The Ze German Hockey Guys Olympics 2014 – Day 3

Here we go again and today it’s my turn to present you Day 3 of our Olympics coverage! We have games from Groups B and C with favourites like Canada and Sweden.

Game # 7: Czech Republic vs. Latvia 4:1

Three Stars:
1st Patrick Elias (4 pts., +4)
2nd Jaromir Jagr (2pts, +3)
3rd David Krejci (+4)

Shots: 20 – 4
Hits: 5 – 9
PIMS: 0:00 – 0:00

As expected the opening minutes were all the Czechs. A lot of pressure and some great saves by Latvian netminder Arturs Dauls to keep the game tied. Suddenly a goal by the Latvian Beyer out of nowhere on an ugly rebound given up by Pavelec. The Czechs upped the pressure on the forecheck and finally got a goal by Gudas after the goalie’s 5-hole was wide open. Jagr made it 2:1 with a rebound goal after a point shot by Elias 14 minutes into the second. Krejci took the game away with a beautiful move on Dauls early in the third. He comes from behind the net, turns in front of it and buries the puck top shelf 5 minutes into the third. An empty netter by Elias sealed the deal.

Game #8: Sweden vs. Switzerland 6:0

Shots: 24 – 15
Hits: 7 – 9
PIMS: 0:00 – 0:00

Three Stars:
1st Daniel Sedin (2G, 1A)
2nd Henrik Sedin (1G, 2A)
3rd Alexander Steen (2A, 4 shots, +4)

A high-scoring affair for Tre Kronnor! Loui Eriksson started the scoring with a wraparound burying the puck top shelf on Hiller who might want to have this goal back. The Swiss were defending very efficient, until Hagelin made it 2:0. He buried his own rebound after a fancy spin-o-rama backhand shot. 5 Minutes into the second, Steen powers through the middle and gets blanked by Hiller. Chances by Landeskog and Steen again, Hiller turning them down. With three minutes left in the second, Daniel Sedin made it 3:0 after a nice feed by Steen from behind the net. 3 Minutes into the third and again it was Daniel who made it 4:0. Scrum in front of the net and Henrik got the puck to his brother who buried it stick side. For the fifth goal it was Henrik’s turn so score one and Franzen ended the Swiss’ misery with the 6th of the evening.

Game #9: Canada vs. Austria 5:1

Shots: 21 – 13
Hits: 11 – 6
PIMs: 0:00 – 2:00
PP: 1/1 – 0/0

Three Stars:
1st Steven Stamkos (2 Goals)
2nd Patrick Marleau (2 Pts.)
3rd Alex Pietrangelo (GWG)

Unsurprisingly, Carey Price was the starter for team Canada. Not many scoring chances for either team in the beginning, but one spectacular save by the Austrian netminder Bernd Bruckler who robbed Crosby. Midway through the game, Marleau broke the tie on a breakaway. Austria tied it late in the second on a defensive breakdown by the Canadians, only to take a penalty seconds later. The third started with the lethal Canadian PP and a beauty by Pietrangelo who skated from the circle into the slot to put it top shelf. Tavares took the game away with a tip-in and Stamkos sealed it with a wrister from the slot. Canadas’s offense was as dangerous as it gets, but they played really sloppy defensively. Against a better team than Austria they might get into trouble.

Game #10 Norway vs. Finland 0:1 OT

Shots: 25 – 27
Hits: 10 – 13
PIMs: 2:00 -  4:00
PP: 0/2 – 0/1

Three Stars:
1st Tuukka Rask (GAA 0.00, SV% 1.000)
2nd Tuomo Ruutu (GWG)
3rd Lars Volden (GAA 0.93, SV% .963)

Chances for both teams in the first. Finland wasn not quite as dominant as one might expected. A lot of circling, but not many good shots on goal. All the same as they started the second. Norway with a lot of pressure, the Fins are hemmed in their zone. Midway through the game, Finland found themselves down two men, but could kill the penalties off. Finland started the third with a PP and finally they got some quality chances, including hitting the crossbar in the final minute of regulation. Norway was strong in OT, but again no results. Tuomo Ruutu sniped the game-winning goal in the last minute of OT.

That’s it for day 3. Finally, the overview for groups A, B & C:

Group A

1. Russia               2Pts, 1GP, 3G, 1GA
2. Slovakia           2Pts, 1GP, 2G, 1GA
3. United States  1Pt, 1GP, 1G, 2GA
4. Belarus            0Pts, 1GP, 1G, 3GA

Group B:

1. Canada      4Pts. 2GP 8G 1GA
2. Finland     2 Pts. 2GP 2G 2GA
3. Austria      2Pts. 2GP 3G 6GA
4. Norway      1Pts. 2GP 0G 4GA

Group C:

1. Sweden                   2Pts. 2GP 6G 1GA
2. Czech Republic      4Pts. 2GP 5G 1GA
3. Switzerland           2Pts. 2GP 2G 6GA
4. Latvia                     0Pts. 2GP 1G 6GA

-Marcel

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