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Reasons Slovakia could beat Canada

Updated: February 26, 2010, 1:53 AM ET
By Scott Burnside | ESPN.com

VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Here are five reasons Slovakia could beat Canada in Friday's semifinal clash:

1. The mental game: The Canadians said all the right things Thursday about not taking the Slovaks lightly. After all, Slovakia upset defending gold-medal champion Sweden on Wednesday.

"They've got a highly skilled team with a lot of speed," Canadian forward Mike Richards said. "[Marian] Hossa and [Marian] Gaborik are great players, and we'll have to find ...

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