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Canada cruises to blowout win over Austria

Feb 14, 2014, 2:25 PM EDT

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After Canada’s first game at the Sochi Olympics, there was some concern about chemistry and a lack of offense.

The second game put those fears to rest.

One day after the Canadians slogged through a 3-1 win over Norway, they put forth a complete and dominant effort against an overmatched Austrian squad, winning 6-0 at the Bolshoy Ice Dome. The victory displayed both the speed and goal scoring prowess many expected from Canada at the onset of the tournament.

Los Angeles forward Jeff Carter led the way with a natural hat trick in the second period and San Jose’s Patrick Marleau assisted on all three goals. Carter and Marleau finished with a team-high three points as a result, while Shea Weber and Ryan Getzlaf added two points each.

Roberto Luongo posted a 23-save shutout in his first action of the tournament.

VIDEO: Highlights from Canada’s impressive win

Austria, who came into this tournament as a major underdog, was blown out for the second consecutive game after losing 8-4 to Finland in the tournament opener. While little was expected of the Austrians in Sochi, Friday’s game had to be a disappointment as their three NHL forwards — Michael Raffl, Michael Grabner and Thomas Vanek — failed to score a single point, registered just six shots on goal and finished a combined minus-8.

Goalie Bernhard Starkbaum, who Vanek criticized following the Finland game, gave up six goals on 31 shots before getting hooked after two periods. Mathias Lange played well in relief, stopping all 15 shots in the final frame.

This game, though, was more about Canadian dominance than Austria’s inability to keep pace, and Canada had to be thrilled about getting major production from its blueline for the second straight game. Weber, Drew Doughty and Alex Pietrangelo combined for five points, and that came just one day after Doughty, Weber and Duncan Keith went for four in the win over Norway.

Canada will now take on Finland on Sunday to decide who finishes atop Group B, while Austria will take on Norway in the battle of winless squads.

  1. patthehockeyfan - Feb 14, 2014 at 2:29 PM

    Oh, Canada!

    Still rooting for the U.S.; but, throwing major props to LA Kings Jeff Carter and Drew Doughty.

    • blomfeld - Feb 15, 2014 at 12:15 AM

      “Los Angeles forward Jeff Carter led the way with a natural hat trick in the second period” …

      _______________________________________________________________

      Judge: would counsel for the Truth like to add anything further ?

      Blomfeld: not at this time your honor

      Judge: very well then, the court deems Jeff Carter to be the NHL’s deadliest sniper !

      The People: bravo !!! … bravo !!! … bravo !!! … three cheers for Jeff !!! :) :) :)

  2. esracerx46 - Feb 14, 2014 at 2:32 PM

    I’m digging those sweaters.

  3. prd797 - Feb 14, 2014 at 2:40 PM

    What do you have to say this time, Mr. Vanek?

  4. atwatercrushesokoye - Feb 14, 2014 at 2:59 PM

    That’s a little more along the line of what everyone expected, Sunday will be a good challenge, hopefully all of the jitters are out and they’re ready to roll.

  5. acieu - Feb 14, 2014 at 3:43 PM

    Wow they have blitzed two really tough ECHL caliber teams.

    • jpelle82 - Feb 14, 2014 at 4:14 PM

      thats the olympics for you…not really worth watching until the 2nd week of play.

  6. narfmoo12 - Feb 14, 2014 at 3:59 PM

    Did Kunitz or Nash play? Everyone but Yzerman, Pens fans, and Rangers fans thought they shouldn’t have made it.

    • jpelle82 - Feb 14, 2014 at 4:12 PM

      same people who thought nash and kunitz shouldnt have made the team said the same for carter. wait til its all said and done, everyone on this roster will and should have their chance to shine. hoping crosby and kunitz dont wait until a matchup with the united states to blow it wide open though….

      • narfmoo12 - Feb 14, 2014 at 4:16 PM

        I still think Carter doesn’t belong on the team. He scored three goals in a blowout against Austria. I’m obviously not expecting a hat trick every game, but based on his entire career, I’d imagine he disappears against USA, Russia, Sweden, and Finland in the knockout stage.

      • jpelle82 - Feb 14, 2014 at 4:54 PM

        those are games where guys like kunitz and sharp make a difference though. it doesnt surprise me that neither did anything in the first 2 games (sharp not even playing game 2). track meets dont necessarily suit them. in a grind it out type game with opponents that can hold onto the puck, you need guys like kunitz and sharp who can go in and get after the puck, something nash and carter arent going to give you consistently. kunitz and sharp work the boards pretty well and there really hasnt been much of a need for that yet. when they go against more nhl’ers and better teams there will be more puck pursuit and one on one battles on the forecheck. there hasnt been a need to play dump and chase yet.

    • atwatercrushesokoye - Feb 14, 2014 at 4:26 PM

      One could probably ask the same about Crosby, 1 assist and 4 total shots on goal through two games isn’t very good for someone of his reputation.

      • jpelle82 - Feb 14, 2014 at 5:00 PM

        tavares has 0 pts. no one is going to be worried about him either though.

  7. rockthered1286 - Feb 14, 2014 at 4:22 PM

    How is this NOT about the Austrian poor play? Were we watching the same game? They looked lazy and unorganized on offense and slow and not even the slightest bit physical on D. A wins a win but A blowout of a team that an AHL team could dismantle should not be a gauge on Canada’s progress. Neither should their Group B play at all considering they were handed a cupcake grouping.

    • spezzdispenser - Feb 14, 2014 at 4:33 PM

      Would it be okay to praise Team Canada if it was 10-0? 14-0? What score are you looking for bud? It was a blowout, they tend to happen almost exclusively to crappy teams.

  8. rockthered1286 - Feb 14, 2014 at 6:20 PM

    @spezz I’m not saying they don’t deserve praise. I’m saying all all star NHL team beating an ECHL caliber team 6-0 is exactly what they should do. But I think the win is more about how bad Austria played and not how great Canada did. They didn’t have to be any better than pedestrian to win.

    • spezzdispenser - Feb 14, 2014 at 8:24 PM

      I get what you’re saying, but Canada dominated so no need to discount it

  9. joey4id - Feb 14, 2014 at 6:37 PM

    Babcock is feeling things out right now, and making sure the boys remain patient and play within the system. He’s playing it safe all the while expecting progression every game until it’s time to peak vs the big teams. Gir-who? Big Joe who? All is according to Y. and Babcock’s plan. I expect the next start to go to price?

    • kaptaanamerica - Feb 14, 2014 at 7:10 PM

      Yeah, it’s Giroux numbnuts…

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