Fans can watch Team Canada vs. Austria hockey live online as pool play continues and Canada looks to continue its march toward the medal round.
In the opening contest on Thursday, Team Canada overcame a slow start against Norway to take a 3-1 victory.
Canada now looks to follow up on the win in its game with Austria, which is playing in its first Olympics since 2002 and not expected to put up much of a fight. The game starts at 12 pm ET.
The opening game may have been a bit frustrating for the team many expect to win gold, but Team Canada said they’re not worried.
“You’re playing your first game and everyone’s probably thinking about where they need to be and systems — probably a thousand things going through their minds,” captain Sidney Crosby said. “I think just once we settled in and realized how we play and how we need to play, we started to get some good results.”
Coach Mike Babcock said Team Canada played fine once they pulled things together.
“I thought in the first period we didn’t execute as well as we’d like,” Babcock said. “I thought we tried hard, didn’t execute.”
But he said there was still more room to improve, and was disappointed with the team’s lack of scoring chances.
“We probably in the end didn’t have enough traffic and not enough chances,” Babcock said. “We felt we had 24 chances tonight, and didn’t have seconds. So it’s something we have to get better at.”
Crosby said the key to the rest of the tournament will be maintaining a high level of attack.
“We possessed the puck a lot,” Crosby said. “We have big bodies who can hold onto the puck and play with a lot of speed. When they did get it out they didn’t have a lot of energy because we were down there. The game’s much more fun when you’re playing it that way and have them on their heels and they’re not able to create a lot because you’re playing in their zone.”
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