Team Canada defeated Finland by a score of 8-1. Just, think about that for a minute. Team Canada beat Finland by a score of 8-1. Finland, a team that I predicted to go second in the group, was tromped by Team Canada, who yes I did select to go first in the group, by a score of 8-1.
The question is, is Team Canada that good, if is Finland that awful. Like all things in life and hockey, the answer lies somewhere in the middle. Canada had a hot start in the first period, with a beauty of a goal scored by Mark Stone at 2:15 and a lucky goal, which would prove to be the game winner, by Brendan Gallagher.
Finland would open scoring in the second period with a goal by Alexander Ruutu, but team Canada would answer back with six un answered, with three in each period.
Mark Stone would score two more goals en route to a hat trick and to being named Team Canada’s player of the game.
Assistant Captain Devante Smith-Pelly has sustained a broken foot, and will not return to the tournament for Team Canada
The question now, is who can stop us? Finland was supposed to be one of the toughest games in the group stage for Team Canada, and we steamrolled them 8-1. Denmark will give Team Canada no trouble, as long as they take the Danes seriously, unlike what Team USA did tonight. And the Americans, while they recovered in the last two periods, showed signs of vulnerability and weakness.
Team Canada’s next game will be on Wednesday, against the Czech Republic at 18h00 local/20h00 Eastern Standard.