This is what Team USA wanted: another crack at Canada, a chance to avenge an overtime loss in the 2010 Vancouver Olympic men's hockey final, and a chance to make this journey and story uniquely its own.

The U.S. men continued their strong offensive showing with a 5-2 victory over the Czech Republic in the Sochi quarterfinals Wednesday, setting up a semifinal meeting Friday with Canada. By contrast, Canada needed a third-period goal by Shea Weber to defeat Latvia 2-1 in its quarterfinal. Forward John Tavares suffered a leg injury during the game and will be lost to Canada for the rest of the Olympics.

"I think we were destined and on a crash course for each other," U.S. center David Backes said. "I think both teams will be very excited to play each other and will need no motivation."

The U.S. and Czechs were even in the first period on goals by James van Riemsdyk and Ales Hemsky when Backes set up Dustin Brown below the left circle for the go-ahead goal at 14:38. Backes scored with 1.8 seconds left in the period, and Zach Parise gave the U.S. a 4-1 lead in the second period.

U.S. goalie Jonathan Quick stopped 21 shots to do his part to set up the U.S.-Canada rematch.

"You kind of expected them," Quick said of facing Canada.

It's what they wished for, and now they'll get it.

"It's what it's all about, Canada-USA," Canada's Jonathan Toews said. "It's become even a bigger rivalry than Canada-Russia. There's a lot of animosity, a lot of feelings like there's something to prove between both teams.

"It's for the chance to go and play for a gold medal. It doesn't get any better than that, playing for your country and going against the United States. There are millions of kids that grow up dreaming of this situation. We have a chance of making a dream come true."

Russia's dream ended as fans whistled and jeered at the end of a 3-1 loss to Finland. Russian players haven't won Olympic gold in 22 years, and they haven't won any medals at all in the last three Olympics.

"Inside, I'm absolutely empty," Russia captain Pavel Datsyuk said through a translator.

Finland will face Sweden, which advanced with a 5-0 thrashing of underdog Slovenia.

Bobsled: The Canadian team of Kaillie Humphries and Heather Moyse won their second straight Olympic women's bobsled gold. Elana Meyers and Lauryn Williams of the U.S. took silver, and teammates Jamie Greubel and Aja Evans the bronze. Williams became the fifth Olympian to medal at both the Summer and Winter Games. She has gold and silver medals from three Olympic appearances as a sprinter.

Snowboarding: American-turned Russian Vic Wild won the men's parallel giant slalom minutes after his Russian wife, Alexa Zavarzina, won bronze in the women's competition.

Wild grew up in White Salmon, Wash., and applied for Russian citizenship after marrying Zavarzina in 2011. He then joined the Russian snowboarding team. Nevin Galmarini of Switzerland took silver, and Zan Kosir of Slovenia won bronze. In the women's race, Patrizia Kummer cruised to victory when Japan's Tomoka Takeuchi missed a gate midway through the second run of the finals.

Cross-country skiing: Marit Bjoergen captured her fifth career Olympic gold medal when Norway won the women's team sprint. Finland took silver and Sweden bronze. In the men's race, Finland took advantage of a fall that slowed its two closest rivals. Russia grabbed the silver, Sweden the bronze.

Speedskating: Martina Sablikova of the Czech Republic won her second consecutive gold in the women's 5,000 meters, denying the Netherlands another speedskating podium sweep. The Dutch still added two more medals, with Ireen Wust winning silver and Carien Kleibeuker the bronze.

Biathlon: Norway won the first Olympic mixed relay in biathlon, making Ole Einar Bjoerndalen the most decorated Winter Olympian ever with 13 medals. Bjoerndalen broke the record he had shared with cross-country skiing great Bjoern Daehlie. He also matched his fellow Norwegian's record of eight gold medals.

Curling: Canada and Sweden will play for the gold medal in women's curling after winning semifinal games that went to the final shot. Canada will meet Britain for the men's gold.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Hockey medal round

Men's semifinals Women's gold medal

Friday
Sweden vs. Finland, 4 a.m.
TV: NBCSN
Friday
Canada vs. United States, 9 a.m.
TV: NBCSN
Thursday
Canada vs. United States, 9 a.m.
TV: NBC