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Luongo to give Canada different look in goal

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:52 AM

Jon Lane - NHL.com Staff Writer

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Luongo to give Canada different look in goal
Canada vs. Austria

CANADA vs. AUSTRIA

When: Friday, 12 p.m. ET (USA, CBC)

Where: Bolshoy Ice Dome

What's at stake: Canada is back in action one day after sweating out a 3-1 win against Norway. A favorite to win the gold medal, the Canadians will have a new look in goal with Roberto Luongo, who led his country to gold in 2010, getting the start Friday. Mike Smith will back up and Carey Price, the winning goaltender Thursday, will not dress. Austria finds itself in need of a win after starting strong but fading fast in an 8-4 loss to Finland on Thursday.

Canada: It took Canada more than 26 minutes to get going against the pesky Norwegians. Once Shea Weber scored the game's first goal with a blast from the left point, Canada earned a victory that may have lacked style points but showed that the Canadians can grind it out in addition to light up the scoreboard.

Four years ago Canada blasted Norway 8-0 in its Olympic opener. This year Canadian players tipped their hats to a tough opponent.

"It was tighter than we thought. We knew they were going to come out hard," defenseman Duncan Keith said. "I thought for a first game it was good. We just kept getting better as the game went on."

In addition to changing goaltenders, coach Mike Babcock will tweak his lineup. Defenseman P.K. Subban and forward Matt Duchene, neither of whom dressed against Norway, will get the call. Forward Patrick Sharp and defenseman Dan Hamhuis will be healthy scratches.

Austria: When Michael Grabner scored 36 seconds into the game and the Austrians took a 2-1 lead against Finland at 9:19 of the first period, it appeared as if an upset was in the making. However, three unanswered goals by the Finns ended any hope. In fact, the result could have been worse if not for goalie Bernhard Starkbaum, whom Finland peppered with 52 shots.

"In case we didn't know what we were up against, we got a reality check," Austrian forward Thomas Vanek said. "You've got to play a certain way and I think we didn't do it. Our goalie needs to be our best player and we need to help him more."

Playing in his first Olympic game, Grabner had a hat trick, but he and the Austrians were undone by two goals in eight seconds at the end of the first that essentially put the game away.

"It's always nice and fun to score goals, but at the same time you want to win games," Grabner said. "Unfortunately [Thursday] we gave them too many chances and they capitalized on most of them. When you get scored on in the last minute it gets the morale of the team down a little bit and then you have to work it back up. But it is tough against a team like that that is so skilled and so fast."

What's next: The teams complete their preliminary-round play in Group B on Sunday when Canada plays Finland and Austria faces Norway.

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Canada
# Forwards Club HT WT DOB Birthplace
22 J. Benn DAL 6'2" 210 7/18/1989 Victoria, BC
37 P. Bergeron BOS 6'2" 194 7/24/1985 Ancienne-Lorette, QC
77 J. Carter LAK 6'4" 212 1/1/1985 London, ON
87 S. Crosby PIT 5'11" 200 8/7/1987 Cole Harbour, NS
9 M. Duchene COL 5'11" 200 1/16/1991 Haliburton, ON
15 R. Getzlaf ANA 6'4" 221 5/1/1985 Regina, SK
14 C. Kunitz PIT 6'0" 195 9/16/1979 Regina, SK
12 P. Marleau SJS 6'2" 220 9/15/1979 Aneroid, SK
61 R. Nash NYR 6'4" 213 6/16/1984 Brampton, ON
24 C. Perry ANA 6'3" 212 5/16/1985 Peterborough, ON
10 P. Sharp CHI 6'1" 199 12/27/1981 Winnipeg, MB
26 M. St. Louis TBL 5'8" 180 6/18/1975 Laval, QC
20 J. Tavares NYI 6'1" 205 9/20/1990 Mississauga, ON
16 J. Toews CHI 6'2" 208 4/29/1988 Winnipeg, MB
# Defense Club HT WT DOB Birthplace
19 J. Bouwmeester STL 6'4" 212 9/27/1983 Edmonton, AB
8 D. Doughty LAK 6'1" 213 12/8/1989 London, ON
5 D. Hamhuis VAN 6'1" 209 12/13/1982 Smithers, BC
2 D. Keith CHI 6'1" 200 7/16/1983 Winnpeg, MB
27 A. Pietrangelo STL 6'3" 201 1/18/1990 King City, ON
76 P. Subban MTL 6'0" 217 5/13/1989 Toronto, ON
44 M. Vlasic SJS 6'1" 205 5/30/1987 Montreal, QC
6 S. Weber NSH 6'4" 233 8/14/1985 Sicamous, BC
# Goalies Club HT WT DOB Birthplace
1 R. Luongo VAN 6'3" 217 4/4/1979 Montreal, QC
31 C. Price MTL 6'3" 212 8/16/1987 Anahim Lake, BC
41 M. Smith PHX 6'4" 215 3/22/1982 Kingston, ON
Austria
# Forwards Club HT WT DOB Birthplace
40 M. Grabner NYI 6'0" 186 10/5/1987 Villach, AUT
89 R. Herburger 5'10" 165 1/2/1989 Dornbirn, AUT
27 T. Hundertpfund 6'2" 187 12/14/1989 Klagenfurt, AUT
25 M. Iberer 6'2" 201 4/29/1985 Graz, AUT
18 T. Koch 5'8" 174 8/17/1983 Klagenfurt, AUT
15 M. Latusa 5'11" 194 1/23/1984 Wien, AUT
77 B. Lebler 6'3" 212 7/16/1988 Klagenfurt, AUT
14 A. Nodl 6'2" 198 2/28/1987 Vienna, AUT
10 D. Oberkofler 6'0" 163 7/16/1988 Graz, AUT
12 M. Raffl PHI 6'0" 195 12/1/1988 Villach, AUT
5 T. Raffl 6'4" 205 6/19/1986 Villach, AUT
91 O. Setzinger 6'0" 196 7/11/1983 Horn, AUT
26 T. Vanek NYI 6'0" 217 1/19/1984 Vienna, AUT
20 D. Welser 5'11" 187 2/16/1983 Klagenfurt, AUT
# Defense Club HT WT DOB Birthplace
41 M. Altmann 6'4" 207 11/4/1986 Wien, AUT
48 F. Iberer 6'1" 198 12/7/1982 Graz, AUT
64 A. Lakos 6'8" 236 7/29/1979 Wien, AUT
55 R. Lukas 5'10" 185 8/29/1978 Wien, AUT
22 T. Pöck 6'1" 205 12/2/1981 Klagenfurt, AUT
51 M. Trattnig 6'1" 212 4/22/1979 Graz, AUT
7 S. Ulmer 5'10" 165 12/1/1990 Dornbirn, AUT
4 G. Unterluggauer 5'10" 194 8/15/1976 Villach, AUT
# Goalies Club HT WT DOB Birthplace
24 M. Lange 5'10" 181 4/13/1985 Klagenfurt, AUT
29 B. Starkbaum 6'1" 196 2/19/1986 Wien, AUT
30 R. Swette 6'0" 174 8/21/1988 Lustenau, AUT