Three more San Jose Sharks dressed for two more games in the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics Friday, February 14. They all came out winners again, but Patrick Marleau has now had the game of tournament among the four NHL teammates and is among the five pictured stars of a 6-0 Team Canada victory over Team Austria.
By contrast, Antti Niemi did not play for Team Finland. Worse for him, Kari Lehtonen was very good in net with 22 saves. The only goal surrendered came when Team Austria had a two-man advantage.
What Finland does in net for the remainder of the Sochi Olympics will be interesting to watch. Tuukka Rask was not good in the first game but is probably the best goalie on the roster. Even if he is not given a chance to rebound, it would be hard to pull Lehtonen after the game he had unless it was for the best player at the position.
That could leave Niemi out. If he does get a chance to audition, his chance to play himself onto the medal-round active roster will be against the best skating talent ever assembled. Team Canada showed why they could afford to leave NHL assists leader Joe Thornton off the roster Friday.
Austria has a few NHL players, but was never in this game. The few chances they got were stoned by Roberto Luongo while Canada piled on scores for 40 minutes on the other side of the ice.
Jonathan Toews fed Drew Doughty, who roofed a shot for the first goal just 5:24 into the game. Not five minutes passed before Ryan Getzlaf fed Anaheim Ducks teammate Corey Perry, who dropped a pass that Shea Weber blasted into the corner.
Selected as the 13th forward for Canada, Jeff Carter then got a natural hat trick in the second period. His first goal came when Marleau's one-timer shot from a Sidney Crosby feed went off the post for an easy clean-up score. The primary assist on the next two goals also went to the face of the Sharks, with secondary assists going to Alex Pietrangelo and Weber, respectively.
For good measure, Getzlaf added an unassisted shorthanded goal with just over three minutes to go before intermission. Neither team scored in the third period.
San Jose's Marc-Edouard Vlasic also played, going plus-2 with two shots on goal.