It wasn’t a pretty game, but the Canadian team pulled out a 2-1 overtime win against a Finland team that kept the play to the outside and the action to a minimum.
SOCHI – It wasn’t pretty and it wasn’t easy, but Canada has earned two days off and a trip to the Olympic tournament quarterfinal against either Switzerland or Latvia.
Canada jumped out to a quick 1-0 lead on a goal by Drew Doughty, then another one from him at 2:32 of overtime to seal a 2-1 victory over Finland in the final game of the preliminary round. With the win, Canada takes on either Switzerland or Latvia. Had the Canadians won in regulation time, they would have faced the winner of Slovenia and Austria.
There was little sense of urgency to the game for either team, it seemed, with both content to play a cautious style that kept quality offensive chances at a premium. Finland’s tactic of keeping Canada out of the dangerous areas of the ice worked for the most part and most of the Canadian forwards did not seem willing to go to the scoring areas very much.
Carey Price made 14 saves in the win, while Tuukka Rask turned aside 25 of 27 shots.
THN Three Stars
1. Drew Doughty
2. Tuukka Rask
3. Carey Price