Olympic Hockey Recap: Feb 14

Bruce Bennett

Groups B and C were in action today.

Every team from Groups B and C played their second game of the tournament today.

Sweden 1 - 0 Switzerland (Group C)

Switzerland, how are you doing this? How do you play the only 1-0 games? Are you boring or something? Sweden announced today they'll be without Henrik Zetterberg for the rest of the tournament, too. Herniated disk.

Switzerland's Reto Berra made 30 saves, but the 1 he didn't get was a pretty bad one as a soft wrister from Erik Karlsson trickled out of his pads and Daniel Alfredsson tapped home the game's only goal. Henrik Lundqvist made 26 saves himself.

Czech Republic 4 - 2 Latvia (Group C)

Jaromir Jagr scores his second and Latvian goaltender Edgars Masalskis saves 35 again. Must be his limit. Ondrej Pavelec got the start in this one and made 18 saves. It's been a much better showing from the Latvians than in 2010. Not that anyone should expect them to knock off the Swedes or anything, but they've not been bad at all.

Finland 6 - 1 Norway (Group B)

You guys I love goalie assists. They're rare and wonderful. Kari Lehtonen had two of them. TWO! Also Teemu Selanne is apparently fine, since he opened the scoring. Lauri Korpikoski had two goals and Olli Maatta had a goal and two assists.

Canada 6 - 0 Austria (Group B)

Jeff Carter scored a natural hat trick in the other noon laugher as Canada routed Austria. None of the three goals were more than tap-ins. It was hilarious. Roberto Luongo made 23 saves in the shutout. Matt Duchene didn't get on the board but sprung the breakout that led to Shea Weber's goal, and he saw time on a line with Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf, then later took Chris Kunitz's spot with Sidney Crosby and Martin St. Louis for a few shifts. (Also a shoutout to Matthias Lange who came off the bench for the Austrians and stopped 15 of 15 in the third period.)

Standings, seedings, current knockout round matchups:

Group A

Team W OTW OTL L GD Points
USA 1 0 0 0 +6 3
Russia 1 0 0 0 +3 3
Slovenia 0 0 0 1 -3 0
Slovakia 0 0 0 1 -6 0

Group B

Team W OTW OTL L GD Points
Finland 2 0 0 0 +9 6
Canada 2 0 0 0 +8 6
Norway 0 0 0 2 -7 0
Austria 0 0 0 2 -10 0

Group C

Team W OTW OTL L GD Points
Sweden 2 0 0 0 +3 6
Czech Republic
1 0 0 1 E 3
Switzerland 1 0 0 1 E 3
Latvia 0 0 0 2 -3 0

Big big big matchups coming up over the weekend to break some of these ties. The rankings are a little bit out of whack due to Group A not having played as many games as the others yet but here they are:

Byes:

1. Finland
2. Sweden
3. USA
4. Canada

5. Russia v. 12. Austria
6. Czech Republic v. 11. Slovakia
7. Switzerland v. 10. Latvia
8. Slovenia v. 9. Norway

Tomorrow:

Slovakia v. Slovenia, 3am Eastern (Group A)
USA v. Russia, 7:30am Eastern (Group A)
Sweden v. Latvia, 12:00 noon Eastern (Group C)
Switzerland v. Czech Republic, 12:00 noon Eastern (Group C)

Also, the women's quarterfinals action gets underway with Finland and Sweden at 3am, followed by Switzerland and Russia at 7:30am. The winners go on to face the US and Canada in the semis, losers take on Germany and Japan for 5-8th place games.

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