Doughty lifts Canada past Finland in round-robin finale

 

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Sochi, Russia (SportsNetwork.com) - Drew Doughty wrapped up an impressive preliminary round with two goals, including the game-winner in overtime, as Canada edged Finland 2-1.

Doughty took a pass from Jeff Carter on a rush, carried the puck into the Finland zone and ripped a shot along the ice from the left circle past goaltender Tuukka Rask at 2:32 of the extra session.

The win locked up Group B, the No. 3 seed and a bye into the quarterfinals for the defending Olympic champions.

Despite the loss, the Finns secured the fourth seed as well as a bye. However, host Russia is looming as a potential quarterfinal foe. The Russians will play Norway in the qualification round.

Canada's next opponent will be either Switzerland or Latvia on Wednesday.

Doughty, who scored four goals in three games, opened the scoring on a power play at 13:44 of the first period from nearly the same place on the ice as his winner.

Earlier in the frame, teammate Rick Nash had a goal waved off because contact was made with a high stick. A point shot was deflected and wound up landing on top of the net. Nash swiped at the puck with his stick, freeing it from the mesh, and the disc went in off the back of Rask.

The Finns tied the game when Tuomo Ruutu, celebrating his 31st birthday, positioned himself in front of Canadian goaltender Carey Price and redirected a point shot with two minutes left in the second period.

Price made 14 saves, while Rask stopped 25 shots.

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