The winner of Group B would be decided in this game as Team Canada played Finland in their final game of the preliminary round. Both teams went into the game with a 2-0-0 record.
The game’s first goal would be a tally from Drew Doughty, his third of the tournament. Doughty’s perfect shot would put the puck past Tuukka Rask and give Canada a 1-0 lead going into the second. The second period seemed to be going well for Canada, outshooting Finland 9-4, until a deflection late in the period would pass Carey Price to tie the game at 1-1.
The third period was a strong one for Canada, putting up 8 shots while limiting Finland to just 2. However, they weren’t able to get anything by Rask and the game would go to overtime. The game-deciding goal came from Drew Doughty, his second of the game, giving Canada a 2-1 victory.
A key to Canada’s success up to this point in the tournament has been the offensive production from their blue line. Drew Doughty’s two-goal performance in this game added to his previous two goals, giving him four in the tournament. Shea Weber has also recored two goals, coming in Canada’s first two games against Norway and Austria. As if Canada’s forwards weren’t enough to give an opposing goalie a scare, they also have to worry about offense coming from the red and white’s stacked blue line.
In this game Sidney Crosby was not playing alongside Pittsburg Penguins line-mate Chris Kunitz. This is a bit strange since Kunitz’s spot on Team Canada’s roster was decided due to his chemistry with Sid. Splitting the two up almost feels like a roster spot has been wasted, one that could have been better filled by someone like Claude Giroux who was on the cusp of making the team.
Canada’s victory locked up their spot in the quarter-finals, where they will play the winner of Switzerland vs. Latvia on Wednesday. With the elimination games now starting for Canada, it will be exciting to see how they play in these crucial games, and see if they can make it back to the gold-medal game.