Two goals by Drew Doughty, one in the first period and another in overtime, gave Team Canada a 2-1 win over the Finns, and now Canada plays the winner of Tuesday’s Switzerland and Latvia contest in a quarterfinals contest to be held on Wednesday.
The Swiss beat Latvia 1-0 in an Olympic opener last week.
What a fine player Doughty is. Drafted number 2 overall in 2008 behind Steven Stamkos, this is a great skater, is smart with a nice tough of flair, has a good shot, and is a big reason why the Los Angeles Kings are a threat.
A young hockey star living in Tinseltown. I’m sure life is good for Drew Doughty. I wonder if Justin Bieber has his autograph.
The Finns were outplayed for the most part, but they lined themselves up as the Canadians attacked, and it made for a close, tight checking, hardworking affair.
Definitely not the barnburner the U.S. – Russia game was the other day, but it still allowed Canada to go 3-0 in the tournament and keep momentum flowing the right way.
The boys could have easily lost, but a late save by Carey Price kept things at one apiece and set the stage for Doughty’s heroics. I hope the coaches keep that in mind.
Price came through when called upon and everyone should be satisfied with they saw from him. Although Habs haters will have found several chinks in his armour of course.
But two goals allowed in two starts is pretty darn decent in my book.
Tuukka Rask at the other end was also excellent, and if he didn’t play for the Bruins, I’d say more nice things about him.
Martin St. Louis and P.K. Subban were healthy scratches, and P.K. especially might have made a difference. Big shots getting through that wall of players. His skating that might have opened things up somewhat.
“Whatcha think of Canada’s win today, Elmer?”
Subban shudda been there, Red.”