The Fighting Finnish Selannes finnished (get it?) off Norway on Friday with expected authoritative facility, dispatching them 6-1 with the Stars' netminder between the pipes.
Kari assisted on two Valentine's Day goals while stopping 20 of 21 shots en route to the victory. Tuukka Rask allowed four goals on just 16 shots in their first outing and didn't dress today. Niemi backed up. Rask's shaky start doesn't preclude him from still being thought of as their number-one option, given his playoff success, but Kari Lehtonen's big day has to at least generate a little bit of conversation internally on the subject.
RT @StarsInsideEdge: Only 16 players have more points than Kari Lehtonen at the Olympics. Only three players have more assists.— Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) February 14, 2014
Then again, it was just Austria and Norway.
Lehtonen's only goal against came on a 5-on-3 power play for Norway.
Selanne became the oldest player in the Olympics to score a goal tonight.— Dan Rosen (@drosennhl) February 14, 2014
Canada 6, Austria 1
Speaking of which, the Canadians took their turn at Austria today on USA Network and were much more pleased with the results than in their initial 3-1 outing over Norway.
Jamie Benn did not figure in the scoring today, recording four shots on goal. He did receive a double-minor for high sticking, placing him in the safest possible location for our precious Dallas Stars talent: the penalty box.
It was Jeff Carter who did the damage today, recording a hat trick after being removed from Sidney Crosby's line (that guy's no good anyway...) in under nine minutes of ice time.
4 goals by Kings players in this game so far. Wow, LA must be an offensive juggernaut.— Jeff Marek (@JeffMarek) February 14, 2014
Hat trick for Carter! Annnnnd no one threw any hats. #SochiProblems— Greg Wyshynski (@wyshynski) February 14, 2014
Making fun of the Los Angeles King's inability to score is really bringing the entire world together, guys. That and #sochiproblems.
Sweden 1, Switzerland 0
Nervous times for the Swedes this morning as they struggled all game long to generate anything in the way of chances against a "feisty" Swiss club. Goalie Reto Berra finally handed the Swedes a break when he mishandled a shot from distance that Daniel Alfredsson was able to pounce on in the third period for the win.
Sweden will finish up their easy group with a win over Latvia on Sunday.
Czech Republic 4, Latvia 2
Having already lost their group's big game on the sport's first day 4-2 to Sweden, the Czech Republic knew it had an easier schedule remaining, but that they needed to pick up the pace to inspire a medal run.
A 4-2 win over Latvia may or may not be the spring board they needed, but they still have Jaromir Jagr, who has scored in both contests now. Czech got goals from Erat, Jagr, Zidlicky, Voracek in the win today, putting 39 shots on the Latvian goal.
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