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A look at the semifinals

Updated: February 23, 2006, 6:29 PM ET
By Scott Burnside | ESPN.com

TORINO, Italy -- From the North American perspective, the Olympic hockey tournament is diminished with the surprising dismissals of Canada and the United States.

But if you think interest in the four remaining teams has dropped off in the rest of the world, you are sorely mistaken. And for the hockey fan who thinks beyond North American borders, the two semifinal matchups will make for compelling viewing. Here's a look.

Game 1 -- Sweden (4-2) vs. Czech Republic (3-3)

The Swedes ...

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