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Canada poised to handle pressure

Updated: September 8, 2004, 4:04 PM ET
By Scott Burnside | Special to ESPN.com

TORONTO -- These are nervous hours for a team that should not lose and a country that could not bear such a thought.

With the images of the powerful Swedes being blown out by a Czech Republic team that seemed just days ago in disarray, and a resurgent American squad's emotional win over favored Russia still fresh in their minds, Canada approaches its quarterfinal date Wednesday night with Slovakia with equal parts anticipation and angst.

No matter how impressive the Canadians have ...

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