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.
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: