Latvian goalie netminder Kristers Gudlevskis played the game of his life, turning away 55 of 57 Canadian shots. But two goals were enough to move Canada on to the next round.
Canada advanced straight to the quarter-finals after beating Finland 2-1 in overtime on Sunday. Had Canada won in regulation time they would have had an easier road to the finals, but because they won in OT they are now the third seeded team in the medal round of the men’s Olympic hockey tournament. L.A. Kings defenceman Drew Doughty had both goals for Canada against Finland.
On Friday, Canada beat Austria 6-0. Jeff Carter picked up a hat trick and Roberto Luongo made 23 saves to get the shutout after sitting Thursday’s game against Norway.
Canada beat Norway 3-1 in their opening game of the men’s hockey tournament.
The NHLers selected to represent Team Canada is a mix of veterans and newcomers.
With a roster featuring 11 players who won gold at the 2010 Vancouver Games, two of the NHL’s top three scorers (Crosby and Ryan Getzlaf), Stanley Cup winners, and more star centre forwards than you can shake a hockey stick at, the expectations for Team Canada are high.
Here is Team Canada’s men’s hockey schedule during the Sochi Games:
- Thursday, February 13 vs. Norway – Canada beat Norway 3-1
- Friday, February 14 vs. Austria – Canada beat Austria 6-0
- Sunday, February 16 vs. Finland – Canada beat Finland 2-1 in OT
*Teams who win their group and the team with the most points out of 2nd place teams advance to Quarter-finals. Everyone else must play in the Qualification Playoff round.
- Qualification Playoff Round – Tuesday, February 18
- Quarter-finals – Wednesday, February 19: Canada beat Latvia 2-1
- Semifinals – Friday, February 21: Canada plays the U.S.
- Bronze Medal Game – Saturday, February 22 @ 19:00 local time (10 am ET / 7 am PT)
- Gold Medal Game – Sunday, February 23 @ 16:00 local time (7 am ET / 4 am PT)
GALLERY: Men’s hockey practice in Sochi
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