Liveblog: Olympic Games, Game 2: Canada 6, Austria 0

Canadiens defenceman P.K. Subban, who was a healthy scratch for Team Canada’s 3-1 win over Norway in its Olympic opener Thursday, was in the lineup Friday when Canada beat Austria 6-0.

Dan Hamhuis sat out to make room for Subban on the blue line. Forward Matt Duchene, who was a healthy scratch against Norway, was in the lineup against Austria, while Patrick Sharp sat out. Subban had 11:41 of ice time, the least of Canada’s seven defencemen, and didn’t pick up any points.

Canadiens goalie Carey Price, who earned the victory against Norway, was a healthy scratch against Austria, with Roberto Luongo posting the shutout and Mike Smith filling the backup role.

Canada led 2-0 after the first period on goals from defencemen Drew Doughty and Shea Weber. Jeff Carter scored three goals in the second period for a natural hat-trick, followed by a goal from Ryan Getzlaf. There were no goals in the third period. Canada outshot Austria 46-23.

The Postmedia News live game blog was up and running with HIO’s Mike Boone joining other hockey writers from the chain. Boone will be blogging live during every Team Canada game at the Olympics. Canada’s final preliminary-round game is at noon ET Sunday against Finland.

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(Photo by Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press)

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1,297 Comments

  1. adadi says:

    Barring a major collapse I’m guessing Lu gets the number one job going forward. He looks good. Price will have a couple more kicks at the can in the future though.

  2. Timo says:

    Why is it so inconceivable that PK’s treatment is because of the color of his skin and not his play? Last I checked racism was alive and well in the world.

    • mrhabby says:

      I try and keep an open mind about that stuff given its the 21st Century but sometimes one has to wonder.

    • Peter Young says:

      Precisely, Timo. Racism among people who wield some kind of power these days is mostly very subtle, not overt. It mostly affects decisions where there is a good deal of discretion in the decision-maker, who is thus able to hide racism behind other explanations for the decision. I see so much racism on the web and hear so much of it when I’m among white people that it sickens me. I have shared my life for nearly a quarter of a century with an African-American woman.

    • Blade says:

      So….how do you explain the small amount of ice time by some of the rest of the players on Team Canada?

      • Peter Young says:

        I don’t know. Perhaps the way they played. I do know the NBC commentators praised P.K. for playing a smart game and being a big factor in the win today.

        As for racism and P.K., I remember the way Ted Lindsay’s constant chirping was greeted as an asset in the 1950s and constantly praised. But when P.K. does the same thing, WOW.

        And the fans and media all loved Eddie Shack’s showboating for a decade. But when P.K. does something not nearly as flamboyant, again WOW.

  3. Grimmly says:

    Wow these announcers are terrible at evaluating hockey, how do they not mention the number of bad rebounds Lou let out, wow

    • Chuck is a Canuck says:

      I liked the super slow-mo replay where Luongo had his eyes closed when the shot came in! But, hey, it’s making the save that counts.

      All in all, the entire team looks like they’ve got their confidence.

  4. AH says:

    So I just watched some of the game..is Pk even getting any icetime?, never saw him once.

  5. UKRAINIANhab says:

    6-0 game

    …still no Subban

  6. Blade says:

    Regarding the backlash on PK’s ice time. I tried to look up Drew Doughty’s ice time in 2010. Could not find it anywhere. I did find a stat saying that had a total of 19 shifts over 7 games. I do not know if this is true or not, but if it is, that does not sound like a lot of ice time either for Doughty’s first go around at the Olympics. I love PK as much as any other Hab fan, but were we really expecting him to play a massive role in these Olympics? Look at their whole defensive corps. He is not the best out of them…

  7. Peter Young says:

    Canada’s players still are not taking full advantage of the increased width of the ice surface through their superior skating. They are still playing a narrow, press ahead game. Once they do become accustomed to it, if ever, we ought to see more lateral movement creating space for teammates and the occasional killer pass. P.K. Subban is the one player who, let loose, would exploit the wider ice surface. But in this game the Canadians don’t need anything more; they’re simply overpowering the Austrians.

  8. Timo says:

    Congrats to Patrick Chan!!!

  9. Et le Canadian but says:

    Patrick Chan just won silver!!!!

  10. Mavid is a Canadian says:

    grrrr stupid cell coverage in this building sucks…the TV keeps freezing..so I have to listen to it on the radio..what am I missing..these guys are gushing over PK..says Babcock is nuts if he does not keep him playing…not so much for Price…

    Weed Wacker Grandma Smurf

  11. Timo says:

    I can’t believe 82% think Babcock is the right coach.

  12. jols says:

    Split screen for real. If I wanted to watch figure skating I would change channels.

  13. Timo says:

    Looks like Roberto Luongo is headed for a solid shutout. Good job Roberto.

  14. Just A Guy says:

    With the way the U.S. blew up Slovakia yesterday, Canada will want to get a good, if not great, plus/minus out of this game if they want to finish as a top 1 or 2 seed.

  15. This big ice is killing Austria, maybe what they need is a smaller surface so they can keep up. :lol:

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  16. Timo says:

    PK’s ice time is horseshi!t especially considering how much ice time Hamhuis got last night. Babcock is a class A ahole and I don’t wish him and kind of success in this tournament. Perhaps an errant puck can end the Olympics for him.

    • adadi says:

      I’m hoping bringing PK wasn’t just a ploy to appease those who would say that PK’s treatment in the NHL and by team Canada has more to do with his colour than with his game.

    • UKRAINIANhab says:

      ^ this.

    • jols says:

      Hamhuis competes against two average left handed dmen for ice-time, PK is competing against 3 stud right handed dmen. The only way he plays a lot is if one gets injured.

    • stevieray says:

      could not have said it better …. Imagine if Sweden did the same to Karlsson …their styles are similar I’d say
      Another concern is Bobby Loo is looking pretty steady …the goal that Price failed to stop ( regardless of whose fault ) may haunt him . It just seems Carey has this thing about makes great saves and then some how he lets a questionable one in . I hope I don’t take to much heat for this thought…remember it was Babcock who said ..their resume means a lot !

  17. Sportfan says:

    Have any of the players had their families go to Russia to see them?

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  18. adadi says:

    Boone, oh how we miss thee. Thy interspersed comments are not to be borne, oh please do not forget us, now that you have passed to that majestical blog in the sky.

  19. Grimmly says:

    Why bother bringing PK, seriously

  20. Habilis Canadianis says:

    Dear Glen Healy,

    Stay in Russia.

    Love, Canada.

  21. adadi says:

    I know the number of goals is important, but running up the score is still not cool.

    • Maritime Ronn says:

      adadi

      Here’s understanding what you are saying, but this isn’t NFL football where a team can run out the clock.
      These guys are all competitors where scoring goals has been all they know in their lives.
      It may be hard to put a leash on that.

  22. Et le Canadian but says:

    Healy suggesting Team Canada take another penalty so they can work on their 5 on 3.

    Pathetic, really….what a tool!

  23. B says:

    Boone mentions the unmentionable (again). I get that some folks aren’t superstitious about it, but why aggravate those of us who are? I may have to stop reading his live blogs live.

    –Go Habs Go!–

  24. Sportfan says:

    Did anyone really expect an intense game between Austria and Canada?

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  25. UKRAINIANhab says:

    Luongos rebounds are killer

  26. Grimmly says:

    No rebounds my ass, 2 huge ones there

    • Bash says:

      Two that a team other than Austria would cash.

      Carter has made one good back check and scored three invisible goals. St. Louis looks much better on that wing.

      “If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.” (anon)

  27. adadi says:

    Don’t worry about Cherry. His constituency is the same 45% of Torontonians that would re-elect Rofo. The bigger issue for me is why these folks get to vote in the first place. Makes for a scary future!

  28. scarboro_habitant says:

    perrys gonna hear about that 1 from the boys later lol.

  29. UKRAINIANhab says:

    Subban has played 1 minute preety much. Ridiculous

  30. Maritime Ronn says:

    If you’re a fan of Team Canada , you are happy.
    If you’re a fan of Hockey, this is an awful hockey snorefest.

    Think Exibition game…Habs vs. Bulldogs, and players being told not to hurt each other.

    Not quite sure if Team Canada playing in the Bottom Feeder Section is a good thing, as sometimes you can play down to competition.

    Goalies, Dmen, forwards are not being challenged by skill/smarts on the big surface.
    Finland will be an upgrade….sorta.

  31. Bash says:

    PK not getting much of a chance and is on a tight leash…surprise?
    Seems that the decision is made …for now at least.

    “If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.” (anon)

  32. UKRAINIANhab says:

    Austria sucks lol

  33. adadi says:

    Where’s Boone?

  34. adadi says:

    The uniforms suck! Best uniforms of all time; the 72 Summit series.

  35. Habcouver BLEEDS MAPLE SYRUP says:

    Mike Boone’s comments get the Gold on Live Blog.

    Waiting excitedly for GOLD

  36. Mr. Biter says:

    Great video feed on CBC for your computer. Always want the black uniforms to get checked then remember its Canada.

    Mr. Biter
    No Guts No Glory

  37. habs_54321 says:

    Luongo looking very comfortable and confident in net, no rebounds

  38. Cal is Canadian says:

    Maybe Austria should just have a Dman play nets if that’s all they have. Wow, a shooter tutor would be better.

  39. Caesar is Canadian says:

    Here’s what I see, Team Canada is playing with a little more jump than yesterday because the competition is a little more experienced. Yesterday, and to some extent today, they are pulling their shots so they do not kill someone on the ice. Against Norway they absorbed a lot of crap because they really couldn’t go all out without sending guys to the hospital. This will probably end against Finland.

    Ice is terrible it’s the 3rd game of the day over there and seems really warm. The puck throws up snow when it goes into the corners.

    PK looks OK —better than the 2 Blues but we need more time to see where he fits. Weber and Doughty do not look like they are even sweating and Kieth is kind of invisible but in a real good way.

    Price is better than Lou

  40. scarboro_habitant says:

    keith hasnt looked that good so far..both games.

  41. J.Ambrose.OBrien says:

    God, I hate Cherry. Okay, not him personally. Just every word that comes out of his ignorant, arrogant, self-congratulatory mouth.

    I remember Dec. 31, 1975

  42. habs001 says:

    The forwards still are falling a lot…They are playing better but seem still out of sync…they are getting more chances but most of them are not that great..

  43. Sportfan says:

    What the hell is the point of the story, he took forever to tell it to… time to retire cherry….

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  44. Cal is Canadian says:

    They’re throwing pretty much a no-hitter out there. Basketball on ice without the high scoring means something integral to the game is missing.

  45. Habcouver BLEEDS MAPLE SYRUP says:

    Duchene and MSL do not look out of place.

    Waiting excitedly for GOLD

  46. Maritime Ronn says:

    Missed most of the 1st period
    Anyone have a link to ToI or complete summary?

    How was PK?
    How many shifts?
    How much time?
    Who was his playing partner?

  47. scarboro_habitant says:

    3-0 finns over the vikings after 1?

  48. Cal is Canadian says:

    Are those butt ugly jerseys or what?
    Canada’s colours are red and white.

  49. secretdragonfly is Canadian says:

    We miss you here, Mike!
    “As a bad typist, I really hoped Tomas Hunderptfund wouldn’t make the stat sheet”

  50. DoopsyDiddler says:

    These commentators are embarrassing. Is this what CBC viewers put up with on a regular basis?

  51. Peter Young says:

    It’s likely P.K. will play cautiously. But I hope he gets a chance to shine. This large ice surface was made for his skating ability.

  52. 25 Stanley Cups says:

    It truly is a tragedy that Bergeron plays for the Bruins.

    I think he would fit in so well in Montreal in every aspect.

  53. Blondie est Canadien says:

    What a shot!

  54. DoopsyDiddler says:

    I wish the Austrian keeper wouldn’t gift goals to our D-men other than PK.

    Yes I’m petty.

  55. boing007 says:

    Shea W! Sign him MB.

    Richard R

  56. secretdragonfly is Canadian says:

    Time delay between TSN radio and the liveblog. Better just follow Boone et al.

  57. Chuck is a Canuck says:

    Wow. Gift goal.

  58. Chris says:

    It really is unfortunate how diminished the star-power has already become at this tournament: Steven Stamkos, Marian Gaborik, Mikko Koivu, Valtteri Filppula, Johan Franzen, Lubomir Visnovsky and Henrik Sedin are now joined by Henrik Zetterberg on the sidelines.

    Sweden is really taking a beating: losing Franzen, Sedin and Zetterberg up front makes it a pretty tall order for them to win the gold medal this year.

    The Slovaks have also been pummelled: they lost three of the defencemen originally named to their team coming into the tournament, so it is a real patch-work for them.

  59. Blondie est Canadien says:

    From the live blog in case anyone missed it:

    I should apologize for Habscentric parochialism. I tended to look closely at Carey Price yesterday and will be preoccupied by P.K. Subban today. Traikos will be similarly focused on Team Canada’s Leafs. Oh.
    by mike.boone 11:48 AM

    Mahvellous.

  60. scarboro_habitant says:

    gotta say, elliotte friedman is good at what he does. not sure if he makes up the questions he asks but theyre always good questions that seem to get a good answer out of the player.

  61. Maritime Ronn says:

    Lots of folks think the bigger ice surface will be an advantage for PK – and it may well play out to be so, yet a closer look at the actual dimensions leaves questions to be answered.

    Most know the international rink is 15 feet wider than the NHL rinks, yet the other zone dimensions are quite different.

    The international sheet has a longer neutral zone (58 feet compared to 50), shorter offensive zones (58 feet compared to 64) and more room to work with behind the net (13 feet compared to 11).

    That means that both the offensive and defensive zones could be be more north-south cluttered, while allowing more perimeter area ( 7.5 feet) on each side.

    So the question becomes, does having LESS ‘north-south’ area in both the O and D zones become an advantage or disadvantage for PK?

    • Chris says:

      The bigger problem with the international ice is that players that are sometimes prone to drifting out of position to throw a big check (and Subban fits that description) end up being punished even more on the big ice. That extra 7.5 feet might as well be a mile if you miss or a teammate of your opponent picks up the puck while you are picking yourself off the ice near the boards.

      I suspect the Canadian coaching staff has warned the Canadian players of the dangers of being overly exuberant when it comes to physical play. Hockey is a much less physical game on international ice.

      • krob1000 says:

        That shouldn’t be the case as much anymore though as open ice hitting is almost obsolete. In a standard game 90-95 percent of hits nowadays happen against the boards. Since the game has become so much a game of mistakes vacating your position to make a it is very much frowned upon anymore. You normally only see it if there is plenty of support both behind and in front of the hitter. For instance if an attack is outnumberd..ie 2 guys attakcing 3 then a guy like Emelin may step up. 2 on 2…which used to be a itting situation would be delendant on whot eh 5th man is and therir position relative to the pcuk.

        • Chris says:

          Yeah, but Subban LOOKS for those rear-end hits out near the blue-line. He likes to paste people at the boards and/or force them to think he’s going to do it to cause offsides.

          Stepping up for a board hit at the blue line in international hockey is dangerous because you really tend to drift out of position, and the shorter offensive zone means you have less time to catch up to a player if you are deked. The defencemen always have the toughest time adjusting to international ice because their angles really change.

          • krob1000 says:

            It is a catch 22 for the d…the cloiser blueline means they must have a tighter gap….but at the same time the extra width allows for an easier wide entry so they definitely need to adjust their games. OFten wingers cme thourhg the neutral zone absolutely flying….this is a big reason the international game is so trap suited…full speed attacks are very dangerous and the best of dmen can be beat…even those who are used to the international ice

    • krob1000 says:

      on pp advantage as he will have more room to get off hs one timer. At 5 on 5 there is actually less room in the offensive zone…so on one hand there is more room for him to carry the puck if tha opportunity comes within the flow of the game…but inside the blueline it is more limiting re shots fromthe middle…but there is more room where the blueline meets the oards. So if a guy like PK were accustomed to it and were given the green light he could be dangerous coming down the wall…but I doubt he sdoes that in this role.

  62. Chuck is a Canuck says:

    PK should unsuspectingly redirect a few past Louie today.

  63. Sportfan says:

    I really really hate that they are letting Kunitz play lol Sit hime for one game and see if there are other guys you can put with Crosby. Try i dunno Tavares and St Louis.

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  64. Plekasuares says:

    NO ONE would beat Canada in a 7 game series, anything can happen in the quarters

    • jols says:

      What happened to UKRAINEhab ?

    • Chris says:

      We’ve seen supposedly unbeatable teams go down to defeat in 7 game defeats. Montreal’s last two Stanley Cup victories are proof of that: nobody though the 1986 Oilers could be beat in a 7-game series, but they were. And nobody believed that 1993 Penguins could be beaten in a 7-game series with a healthy Mario Lemieux, Jaromir Jagr, Ron Francis, Rich Tocchet and Kevin Stevens. But the Islanders pulled it off.

      Team Canada is absolutely beatable in a 7-game series against the likes of Sweden, the Czech Republic, Finland, the United States or Russia. I don’t think the Swiss or Slovaks could do it, but stranger things have happened.

      Canada would enter any series as the favourite. But they are beatable. The win-or-go-home format obviously makes the risk much greater of the Canadians being upset, particularly if a goalie gets hot. In that case, the Swiss and the Slovaks could easily pull of a stunner on any given day if everything went the right way for them.

  65. krob1000 says:

    Anyone got a US based radio stream of the game?

  66. Sportfan says:

    Go Canada Go!

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  67. jols says:

    Over/Under 100 comments today about how PK in being misused or being treated unfairly by the Canadian coaching staff. I say way over.

  68. Say Ash says:

    So they’re wearing black jerseys today, eh? Hmmm….

  69. aversglay says:

    Boone’s live blog can be found on page 404. You can find Boone at unspace (dot) ca (slash) Booneblog

  70. Et le Canadian but says:

    Can secretdragonfly is Canadian win 2 medals in the same event?

  71. krob1000 says:

    I really hope we see the PK from last season and earlier this year.
    Interestingly he as the teams best dman last year and early this year….and Eller was the teams go top performing center last year and earlier this year. Both are the same age….both have struggled …not sure what happened but is it a coincidence both are RFA’s? Could the team have pulled Eller from a more offensive role and PK been told to play a little more consevratively to save a some cap dollars and real dollars moving forward? Sorry but I have to wonder….part of me hopes they aren’t doing that…and another part of thinks wow…maybe they are doing that and that would ultimately benefit everyone except PK and Lars….but they will still be quite fine…hmmm

    • Maritime Ronn says:

      Hey Krob

      Perhaps another way to look at it.

      From here, it’s ALL about the Habs winning…. and the Cap dollar allocation difference in the future for either PK or Eller is marginal at best when you consider the big factors.

      Next year’s Cap will be $71M.
      No matter what, PK is guaranteed at least $7M and Eller $3.5M.
      That’s $10.5M.. that could reach $12.5M at most.

      Maybe sometimes we all forget both Subban and Eller are young pros with fragile confidence.

      • krob1000 says:

        Trust me I would rather see Eller getting top minutes and PK playing a more free game…it jsut seems like they came out of the gates flying and then had their wings clipped. 2 million a year is pretty signifcant and would be the difference in any high end free agent signing IMO. I can’t help but keep coming back to that every time I see Eller line up with PRust and Bourque…or see PK hesitate. In all likelihood it isn’t the case but it sure is food for thought and a case could be made for sure. I can’t say I agree with it…just like I didnt agree with the tank of two seasons ago…but when it happened I was quite ok with it and then supported traing aay as many pieces as possible which facilitated the tank. SO if the HAbs get PK for 7.5 instead of 8.5 for the enxt 7 years and Eller for 3.75 for 4 years instead of 4.75 I would be quite ok with that as it would allow some overspending on a UFA that could help during a very crucial couple of eyars where the young talent is affordable.

  72. habsguru IS CANADIAN says:

    another bronze…

  73. secretdragonfly is Canadian says:

    Link to the liveblog isn’t working.

  74. secretdragonfly is Canadian says:

    Going for gold (again)

  75. The Jackal says:

    lol wat?

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  76. CJ says:

    You make good points Scotland. The use of the word “joke” was unfair.

    No denying the man made mistakes but I would never call Gainey a joke, especially not to his face. I had the pleasure of meeting him in Buffalo before the season opener three years ago. What a gracious man. Very humble, yet cast a big shadow. When I spoke with him he was all business, yet willing to share his time. I have a great photo of two of us, something I will always cherish.

  77. Mr. Biter says:

    Hockey sense. Some have it some don’t. How many times this year watching the Habs with the pucks lying there or sliding on the ice near the opposition goal and no Hab in sight. Carter right time, right spot and in the net. Not luck, skill reading the play and going to the right spot and converting.

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