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Canada Stays Perfect; Norway Upended by Finland

By Matt Calamia

After out-playing yet narrowly escaping Team Norway Thursday night, Team Canada flexed its muscle on Friday and showed the world why they are one of the front-runners to capture gold in Sochi.

Los Angeles’ Jeff Carter led the way for Canada with a second period hat trick — the first natural hat trick in men’s hockey since the 1988 games — as Canada rolled past Austria, 6-0.

Canada (2-0) will face Finland (2-0) Sunday at 12 pm EST in their final game of the preliminary round.

Canada opened the scoring just 5:24 into the game when Drew Doughty’s wrist shot found the back of the net to give Canada the 1-0 lead. Shea Weber capped the scoring in the first period with a blast from the top of the circle off a drop pass from Corey Perry to make it 2-0.

The wheels came off for Austria in the second period. After serving a two-minute penalty for tripping, Carter scored his first of the game from Patrick Marleau and Sidney Crosby, and added his second just 2:10 later to make it 4-0.

Carter completed the hat trick at 14:33 of the middle stanza, with assists coming from Marleau and Weber, to make it 5-0.

Anaheim’s Ryan Getzlaf had a highlight-reel marker late in the second period, as he toe-dragged around a defender and beat Austria starter Bernhard Starkbaum, who was pulled in favor of Mathias Lange.

Rick Nash finished with three shots and a plus-1 rating in 10:26 of ice time. He’s been held off the scoresheet in both Canada wins. Roberto Luongo made 23 saves for the shutout.

 

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Mats Zuccarello and Team Norway were unable to carry the success of their strong showing from yesterday against Team Canada, falling to Finland, 6-1.

The ageless Teemu Selanne opened the scoring in the first period when he fired a wrist shot from just inside the blueline that beat Norway’s Lars Haugen just 5:46 into the contest. Just over a minute later, Lauri Korpikoski made it 2-0 for the Finns.

Jori Lehtera capped the scoring in the first period to give Finland the 3-0.

Korpikoski scored his second goal of the game at 8:30 of the second period to extend their lead to 4-0, and Winnipeg’s Olli Jokinen scored three minutes later to make it 5-0.

Norway got on the board 1:01 into the third period on a power play goal by Per-Age Skroder on the power play to spoil Kari Lehtonen’s shutout bid.

Olli Maatta finished the scoring for the Finns with less than three minutes to go, burying a backhand shot to make it 6-1.

Zuccarello finished the game with with four shots and was a minus-1 in 20:51 of ice time.

Feb 14 - 7:17pm
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