Canada opened up their 2014 Olympics with a 3-1 win over Norway on Thursday. Most of the country panicked and several questioned whether they had what it takes to go far in this tournament. Well, based on their performance on Friday there should be little to worry about going forward. No, Austria is not a powerhouse team, but the way Canada dominated from beginning to end on both ends of the ice shows that they are ready for anything.
Canada jumped out to an early lead in the first period, once again led by defensemen Drew Doughty and Shea Weber. The two blue liners each scored their second goal in two games as they gave Canada a 2-0 lead heading into the second period. In the second, it was all Canada and they put the game out of reach.
After being moved down from the top line, Canada forward Jeff Carter responded in a big way. He scored a natural hat trick in the second period and was all around the puck. Ryan Getzlaf put the finishing touch on a solid all-around game by Canada as he scored a beautiful short-handed goal on what was a four minute Austrian power play.
05:24 CAN GOAL: Drew Doughty (2) assisted by Jonathan Toews
10:12 CAN GOAL: Shea Weber (2) assisted by Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf
16:48 CAN SHG: Ryan Getzlaf (1) unassisted
Here are some notes from the game:
- Austria goaltender Bernhard Starkbaum allowed six goals on 31 shots before being pulled at the end of the second period. Mathias Lange came in for Starkbaum and stopped all 15 shots he faced in the third period.
- Austrian forwards Thomas Vanek and Michael Grabner combined for five shots on net and were a minus-five.
NEXT GAME: Sunday, February 16 vs. Finland. 12 pm. ET/11 pm. CT.Tags: AUSTRIA, CANADA, FINLAND, JEFF CARTER, London, London 2012, Olympics, PATRICK MARLEAU, ROBERTO LUONGO, Summer Olympics