Friday's Olympic ice hockey report: Korpikoski finds his scoring touch

Martin Rose

A look at all of today's hockey action in Sochi, including big games from Lauri Korpikoski, Jeff Carter and Henrik Lundqvist.

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.

Men's Tournament

Canada vs. Austria
1st 2nd 3rd Final
Canada 2 4 0 6
Austria 0 0 0 0

Goals
CAN: J. Carter (1, 2, 3), D. Doughty (2), S. Weber (2), R. Getzlaf (1)

AUT: None.

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
1st 2nd 3rd Final
Norway 0 0 1 1
Finland 3 2 1 6

Goals:
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
1st 2nd 3rd Final
Sweden 0 0 1 1
Switzerland 0 0 0 0

Goals:
SWE
: D. Alfredsson (1)

SUI: None

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
1st 2nd 3rd Final
Czech Republic 2 2 0 4
Latvia 1 1 0 2

Goals:
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.

Men's Standings
Group A W L Points
United States 1 0 3
Russia 1 0 3
Slovenia 0 1 0
Slovakia 0 1 0
Group B W L Points
Canada 2 0 6
Finland 2 0 6
Norway 0 2 0
Austria 0 2 0
Group C W L Points
Sweden 2 0 6
Czech Republic 1 1 3
Switzerland 1 1 3
Latvia 0 2 0

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