St. Louis gets his opportunity in quarterfinal

Martin St. Louis gets his chance as Team Canada’s 13th forward in the first elimination game of the Olympic tournament.

St. Louis is in and Matt Duchene is out against 11th-seeded Latvia, which upset Switzerland to reach the quarter-finals. Coach Mike Babcock expects St. Louis to handle the difficult situation as a veteran player.

The 38-year-old says he is ready for the mental and physical challenge.

“It’s a situation that you fully understand it’s a possibility you might be in, in these tournaments,” he said. “You’re trying to go out there and earn another shift.”

Canada did not do line rushes during Wednesday’s morning skate at the Bolshoy Ice Dome’s practice rink. If the same lines hold from Tuesday, Sidney Crosby will centre Chris Kunitz and Patrice Bergeron, Ryan Getzlaf will centre Jamie Benn and Corey Perry, Jonathan Toews will centre Patrick Marleau and Jeff Carter and John Tavares will centre Patrick Sharp and Rick Nash with St. Louis rotating in.

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