NHL Olympic Canadian Corner – February 15, 2014

Canada trounces Austria 6-0, updates on Dan Hamhuis and Patrick Sharp, and the Canadian coaches prepare for Sunday’s games against Finland.

Jeff Carter scores one of his three goals  in Canada's win over Austria.

Jeff Carter scores one of his three goals in Canada’s win over Austria.

TSN.CA: Jeff Carter scored a natural hat trick as Canada blanked Austria 6-0. Goaltender Roberto Luongo made 23 saves for the shutout. Canada’s defense factored again in the scoring with goals from Drew Doughty and Shea Weber, who scored in Canada’s opening game against Norway.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: That likely allowed Canadian fans concerned about the “narrow win” over Norway to relax, though folks concerned with goal differential pointed out Finland still hold the advantage. That becomes moot, however, if Canada beats Finland on Sunday.

NBC SPORTS: Dan Hamhuis and Patrick Sharp are returning to Canada’s lineup against Finland but it’s uncertain which players they’ll replace.

CBC SPORTS: Canadian coach Mike Babcock must decide if he’ll start Roberto Luongo or Carey Price against Finland, as well as which players Hamhuis and Sharp will replace in their lineup.

WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: Gary Lawless wonders if Canada has sufficient grit to match up against stiffer Olympic opposition.

2 Comments

  1. Luongo in net, Kunitz out for Sharp! As long as Doughty, Keith, Pietrangelo, and Weber are on the blueline it doesn’t matter what combo of Subbam, Hamhuis, Bouwemeester, Vlasic is played. The USA put down Russia in the shootout, so the pressure is really on Team Canada in my opinion.

    Tavares – Crosby – St. Louis
    Marleau – Toews – Carter
    Perry – Getzlaf – Duchene
    Sharp – Bergeron – Nash

  2. its time for crosby to show up