Team Canada’s mens’ hockey team beat Team Austria by a score of 6-0 earlier today, in their second game of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games. It was an emphatic victory that put to rest a lot of questions raised by their underwhelming 3-1 victory against Team Norway yesterday.
While yesterday’s match had fans anxious about the play of the team, today the team played excellently. They were expected by everyone to win, of course, but doing so with an exclamation mark still bodes well for the team. By all means, Canada played as people thought they would today, and the result was a blowout.
Jeff Carter had a natural hat trick in this game, and was involved in a lot of the team’s offense today. He’s certainly silencing my criticism of the decision to place him on the team, as he’s proving that he is an Olympic calibre team beyond doubt. Overall the team played with much better chemistry today than they did yesterday. They seemed to have found their legs, courage and confidence. They made it look easy today. Roberto Luongo wasn’t tested with too difficult a save today, but when he was, he responded nicely to the challenge. That certainly makes the goaltending issue a nice debatable story; of couse I’ve always said that any of the three goalies would perform well. PK Subban played in today’s game after being a healthy scratch yesterday, and he performed well. I’ve been most impressed with the play of Jonathon Toews, John Tavares, and Shea Weber. All of those players have taken their game to the next level, and it’s great to see.
There are a lot of powerhouse teams in the Olympics this year, so Canada needs to play the best it can. It’ll be interesting to see the USA-Russia game tomorrow, as two of the best teams with a deep history face each other. I hope Canada continues it’s excellent play against Finland on Sunday, and I’ll share my thoughts with you on it as soon as it’s over!