Finland’s Teemu Selanne (8), going against Norway’s Henrik Odegaard on Friday, took 22 shifts Friday — not bad for a 43-year-old.
Chuck Myers • MCT,
After another rout, Finns draw Canada
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- February 14, 2014 - 9:43 PM
SOCHI, RUSSIA – Teemu Selanne became the oldest hockey player to score in Olympic history, helping Finland rout Norway 6-1 on Friday.
“That record makes me feel very old,” the 43-year-old said with a grin.
Selanne scored the first of the Finns’ three goals in the opening period that helped them improve to 2-0. Finland beat an overmatched Austria team 8-4 to open Olympic play.
Up next, though, is defending Olympic champion Canada on Sunday. The winner would earn a guaranteed spot in the quarterfinals.
“It’s going to be a big challenge,” Selanne said. “It’s going to fun.”
Selanne silenced any questions about whether he would play after leaving the previous game with an upper-body injury by starting the game and scoring early.
“I felt great,” he said.
Selanne, the oldest hockey player in the Sochi Games, scored on a wrist shot 5:46 into the game. He was on the ice for 22 shifts, as many as any skater on his team. Not bad for the fifth-oldest hockey player in Olympic history, and the oldest since Chris Chelios suited up for the U.S. at the age of 44 in 2006.
Sweden 1, Switzerland 0: It was a good day for 40-something NHLers in Sochi. Daniel Alfredsson, 41, poked in the only goal with 7 minutes, 21 seconds to play, hours before the Swedes learned Henrik Zetterberg will miss the rest of these Olympics.
Henrik Lundqvist made 26 saves for the shutout as the Swedes (2-0) moved into a favorable position to earn a spot in the quarterfinals as the only undefeated team in Group C. With a victory over winless Latvia on Saturday, they would be among the final eight in the 12-nation tournament.
Zetterberg will miss the rest of the tournament because of a herniated disk, taking a third key player off the roster. Henrik Sedin and Johan Franzen are also out.
“We can’t feel sorry for ourselves,” said Niklas Kronwall, Zetterberg’s Olympic and Detroit Red Wings teammate.
Canada 6, Austria 0: Jeff Carter scored three consecutive goals in the second period and Roberto Luongo made 23 saves as Canada took a commanding position in early-round play.
Shea Weber and Ryan Getzlaf each had a goal and an assist in the Canadians’ second win in two nights in Sochi. Their star-studded lineup rolled over Austria with 46 shots and relentless waves of offense, starting with Drew Doughty’s goal in the opening minutes before Carter’s natural hat trick in an 11:54 span.
Canada is still working on the fine points of defensive zone coverage and line combinations, but the big picture is fairly clear.
“Doesn’t matter who we face,” Doughty said. “We’re going to have the same confidence, the same swagger.”
Carey Price started in net in the Canadians’ opener, and coach Mike Babcock hasn’t announced who will start against Finland.
Czech Republic 4, Latvia 2: Jaromir Jagr scored for the second time in the Olympics, on the eve of his 42nd birthday, as the Czechs improved to 1-1.
“I don’t get old, man,” Jagr said.
The Czechs likely will have to play an extra game in the qualification round just to reach the quarterfinals even if they beat Switzerland on Saturday.
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