Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Doughty Scores in Overtime as Canada Beats Finland to Earn Third Seed

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Doughty Scores in Overtime as Canada Beats Finland to Earn Third Seed

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Doughty scores in OT as Canada beats Finland


SOCHI, Russia - Team Canada's path to a gold medal got a little tougher even after beating Finland in overtime.

By failing to win in regulation, Canada did not clinch the top seed and a favourable matchup in the quarter-finals. Instead, Sunday night's 2-1 overtime win over Finland at Bolshoy Ice Dome means the Canadians are the tournament's third seed and could face Switzerland in their next game.

Sixth-seeded Switzerland and 11th-seeded Latvia play Tuesday in the qualification round. The winner meets Canada in the quarter-finals Wednesday.

Drew Doughty scored the winner at the 2:32 mark of overtime. Doughty also scored in regulation for Canada, while Tuomo Ruutu had Finland's goal.

Carey Price made 14 saves to get the victory on a night Canada's defence limited Finland's offensive opportunities but the offence struggled to create on the big ice against a tough opponent. Tuukka Rask made 25 saves for the Finns, who are the fourth seed and are likely to see host Russia in the quarter-finals.

Finland let it be known early on that they weren't going to be outmuscled by a bigger, deeper Canadian opponent. Ruutu drilled Canada captain Sidney Crosby about a minute into the game, setting a physical tone for the first period.

Patrice Bergeron felt the pain not long after, though it came on a shot from teammate Shea Weber. After Crosby entered the zone and fed it to Weber, the big defenceman unleashed a wicked one-timer that hit Bergeron in front.

It wasn't clear whether Bergeron was struck in the hand, arm or chest, but he went to the bench in pain. He did not miss a shift.

Coach Mike Babcock said Friday night that Weber's shot is so powerful he typically doesn't want to put his best Detroit Red Wings players on the ice on the penalty kill and risk them getting hurt when facing the Nashville Predators.

Just after Bergeron's scare, it looked like Canada would get on the board at the 7:58 mark. Alex Pietrangelo's shot deflected off a Finnish player's stick, popped into the air and landed on top of the net behind Rask. …

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