Another great day of men's hockey with four games on the slate. Three teams improve to 2-0 while another earns its first victory of the 2014 Winter Olympics.
Canada vs. Austria
CAN: J. Carter (1, 2, 3), D. Doughty (2), S. Weber (2), R. Getzlaf (1)
This looked like the Team Canada everyone expected to see on Thursday. From the two goals in the first period, to Jeff Carter's natural hat trick in the second, Canada had full control of the game. Roberto Luongo stopped all 23 shots he faced for his first Olympic win since the gold medal game in Vancouver in 2010.
Norway vs. Finland
NOR: P. Skroder (1)
FIN: L. Korpikoski (1, 2), T. Selanne (1), O. Jokinen (1), J. Lethera (1), O. Maatta (2)
Finland dominated from the opening whistle. Three first period goals including two in the first seven minutes was just the start they were hoping for. Phoenix Coyotes forward Lauri Korpikoski scored his first two Olympic goals, his first being the eventual game-winner. The age-less one Teemu Selanne opened the scoring in game two of what will be his last Olympics. Kari Lehtonen stopped 20-of-21 shots for his first Olympic victory.
Sweden vs. Switzerland
SWE: D. Alfredsson (1)
It was another tight game for the Swiss who won 1-0 on Wednesday against Latvia on a last minute goal. This time, the Swiss would lose late in the third period on the game's only goal. With a little less than eight minutes to play, Daniel Alfredsson scored to improve Sweden to 2-0, in sole possession of the Group C lead. Henrik Lundqvist stopped all 26 shots he saw for the shutout and improved his tournament save percentage to .964.
Czech Republic vs. Latvia
CZE: M. Zidlicky (2), J. Jagr (2), J. Voracek (1), M. Erat (1)
LAT: J. Sprukts (1), H. Vasiljevs (1)
The Czechs bounced back from a lackluster performance against the Swedes to open the tournament, to earn its first victory. Jaromir Jagr and Marek Zidlicky scored a goal in consecutive games while Jakub Voracek and Martin Erat got their first of the tournament. A strong second period by the Czechs after giving up its second goal, was the difference in the game. Ondrej Pavelec stopped 18-of-20 shots for his first Olympic victory.