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Doughty the hero as Canada beats Finland in OT

Feb 16, 2014, 2:30 PM EDT

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Drew Doughty‘s time is now.

The L.A. defenseman, who’s easily been Canada’s best player in Sochi, turned in another stellar performance on Sunday, scoring both goals in Canada’s 2-1 overtime win over Finland in the final game of the group stage.

Doughty’s winner came at the midway point of the extra session after he collected a Jeff Carter pass and snapped the puck home past Tuukka Rask. It was Doughty’s fourth goal of the tournament — he now sits tied with Phil Kessel for second-most — and it came after Doughty opened the Canadian scoring at the 13:44 mark of the first period. Sidney Crosby and Shea Weber added assists on the first goal; the helper was the fourth point of the tournament for Weber, another Canadian defenseman producing well in Sochi.

Tuomo Ruutu replied for Finland — his first goal and fourth point of the Games — with Jussi Jokinen and Ossi Vaananen notching assists.

VIDEO: Canada needs OT to beat Finns

Rask was by far the busier and better of the two goalies on the day, as he registered 25 saves to Carey Price‘s 14. That said, Price had to be sharp on occasion, especially with a huge blocker on Finnish defenseman Sami Salo late in the contest.

Overall, the game was a tight, close-checking affair with few mistakes made by either team. Some compact Finnish defending in the middle of the ice kept Canada to the perimeter, but it came at a cost as the Finns didn’t take many risks offensively. That, combined with Canada’s responsible defending, saw Finland put just 15 shots on goal — a far cry from the 52 they fired at Austria and 39 recorded against Norway.

With the win, Canada clinched top spot in Group B and third spot overall, meaning it gets an automatic bye into the quarterfinals — where it will take on the winner of No. 6 Switzerland vs. No. 11 Latvia.

Finland finished fourth overall, also gets a quarterfinal bye and will take on the winner of No. 5 Russia vs. No. 12 Norway.

  1. patthehockeyfan - Feb 16, 2014 at 2:31 PM

    DEWEY !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • blomfeld - Feb 16, 2014 at 3:22 PM

      “The L.A. defenseman, who’s easily been Canada’s best player in Sochi” …

      _________________________________________________________

      Judge: Would counsel for the Truth like add anything further ?

      Blomfeld: Not at this time your honor

      Judge: Very well then, the court deems the LA Kings to be a scoring machine !

      The People: Hurray !!! … Hurray !!! … We want Dewey !!! :) :) :) :) :)

      man, this tournament is sure becoming an LA Kings ‘showcase’ eh ? … and so much for all the idiots who were blabbing crap about us Kings not being able to score … guess this finally puts a lid on their stupid pie holes ! … you just gotta love it man !

      GOOD TIMES FRIENDS !!!!!!! :)

      • faulkingallstar - Feb 16, 2014 at 11:24 PM

        Doughty isn’t playing for the kings right now so how does this mean the LA kings can score? The fact is Carter and Doughty weren’t scoring in LA and still haven’t scored ina while as kings so therefore the kings are still unable to score…

  2. buckeye044 - Feb 16, 2014 at 2:34 PM

    Semifinal will be must see TV.

    Without reseeding, this format doesn’t allow the best teams to play in the gold medal game.

  3. bucrightoff - Feb 16, 2014 at 2:34 PM

    That defense is just sensational. 15 shots for the game allowed? 3 shots in the third and OT? Producing all the offense? Canada’s forwards just have to get going and Canada is going to be tough to beat.

  4. pdmjr - Feb 16, 2014 at 2:39 PM

    Canada looks anemic , Babcock better do something.

    • bsaures - Feb 16, 2014 at 3:17 PM

      Well they have this guy named Pernell whos pretty good at playing D and sparking offences but apparently they would rather play Hamhuis for 4 mins a game instead

  5. atwatercrushesokoye - Feb 16, 2014 at 2:41 PM

    Canada needs to quit trying to use 4 lines for about 15 minutes a game, all of these players are use to getting 20+ minutes a game so none of them can get into a rhythm. Sit down figure out who your top 2 lines are (whoever it is) and play them each 19-20 minutes. The other 2 lines will split the rest.

  6. bmoreredfury311 - Feb 16, 2014 at 2:42 PM

    Canada got lucky. The Refs let three penalties go, that should of cost them. Great job by the Fin’s, they could be the team that surprises everyone and win Gold.

    • buckeye044 - Feb 16, 2014 at 2:45 PM

      The cross check should have been called for sure.

      • patthehockeyfan - Feb 16, 2014 at 2:46 PM

        Which? The one Benn landed? Or the one that was landed on Benn?

      • buckeye044 - Feb 16, 2014 at 2:50 PM

        Either one. The one Benn landed seemed to have more intent behind it.

      • patthehockeyfan - Feb 16, 2014 at 2:53 PM

        I don’t disagree; but, it looks as if Finland got even with the check on Benn.

        The calls in these games have been few and far between. The announcers applaud that as a “let them play” policy.

        Maybe it’s a good thing; but, sooner or later, someone is going to get seriously injured.

    • bmoreredfury311 - Feb 16, 2014 at 2:51 PM

      The cross check from Benn, the hook by Sid and the slash before the OT winner. Yes the Fin’s should of been called for the one on Benn as well. But that was three that Canada got away with compared to the Fin’s one.

  7. narfmoo12 - Feb 16, 2014 at 2:56 PM

    Another fine performance by Kunitz and Nash!

    • atwatercrushesokoye - Feb 16, 2014 at 2:58 PM

      And Crosby…

  8. narfmoo12 - Feb 16, 2014 at 3:05 PM

    Crosby is slumping, but Kunitz and Nash had no business being on the team over Giroux and Thornton.

    • bsaures - Feb 16, 2014 at 4:24 PM

      Canada needs people to score not set up goals. Nash has 1 fewer goals than giroux in in 17 fewer games and 10 more goals than thorton this year. Kunitz has more than both as well.

  9. areaman714 - Feb 16, 2014 at 5:28 PM

    Using Blomfeld’s ‘logic’, Kesler is easily the best player in the world!!! The Kings can’t score in an NHL arena against NHL talent. He should check the stats.

    • blomfeld - Feb 16, 2014 at 5:49 PM

      “The Kings can’t score in an NHL arena against NHL talent” … and yet it’s Kings ‘lighting it up’ against the world’s best in Sochi ! … highly ‘illogical’ eh pal ? :)

      GO KINGS GO … REIGNING STANLEY CUP CHAMPIONS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • areaman714 - Feb 17, 2014 at 1:32 AM

        Do you really want to compare stats? I have a season’s worth, you have three games . . . two of which were against weak countries . . .

  10. Hockeyfan - Feb 16, 2014 at 5:40 PM

    Narfmoo:why is Crosby slumping and not Taveres, Toews, Benn to name a few…..
    Stop bothering to recycle whether or not Kunitz should be there. He earned, the coaches clearly felt he belongs and frankly isn’t the problem.

    • narfmoo12 - Feb 16, 2014 at 8:21 PM

      Kunitz was put on the team because he scores goals next to Crosby. If he’s not doing that, then he’s worthless. Can’t create his own goals, can’t kill penalties, rarely is on the ice for a defensive zone faceoff. That’s the problem. Also, Toews is there as a defensive forward, not a goal scorer, which is why he’s in the Selke conversation each year.

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