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Canada loses to first place Finns

by Staff Writer / Ottawa Senators
Ottawa Senators defenceman Wade Redden, left, and Florida Panthers goaltender Roberto Luongo, of Canada, fend off Finland's Antti Laaksonen during men's hockey action on Sunday at the Winter Olympics.

by Todd Anderson

Team Canada dropped its second game of the Winter Olympics today, this time 2-0 to Finland. With eight points, Finland has clinched first in pool A. Canada, who have been shutout in consective games now, lost to Switzerland 2-0 on Saturday. Speaking of the Swiss, they will look to clinch second place in Pool A as they meet host Italy on Tuesday.

Germany and Switzerland played to a 2-2 draw today. Marcel Goc scored for Germany halfway through the third period to knot the score. After the Swiss won a pair of upset games over the Czech Republic and Canada, the Germans will be pleased with the result.

The Czechs had a hatrick performance from former Senator Vaclav Prospal as they defeated the Italians 4-1. Canada (four points) will now need a win over the Czech Republic (six points) on Tuesday to leap-frog them for third place in Pool A. The first tie-breaker in the standings is head-to-head results.

In Pool B action, Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson scored a goal and an assist as Sweden defeated the United States 2-1. Alfredsson's fourth goal of the tournament opened the scoring seven minutes into the game. He also assisted Mikael Samuelsson's game-winning goal four minutes into the third period.

Ilya Kovalchuk, of the Atlanta Thrashers, busted out with four goals as Team Russia defeated Latvia 9-2. Former Senator Alexei Yashin also had a goal and two assists for Russia.

Slovakia remained atop Pool B with eight points after a 2-1 win over Kazakhstan. Former Senators Peter Bondra and Marian Hossa scored in the victory.


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