Doughty powers Canada into quarters

Sun Feb 16, 2014 3:18pm EST
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By Steve Keating

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) - Drew Doughty scored the overtime winner as Canada edged Finland 2-1 to close the preliminary round of the Olympic men's ice hockey competition on Sunday and keep their gold medal defense on course.

By taking top spot in Group B ahead of the Finns, unbeaten Canada will have a more direct route to the gold medal final than they did four years ago on home ice in Vancouver when they were forced to play an elimination game.

Doughty, a defenseman, continued to be an offensive force for Canada, scoring once in regulation and again midway into the five minute extra-session to give him a team-high four goals in three games.

"I just tried to get the puck on goal for a tip or something, and it went in," Doughty told reporters. "I don't know what's going on. I don't usually score goals like that.

"We needed this win today.

"I think that's how a lot of teams are going to play us throughout the rest of the tournament.

"They're going to kind of sit back and make us make mistakes and, on the turnovers, they're going to jump and try to get odd-man rushes."

With the three group winners plus the best second place finishers receiving direct passage to the quarter-finals, Finland also avoided playing in an elimination game with the top runners-up record of two wins and an overtime loss.   Continued...

Canada's Drew Doughty (rear) celebrates after scoring the game winning overtime goal against Finland's goalie Tuukka Rask (40) with Canada's John Tavares (20) and Jeff Carter (77) as Finland's Lauri Korpikoski (L) and Finland's Sami Vatanen react during the overtime period of their men's preliminary round ice hockey game at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games February 16, 2014. REUTERS/Brian Snyder