Reaction to Canada’s overtime win over Finland and of the club’s performance thus far in the Sochi Olympics.
NHL.COM: Drew Doughty scored twice, including in overtime, to lift Canada to a 2-1 victory over Finland. Tuomo Ruutu scored for Finland. Canada will face the winner of the Switzerland-Latvia qualification game on Wednesday.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Canada dominated the play throughout much of this game but the Finns’ defensive play in their own zone made quality scoring chances difficult to come by.
TORONTO SUN: Steve Simmons was critical of the performance of Canada’s forwards thus far. The forwards have only five goals thus far while their defensemen (specifically Drew Doughty and Shea Weber) have six.
THE GLOBE & MAIL: Roy MacGregor examines the difficulty the Canadian coaches are having in finding the right linemates for captain Sidney Crosby.
SPORTSNET: Chris Johnston notes Crosby may not be contributing on the scoreboard but he’s been invaluable in other ways, noting he hasn’t been on the ice for a goal-against.
NBC SPORTS: Canadian coach Mike Babcock defended his team, which went undefeated through the preliminaries. “No one ever seems to be happy with us”, said Babcock, referring to the criticism Canada always faces from the media at every international tournament.
NBC SPORTS: Canadian forward Matt Duchene was critical of what he considered uncalled obstruction in this tournament.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The concern over the lack of scoring from Canada’s forwards is justified, but many critics seem to be overlooking the fact the Canadians have dominated every game they’ve played thus far. They do have to try to adjust to the opposition all falling back to their blueline and taking away the slot. That means a lot of dump-and-chase and using the points to generate shots and scoring chances. So much for the big ice allowing for more offensive creativity and scoring.