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Canada able to hit the switch

Updated: September 9, 2004, 1:02 AM ET
By Scott Burnside | Special to ESPN.com

TORONTO -- It wasn't so much that Team Canada brushed aside Slovakia with all the disdain of an elephant disposing of a bothersome gnat, but it was the manner in which the disposal was done that added depth to the 5-0 victory.

In advancing to the World Cup of Hockey semifinal Saturday night against a resurgent Czech Republic squad, Canada first displayed patience and dedicated defense. Then, as though an invisible switch had been thrown, put on an offensive display hitherto unseen by a squad ...

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