The Canadian Press - ONLINE EDITION
Posted: 02/14/2014 4:07 PM | Comments: 0
SOCHI, Russia - Team Canada beat Austria 6-0 in its second game of the men's hockey tournament at the Sochi Olympics. Here's a graded look at players' performances:
FORWARDS - B
It's impossible to be unhappy with the performances of goal-scorers Jeff Carter and Ryan Getzlaf, and Patrick Marleau handled himself well by picking up the primary assist on all three segments of Carter's hat trick. The so-called "fourth line" of Jamie Benn, John Tavares and Patrice Bergeron continued its strong play, and Corey Perry was on a mission all night. Coach Mike Babcock isn't worried about a lack of production from captain Sidney Crosby, who has just one secondary assist through two games, but it should be worth wondering about Chris Kunitz, who struggled mightily against Austria. It may be time to consider splitting the Penguins teammates up, whether that means trying Kunitz with ex-Ducks teammate Getzlaf or making him a healthy scratch.
DEFENCEMEN - A
For the second straight game, the initial jolt of offence came from Canada's blue-line as defencemen Drew Doughty and Shea Weber scored the first two goals. Doughty was patient enough to wait for screens to appear before letting his shot fly off the faceoff, and Weber shot so hard following Corey Perry's drop pass that the puck went back bar and in and officials weren't sure it was a goal. There wasn't much in the way of defending to do, which helped the defencemen again jump up into the play. But don't expect that to change moving forward because it's something Babcock wants to see. What he might not want to see more of is P.K. Subban, who the coach only said played "fine" against Austria. Dan Hamhuis will return against Finland.
GOALIE - B+
Roberto Luongo was tested more early on against Austria than he was the rest of the game, a result of a handful of odd-man rushes that an excited opponent managed to put together. As Canada snuffed those out and built a substantial lead, Luongo's night got easier. Still, the veteran picked up a shutout, which is all anyone can ask of a goaltender. Against Norway in the opener, Carey Price allowed one goal after mishandling the puck behind the net. Babcock didn't show his hand on which goalie will start against Finland on Sunday, but Luongo certainly made it a good debate with 23 saves Friday night.
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