Starting the stoppers
Both teams went back to goaltenders who started the tournament and then sat out in their respective second games. Hard to argue with the decision on either one, and it would be a shock if we didn't see Rask and Carey Price back between the pipes for the quarterfinals on Wednesday. On Sunday, Rask stopped 25 of 27 shots and during the first and through to the final minutes of the second he was crucial to keeping the Finns within a goal. Rask's stop on a Kunitz blast from the slot after a gruesome turnover in the Finnish zone was particularly memorable. Not much Price could do on the first Finland goal, as it was deflected in front by Ruutu. But he denied the Finns on the aforementioned scoring chances, including a shoulder stop on a hard shot by Juhamatti Aaltonen from the right side. Carey's lone stop in overtime was a big one, too, as he got a blocker on a hard Sami Salo shot not long before Doughty ended the game. With a team as good defensively as Canada has been -- they've allowed just two goals in three games -- it's not so much having a goalie who stops 40 but rather having a goalie who stops the few quality chances that come his way. That will be the case if, as expected, Switzerland gets by Austria in the qualification round and meets Canada in the quarterfinals.
Drew Doughty for MVP
Doughty told us shortly before the Olympic break about his experience in Vancouver and how he had to be told by executive director Steve Yzerman to play his game and not worry about mistakes. A lot of time has passed since then, and Doughty has won a Stanley Cup and was on a short list for playoff MVP in 2012, and his play thus far in Sochi has been electrifying. He now has four goals and two of them have been game winners. He also has an assist and his five points put him in third place in Olympic scoring. Playing with Weber, the two are a dominant force on the Canadian blue line. Is an Olympic MVP in the offing?