Drew Doughty Leads Canada Over Finland In Overtime

Canada 2

Finland 1 (OT)

Drew Doughty scored both goals, including the game-winner midway through overtime to lead Team Canada to a 2-1 victory over Finland in the Group B finale at the Sochi Olympics.

Doughty took a pass from Jeff Carter as they crossed the blue line into the Finnish zone, then fired a wrist shot under Tuukka Rask’s pad to give Canada (2-1-0-0) top spot in Group B.

Tuomo Ruutu scored the lone goal for Finland (2-0-1-0), while Rask was sensational in goal, making 25 saves to keep the Finns in the game throughout.

Carey Price made 13 saves for the Canadians.

The result means Canada will play the winner of Switzerland and Latvia in the quarter-final game on Wednesday.

Canada controlled the majority of the game, but they were unable to manufacture high-quality chances. When they had an opportunity, Rask was there to shut them down.

Canada thought they had the first goal of the game about eight minutes into the first period, but it was disallowed because Rick Nash hit the top of the net with a high stick, bouncing the puck off Rask’s back and in.

The Canadians got on the board with just over five minutes left in the opening period. With Finland’s Jarkko Immonen off for interference, Shea Weber found Doughty across the blue line. Doughty took a few steps toward the net, then fired a wrist shot over Rask’s shoulder for Canada’s first power-play goal in four opportunities at the Olympics.

Patrick Sharp forced a Finnish turnover a few minutes later, finding Chris Kunitz in the slot. However, Rask made a big save to keep Canada from going up two.

Rask kept Finland in the game in the second, making plenty of key saves as Canada outshot the Finns 9-4 in the middle frame.

Finland tied it up late in the period, as Ruutu deflected an Ossi Vaananen shot by Price for his first of the tournament following sustained pressure in the Canadian zone.

The Canadians again controlled the pace in the third period, but they couldn’t find a way to solve Rask.

Canada had the best chance to win it with 30 seconds left in regulation time, but Marc-Edouard Vlasic’s shot deflected off Rask’s glove and out of play.

The Canadians continued applying pressure in overtime, eventually setting the stage for Doughty to win it.

Game Notes: Six of Canada’s 11 goals in Sochi have come from defencemen. … The result means Sweden finishes first in the round robin competition. … Finland will play the winner of the qualification round game between Russia and Norway. … P.K. Subban and Martin St. Louis were scratched for Canada. … Finland played without Aleksander Barkov, who is out for the rest of the Olympics with a lower-body injury. … Canada won 33 out of 54 faceoffs.

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