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by Paul on 02/16/14 at 05:05 PM ET
Austria 3, Norway 1
Russia 1, Slovakia 0 (SO)
USA 5, Slovenia 1
Canada 2, Finland 1 (OT)
DOUGHTY DELIVERS OVERTIME WINNER FOR CANADA
Drew Doughty (Los Angeles Kings) scored two goals, including the game-winner at 2:32 of overtime, to help Canada defeat Finland and finish atop Group B (2-1-0-0). Doughty has found the back of the net in each of Canada’s three games, totaling 4-1—5 to tie for third in tournament scoring.
KESSEL’S HAT TRICK HELPS USA WIN GROUP A
Phil Kessel (Toronto Maple Leafs) recorded a natural hat trick, including the game-winning goal, to power the USA to the top spot in Group A (2-1-0-0). Kessel leads the tournament with 4-3—7 in three games, including two multi-point performances.
VARLAMOV BACKSTOPS RUSSIA TO SHOOTOUT VICTORY
Semyon Varlamov (Colorado Avalanche) made 27 saves and denied both shootout attempts he faced to record his first career Olympic shutout and help Russia edge Slovakia. With the win, Russia claimed the No. 5 seed in the preliminary round rankings.
GRABNER, RAFFL LEAD AUSTRIA PAST NORWAY
Michael Grabner (New York Islanders) scored a pair of goals and Michael Raffl (Philadelphia Flyers) delivered the game-winner to lift Austria over Norway. Grabner (5-1—6) leads the tournament with five goals in three games.
WHERE THEY STAND
Final Preliminary Round Standings
Overall Rankings, Preliminary Round
7. Czech Republic
* The top four teams (Sweden, USA, Canada and Finland) receive a bye into the Quarterfinals, which will be played on Wednesday.
MATCHUPS SET FOR QUALIFICATION PLAYOFF GAMES
The following Qualification Playoff games will be played on Tuesday. Times and venues for each game will be announced on Monday.
* Slovenia vs. Austria (winner faces Sweden)
* Czech Republic vs. Slovakia (winner faces USA)
* Switzerland vs. Latvia (winner faces Canada)
* Russia vs. Norway (winner faces Finland)
NO DOUGHT ABOUT IT
Drew Doughty (Los Angeles Kings) scored two goals, including the game-winner at 2:32 of overtime, to help Canada edge Finland and finish atop Group B. Doughty has found the back of the net in each of Canada’s three games, totaling 4-1—5 to tie for third in tournament scoring.
* Doughty has one two-goal game in his 423-game NHL career (not including the playoffs): Feb. 2, 2011, versus the Edmonton Oilers (2-0—2).
* He also posted 2-2—4 in Game 2 of the 2011 Western Conference Quarterfinals versus the San Jose Sharks on April 16, 2011.
* Doughty has scored in three consecutive games once in his NHL career: April 6-9, 2013 (3-0—3).
* According to TSN, Doughty is the first Canadian defenseman to record two or more goals in an Olympic game since Feb. 12, 1992, when Gord Hynes scored twice in a 10-0 victory over Norway.
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