Canada did the expected and routed Austria 6-0 on Friday, one day after turning in a jittery 3-1 victory over Norway. Kings forward Jeff Carter scored three goals, a natural hat trick, for Team Canada. Not a big surprise since Carter is one of Canada’s top goal scorers. I guess the surprise was Carter actually stopped to talk to reporters after the game. Here’s what he said of his hat trick: “I didn’t really have to shoot many of them — or any of them. I just drove the net on basically all of them. It’s a good sign if you’re getting offense like that.”
Other highlights for Team Canada: Kings defenseman Drew Doughty had the first goal of the game; Nashville’s Shea Weber and the Ducks’ Ryan Getzlaf each scored a goal and had an assist. Vancouver goalie Roberto Luongo made 23 saves and handed the game puck back to Carter after Carter tried to give it to him at the final horn. Carter’s hat trick was that big of a deal for Canada.
Meanwhile, Finland smoked Norway 6-1 behind a goal from the Ducks’ 43-year-old Teemu Selanne, the oldest player in the men’s hockey tournament in Sochi, Sweden learned it will be without Detroit’s Henrik Zetterberg for the rest of the tournament because of a back injury.
Also, set your alarm to get up really early for the U.S.-Russia game Saturday at 4:30 a.m. (PST). Kings goalie Jonathan Quick will face Alex Ovechkin and Evgeni Malkin and the rest of the high-powered Russians in the first big test for the Americans. Of course, you can also tape the game and watch at your leisure. Guess what I’ll be doing.