Team Canada’s mens’ ice hocky team beat Team Finland by a score of 2-1 in overtime earlier today, in what was their third game of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic games. I actually missed most of the game, but I did catch overtime to see Drew Doughty net his second goal of the game for the winning goal.
This was a really close game, closer than I thought it would be. It’s true that Team Finland has played exceptionally well up to now, but they’re still considered underdogs against a stacked team like the one Canada has. Canada hung in their today and pulled out an important victory. Still, the lack of emphatic victories has plagued Canada for most of these games.
The team has been heavily criticized for a lack of scoring by forwards. The defencemen are contributing mightily; two that come to mind are Shea Weber and Drew Doughty. Even Sidney Crosby, arguably the best player in the world, has struggled to find his offensive groove as of yet. Despite these criticisms, I think Canada will do fine. They have an incredibly deep team, and with time, they’ll work out their chemistry and the goals will come. It’s not very often a team as talented as Canada’s loses, so I do think they’ll win; it just may not be as pretty as we all envisioned.
Team Canada will now play the winner of the Switzerland-Lativia qualifying game in the quarter-finals. The team shouldn’t have too much trouble with either of those teams. I’m looking forward to the game, and as always, I’ll share my thoughts on the game as soon as it’s over!