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Canada’s possessional dominance met Finland’s energetic, trapping style in game three of the preliminary stages. Drew Doughty’s regulation and overtime goals were enough to pull out a tight 2-1 victory. Canada will take on the winner of Team Switzerland (another pesky trapping team with good goaltending) or Latvia (not likely to win) in the quarterfinals on Wednesday.

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Team Canada’s first real test comes today versus Finland.

No P.K. Subban or Martin St. Louis, Patrick Sharp draws back in.

Go Canada and Go Komarov.

Team Canada Olympic Roster & Starting Lineup

Team-Canada

Goalies: Roberto Luongo, Carey Price, Mike Smith

Defensemen: Jay Bouwmeester, Drew Doughty, Dan Hamhuis, Duncan Keith, Alex Pietrangelo, P.K. Subban, Marc-Edouard Vlasic, Shea Weber

Forwards: Jamie Benn, Patrice Bergeron, Jeff Carter, Sidney Crosby, Matt Duchene, Ryan Getzlaf, Chris Kunitz, Patrick Marleau, Rick Nash, Corey Perry, Patrick Sharp, Steven Stamkos (injured, will not play), Martin St. Louis, John Tavares, Jonathan Toews

Team Finland Olympic Roster & Starting Lineup

 

Team-Finland

Goalies: Kari Lehtonen, Antti Niemi, Tuukka Rask

Defensemen: Lasse Kukkonen, Juuso Hietanen, Sami Lepistö, Olli Maatta, Sami Salo, Kimmo Timonen, Ossi Väänänen, Sami Vatanen

Forwards: Juhamatti Aaltonen, Aleksander Barkov, Valtteri Filppula (injured, will not play), Mikael Granlund, Jarkko Immonen, Jussi Jokinen, Olli Jokinen, Mikko Koivu (injured, will not play), Leo Komarov, Petri Kontiola, Lauri Korpikoski, Jori Lehterä, Antti Pihlström, Tuomo Ruutu, Sakari Salminen, Teemu Selänne

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Team Canada strutted to a 6-0 victory over Austria this afternoon in what was a more satiating scoreline for Canadian hockey fans.

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Shea Weber

What’s the acceptable scoreline against Norway? Is 3-1 too competitive? Should we panic?

All joking aside, it was consistent dominance throughout by Team Canada. There will be some complaints about too little conversion of possession into more goals, but that’s more of a testament to Norway goaltender Lars Haugen, who stopped 35/38 shots, as well as loads of blocked shots by the Norwegians.

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This morning, The Phil did a bit of this:

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Credit: Bostinno

And then Phil and JvR did some of this:

Credit: Jeffler

En route to a 7-1 win over Slovakia which included a goal and two assists for Kessel and two assists for JvR.

Now it’s Team Canada’s turn to look convincing while destroying a lesser hockey nation.

PK Subban and Matt Duchene will not play; Martin St. Louis and Dan Hamhuis will be the 13th forward and 7th defenceman respectively.

Let’s go, Canada.

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The Maple Leafs’ dynamic ‘Murican duo takes their talents to the international stage starting this morning versus Slovakia. Word has it Joe Pavelski will center the Leafs’ wingers, comprising a line with 84 combined goals in the NHL this season. That’s Team USA’s first line whether they label it that or not.

The game starts at 7:30 a.m. EST on CBC.

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Just 17 days until the next Leafs game.

Does this look familiar?

Note: There’s also a woman on Team USA named Bozak.