Article written by Hamzah Nofal - Community Contributor
Team Canada overpowers Team Austria
Canadians are known to panic when the Canadian Men’s National Team isn’t dominant against lesser teams. So it was slightly disconcerting to see that most Canadians were accepting of the “meagre” 3-1 victory over Norway.
A few questions were raised though:
- Was Canada finally getting used to the bigger ice?
- Would Canada come out, and take control of the game? Or would they let the Austrians dictate the pace early?
- And finally, would I ever get over my distaste for Kunitz being on the team? (*spoiler*: I won’t)
To start the first, Austria came out with some great back and forth action, pushing the Canadians for the first five minutes of the game.
And, that’s when it all changed. After a great high pressure shift from the Canadians, Canada took the lead, scoring off a faceoff five and a half minutes into the game, with Drew Doughty finding a way past Austrian goalie Starkbaum, all while being covered at the point.
Just under five minutes later, past the Austrian goaltender, after Getzlaf knocked a pass out of the air. Starkbaum had absolutely no chance on that one, and Austria looked lost, and Canada finally looking more like the dominant team they were supposed to be.
Canada played decently on their only powerplay of the period, but can’t net anything. The Austrian’s Starkbaum is definitely keeping his team in it.
Canada had a small scare towards the end of the period, with the Austrian team ringing one off the post, but the period ended with Canada leading 2-0.
Canada started off the second period by taking a penalty, but killed it off easily by playing an aggressive PK. to make it 3-0 Canada after a great play by Crosby.
On the very next shift, a Canadian defenseman fell in the corner, and Austria was given a great chance with a one-timer in the slot, but Luongo made a great save to keep the game 3-0.
Later, Starkbaum misplayed the puck behind his net, and Carter stole the puck for the , and his second of the night. Canada started to coast a little, with their passes bouncing all over the place, and a couple of turnovers.
That didn’t last long however, as Carter came in behind the play, and for the natural hat trick.
After Canada takes another penalty, a four minute for a highstick, Canada with the aggressive penalty kill (again), and , and it’s 6-0 Canada.
While the game is all Canada at this point, Starkbaum made some great glove saves off of the Canadians, even stopping Perry on a penalty shot.
Team Austria decided to switch their goalie at the beginning of the third, and Canada comes out firing, but new ‘tender Lang makes some great saves.
Grabner takes the puck to the Canadian zone though, and Luongo makes a great save on the speedy Austrian winger. The game becomes more of the same old, same old, although Luongo makes a great save on an Austrian breakaway, and Subban goes in hard to the boards on the backcheck. He would limp back to the bench, but ultimately, he was OK.
Canada basically plays keep-away for the remainder of the period, and even though they have a few shots, the Austrian goalie is up to the task. Your final is 6-0 Canada, with Luongo keeping the shutout. This wasn’t a competitive game, with Canada absolutely dominating throughout the game, but Austria is a much improved team.
Your three stars for the game are:
- Jeff Carter
- Patrick Marleau
- Shea Weber
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