Jeff Carter’s Hat Trick More Than Enough, Skate Past Austria

Jeff Carter (77), celebrates one of his three goals today against Austria

Jeff Carter (77), celebrates one of his three goals today against Austria

Canada, with the help of a second period hat trick from Jeff Carter, easily skated past Austria in the teams second round robin game for group B.

Offense Leads the Way
The natural hat trick that Jeff Carter scored during the second period, was the first natural hat trick that team Canada has scored since the 1956 Olympics, against the Austrian team as well. This was a game that the Canadian team probably wish they had yesterday, but they got their offense clicking right in time before their game against Finland, who hasn’t had any issues finding the back of the next. Besides the three from Carter, goals from Drew Doughty, Shea Weber, and Ryan Getzlaf led the way in Canada’s dominate performance.

Luongo Knows Best
Roberto Luongo who helped lead the team to gold in Vancouver back in 2010, was in net representing his country yet again. Luongo stopped all 23 shots he faced, including a few breakaways that he probably didn’t expect during team Canada’s relaxing third period. Luongo stayed strong, and has made his claim as the possible starter for the remainder of the Olympics for Canada.

Rick Nash Update
In 10:28 of play today, Nash ended up finishing with 3 shots and a +/- of 1. Nash was replaced sporadically on shifts with Jeff Carter during the second and third periods, but did spend time on the penalty kill with Johnathan Toews. Nash was out there during their big 4 minute kill as a shut down duo with Toews and did just that. Nash’s role with team Canada going back to the last Olympics was just that, and his role hasn’t changed with Mike Babcock. Expect him to be in the lineup for their finale against a real tough Finland team Sunday at 12PM.

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