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Group B: Olympic Hockey Roundup

by Photo of Gil Santos

Jeff Carter’s natural hat trick leads Canada and Finland also looks dominant.

Group B: Olympic Hockey Roundup

Canada routs Austria, 6-0

Some questioned the inclusion of Los Angeles Kings' Jeff Carter to team Canada, but this performance against Austria should quiet the critics. 

Carter scored a natural hat trick in the second period to lead Canada over Austria in a blow out win, 6-0. It was the first natural hat trick for Canada since 1956. 

Vancouver Canucks' goalie Roberto Luongo received the start in net for Canada in place of last game's starter Carey Price and was stellar. Luongo recorded a 23-shot shutout, which is his second Olympic clean sheet. 

Defensemen Drew Doughty and Shea Weber got things started with back to back goals about 5 minutes apart to give Canada an early 2-0 lead after one. 

In the second period, team Canada poured it on and finally flexed their offensive muscle, putting four into the back of the net. Carter recorded his natural hat trick and Ryan Getzlaf scored a short handed goal at the end of the period. 

After a tough opening game against Norway, Canada (2-0) showed why they are the gold medal favorites. The Canadians will face Finland, who are also 2-0, on Sunday at noon to determine who will be the Group B winner. Austria drops to 0-2 and takes on Norway Sunday. 

Finland wins again in blowout style, defeating Norway 6-1

The game was pretty much in hand after the first period as Finland scored three en route to crushing Norway 6-1. 

Finland's captain Teemu Selanne of the Anaheim Ducks looked fine after leaving the first game due to upper body injury against Austria as he scored the game's opening goal at 5:46. 

Lauri Korpikoski and Jori Lehtera followed up with goals of their own in the first period. Later, Korpikoski found pay dirt once again in the second period and Winnipeg Jets' Olli Jokinen grabbed his first of the tournament, making it 5-0.  

Norway finally got on the board to avoid the shutout with Per Age-Skroder's 5-on-3 power play goal.

Rookie sensation for the Pittsburgh Penguins, defenseman Olli Maatta, also scored, which was his second of the Olympics. The starting goaltender was Dallas Stars' Kari Lehtonen and he stopped 20 of 21 shots in his Olympic debut. 

Finland improves to 2-0 while Norway falls to 0-2 . 

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