Canada Defeats Finland, 2-1, in Overtime to Win Group B
Rick Nash was held off the scorehseet Sunday but Team Canada remained undefeated with a grinding, 2-1 overtime win over Team Finland in Canada's most challenging test in the tournament to date.
Defenseman Drew Doughty led the way with two goals, including the game-winner 2:32 into overtime to give him four goals in the three games.
Canada (2-0-1-0) won their group and finished third overall and will face the winner of the qualification round game between Latvia and Switzerland in the quarterfinals. Finland (2-1-0-0) finished fourth overall in the preliminary round and will face the winner of Russia and Norway. Both qualification games will take place Tuesday with the quarterfinals games taking place the following day.
Nash appeared to open the scoring early in the first period. After Finland netminder Tuukka Rask made a save, the puck landed on the top of the net. Nash smacked the netting, causing the puck to fly up and hit off Rask’s back and into the net. After review, though, it was determined Nash’s stick touched the puck, therefore the goal was waived off due to a high-stick.
Canada did get on the board later in the first period when Drew Doughty picked up his fourth goal of the tournament on the power play when he wrist shot beat Rask to put Canada up, 1-0.
That lead held up until midway through the second period when Tuomo Ruutu redirected a Jussi Jokinen shot from just inside the blueline past Carey Price to knot the game, 1-1.
Neither team was able to get more than that for the final 32:00 of regulation before Doughty beat Rask five-hole off a feed from Jeff Carter.
Nash spent most of the game on a line with John Tavares and was cycled in alongside with Chris Kunitz and Patrick Sharp. Nash finished the game strong as he and Tavares developed chemistry, especially on the forecheck and below the goal line. He finished with two shots and a minor penalty in 7:18 of ice time.
The win was Price’s second of the tournament.