Olympics - Day 3
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Jeff Carter scored three goals and Canada outshot Austria 46-23 in a 6-0 rout of their opponent in Sochi, Russia.
Drew Doughty scored 5:24 into the game to give Canada the 1-0 lead. It was Doughty’s second goal of the tournament. He was assisted by Joanthan Toews.
At 10:12 of the first, Shea Weber scored his second of the tournament and Canada went up by two. Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf earned the helpers.
Carter was called for tripping 29 seconds into the second period but more than made up for the penalty later in the middle frame. At 2:39 of the second, Jeff Carter scored his first of the game, assisted by Patrick Marleau and Sidney Crosby.
Carter would score his second of the game at 4:09 of the same period. Austrian goalie Bernhard Starkbaum tried to play the puck behind his net and, sensing the Canadian pressure, bailed and got back in net but not before Carter gathered the puck. Carter scored on the wraparound to lift Canada to a commanding 4-0 lead. Marleau and Alex Pietrangelo had the assists.
Carter would complete the Olympic natural hat trick at 14:33 of the second period. There was a scramble for the puck in front with sustained pressure on Starkbaum. The puck came out to Carter who put it right under the goalie’s pads and in for his third of the game. Just like that, it was 5-0.
The ‘Carter Show’ would come to an end however as Getzlaf would be the next Canadian to score. Getzlaf used a beautiful toe drag to get past the Austrian defence and fired a shot on net from the slot. Carter was posted up in the crease waiting for a rebound that would never come as Canada took the 6-0 lead.
That would do it for the game as Roberto Luongo stopped 23 shots in the shutout win.
CZECH REPUBLIC 4 vs. LATVIA 2
Oilers winger Ales Hemsky records first point of the Olympics as the Czech Republic downs Latvia, 4-2.
The Czechs scored first when Martin Erat buried one from the circles, past Latvian goaltender Edgars Masalskis. The puck went five-hole on the goalie, giving the Czechs the 1-0 lead. David Kreji and Hemsky earned the assists.
"We said we have to be more active and dictate the tempo of the game," Hemsky said. "Like in the first game, they were dictating the tempo in the first period and we didn't have too much. That was the difference today."
Janis Sprukts tied the game for Latvia with a one-timer past Ondrej Pavelec at 13:05 of the first period.
The Czechs bounced back as Jaromir Jagr scored his second goal of the tournament with just 31 seconds remaining in the first period.
Jagr turns 42 tomorrow.
The two teams traded goals in the first half of the second period, giving Czech the 3-2 lead. However, Marek Zidlicky would score at 17:02 of the middle frame and that would close out the scoring as the Czechs take the two-goal win.
Hemsky played over 14 minutes in this game (14:11) and finished +1 with a shot on goal and his lone assist.
-- Chris Wescott, edmontonoilers.com