Men's hockey action at the 2014 Winter Olympics is just in the beginning stages, but Friday's Day 7 slate offered a handful of exciting and enticing matchups.
With some serious medal contenders like Canada, Sweden and Czech Republic among the four games played on Friday, we were sure to be graced with top-notch highlights, and the players did not disappoint. Whether it was a dominating performance from one of those world powers or a tightly-contested game, there was no shortage of excitement.
Let's take a look at the results from Day 7 in hockey and what to take away from the games.
|Day 7 Olympic Men's Hockey Results|
Canada Bounces Back Quickly After Sluggish Opener
A number of elite national teams poured an offensive explosion on their opponents in Thursday's games, which served as the opener for many. Canada was not one of those teams, as they pulled out a 3-1 win over Norway—albeit in sluggish fashion.
The star-studded Canadian team made its fans quickly forget about that slow opener Friday in a dominating, 6-0 win over Austria.
Drew Doughty struck first and Shea Weber followed with a blistering slap shot. Thanks to a hat trick from Jeff Carter, the Canadians' win was never in question. As a team, Canada fired 46 shots on the Austria net and was in control from start to finish.
If defensemen Weber and Doughty—who have combined for four goals through two games—continue to pour on the goals from the blue line, Canada will be near impossible to beat.
With the United States, Russia and Finland all looking to be unstoppable early on in the tournament, Canada's 6-0 win over Austria could not have come at a better time, as Mike Babcock and company look to build momentum.
Czech Republic's Jagr is Making Sochi His Best Olympics Yet
Jaromir Jagr of Czech Republic has been regarded as an all-time hockey great for years and is still producing at a high level in the NHL, despite being 42 years old and bouncing from team to team.
But he has never scored more than two goals in an Olympics, despite Sochi being his fifth Games. That's growing likelier to change, however, as Jagr has now netted two goals in two games in Sochi after Czech Republic's 4-2 victory over Latvia on Friday.
The Czechs dropped their Olympic opener to Sweden on Wednesday, so the ground-out win over Latvia was much needed for their hopes of advancing out of the group stage. If Jagr and company can take care of business on Saturday against Switzerland, they'll be in a great position to advance.
But perhaps the craziest part of Czech's Olympic run this year is that it may not be Jagr's last. That's right—the 42-year-old who was drafted to the NHL in 1990 wants to play in the 2018 Games as well, per The Star-Ledger's Rich Chere.
We'll see if the future 46-year-old Jagr makes it to Pyeongchang, South Korea, in 2018. Regardless, he's set to continue tearing up the nets in Sochi.
Lundqvist Prepared to Help Sweden Cope With Injury Problems
Needless to say, Sweden hasn't been graced with the best of luck since embarking on its Olympic journey. Henrik Zetterberg was ruled out for the rest of the Games per Associated Press via ABC News. Zetterberg joins fellow stars Henrik Sedin and Johan Franzen as formidable Swedish forwards who are missing out on the tournament due to injury.
But as long as Henrik Lundqvist continues playing at the level he's currently at, Sweden will be just fine.
Lundqvist's shutout on Friday led Sweden to a 1-0 win over Switzerland, preserving the Swedes' perfect record in Sochi, despite playing without many of their best forwards.
That lone goal didn't come easy, either, as it came off the stick of Daniel Alfredsson with just 7:21 left in the game. But if Lundqvist continues logging shutouts, Sweden's offense can afford to be missing a beat.