka Kiprusoff (Finland), 94.6

Number of previous Olympic semi-final appearances for Canada: 4 (1992, 1994, 1998, 2002)

Number of previous Olympic semi-final appearances for Finland:
3 (1994, 1998, 2006)

Number of previous Olympic semi-final appearances for Slovakia: 0 (does not include 1992 appearance under flag of Czechoslovakia)

Number of previous Olympic semi-final appearances for USA: 2 (2002, 2006)

Largest margin of victory in an Olympic semi-final:
6 goals (Canada 7, Belarus 1, 2002)

Smallest margin of victory in an Olympic semi-final: 1 goal (Sweden 4, Russia 3, 1994; Czech Republic 2, Canada 1 1998; United States 3, Russia 2, 2002)

Most goals by one player in an Olympic semi-final: 5 (Russia's Pavel Bure vs. Finland, final score 7-4 Russia)

Number of goals scored in Olympic semi-final shootouts all-time:
1 (Czech Republic's Robert Reichel on Canada's Patrick Roy, 1998)

Most Olympic semi-finals as a head or associate head coach:
2 (Viktor Tikhonov, Russia/CIS in 1992, 1994; Ivan Hlinka, Czech Republic/Czechoslovakia in 1992, 1998; Hannu Aravirta, Finland in 1994, 1998)

Number of shutouts recorded in Olympic semi-finals:
1 (2006: Finland 4, Russia 0. Goalie: Antero Niittymäki, 21 saves)

Number of times Olympic semi-finals have featured all European teams:
1 (2006: Sweden 7, Czech Republic 3; Finland 4, Russia 0)

LUCAS AYKROYD

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