The Pens Olympians were back in action Friday morning with a pair of contests. Canada took on Austria and played a game that better matched their talented lineup than their previous contest. The Canadians easily discarded Austria with a 6-0 win. Finland was looking to build some momentum following their victory on Thursday. Mission accomplished as the Fins pushed aside Norway 6-1. This means the Pens Olympic players/coaches/staff remain undefeated in the tournament (though that will end when USA plays Russia Saturday). Here's how the Pens players faired today...
- Sidney Crosby: 1 assist, 2 shots, plus-1 rating
- Chris Kunitz: 1 shot, even rating
- Jussi Jokinen: 3 shots, plus-1 rating
- Olli Maatta: 3 points, 1 goal, 2 assists, plus-4 rating (stud)
CANADA 6, AUSTRIA 0
Sidney Crosby picked up his first point of the Olympics with an assist on Jeff Carter's first goal. Carter would post two more following for a natural hat trick as Canada scored a convincing 6-0 win against Austria. Roberto Luongo made 23 saves for the shutout.
Ryan Getzlaf scored a goal and a pair of Canadian defensemen - Shea Weber and Drew Doughty - also tallied as Canada looked like the dominant force it can be. The defending champs are finding their groove.
FINLAND 6, NORWAY 1
Olli Maatta has become the breakout star of the Olympics. He had a three-point game against Norway in Finland's 6-1 victory. Maatta tallied his second goal of the tournament and added two assists. He now has four points, which is tied for the most by a blueliner in the Olympics (with countryman Sami Vatanen). Lauri Korpikoski scored two goals and the ageless legend Teemu Selanne even tallied.
Here is a photo roundup from the action today.
Crosby greeting fans on his way to the ice
Carter scores his third goal of the game
Jussi Jokinen battling for a puck on the boards
Jokinen and Maatta celebrate after Maatta scores his second goal of the tournament
That'll do it for today's Olympic coverage. Check back tomorrow on the blog for coverage of USA-Russia. Head coach Dan Bylsma and defensemen Brooks Orpik and Paul Martin square off against Evgeni Malkin in his home country. The game is at 7:30 EST. Don't miss it! See you then.All that glitters is gold.