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Winter Olympics hockey results: Carter nets hat trick as Canada pounds Austria

Behind a natural hat trick by Jeff Carter, Canada had no problem defeating Austria.

Jeff Carter had a strong offensive game against Austria, scoring three goals in the second period.
Jeff Carter had a strong offensive game against Austria, scoring three goals in the second period.
Bruce Bennett

SB Nation 2014 Winter Olympic Coverage

Canada got off to a slow start in its opener to the 2014 Olympics, before downing Norway 3-1 in its opening game of Group B play.

Maybe all it took was a familiar sight to get the Canadians going.

Facing Austria in its second game, with the Austrians wearing a familiar red-and-white color scheme, Canada looked much better, downing Austria 6-0 and improving to 2-0 in pool play.

Canada opened the scoring just over five minutes in, when a Jonathan Toews faceoff led to the game's first tally. After Toews won the puck back to Drew Doughty, the Kings defenseman fired a point shot that beat a screened Bernhard Starkbaum to make it 1-0.

About five minutes later, the Canadians would double their lead. With Corey Perry leading the rush, he dropped a pass to Shea Weber, who fired a one-time bomb that was out of the net as quick as it was in, making it 2-0.

The second period would belong to Jeff Carter, who scored a natural hat trick in the frame.

All three goals were cases of Carter being in the right place at the right time. He first tallied after tapping home a shot that hit the post from Patrick Marleau. Then, Marleau set up Carter again, giving him the puck behind the net before Carter sent home a wraparound. Finally, Marleau and Carter again hooked up, with Carter pounding home another one of his rebounds to give the Kings forward three goals in 11:54 of ice time.

While Canada stayed on the offensive all game — mindful of goal differential and the equally dominant Finnish team — Roberto Luongo was steady in net. Getting his first crack at the 2014 tournament, Luongo turned aside 23 shots, with some quality chances from the likes of Thomas Vanek and Michael Grabner.

Canada also spent most of the game tooling around with its line, with Carter mixing in with Jonathan Toews, Patrick Marleau and Rick Nash. Martin St. Louis started on the top line with Sidney Crosby and Chris Kunitz, before making way for John Tavares.

Whatever combination Canada put out, however, seemed to generate good zone time and offensive chances.

Canada will close out its pool play in Group B on Sunday when it takes on Finland in a game that will decide the group winner.

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