U.S. earns No. 2 seed, will face winner of Czech Republic-Slovakia
BY MARK LAZERUS Staff Reporter February 16, 2014 9:29PM
Updated: February 17, 2014 2:20AM
SOCHI, Russia — Team Canada might not have had flow charts printed up, but the players knew the ramifications of overtime Sunday against Finland. A bye to the quarterfinals already had been clinched, but a victory meant the No. 3 seed. A loss meant the No. 4 seed — and a probable matchup with Russia in the quarterfinals.
So Drew Doughty’s second goal (and fourth of the tourney) was a big one in Canada’s 2-1 victory.
“At some point we’re going to feel some pressure — I think tonight we did,” Jonathan Toews said. “We felt some pressure late, and it could have gone either way. It’s going to be the same way the next game and the game after that if we continue to survive.”
Pool play is over, with Sweden taking the top seed, the United States at No. 2, Canada at No. 3 and Finland at No. 4, with Russia forced to play 12th-seeded Norway for finishing fifth. The top four seeds all get byes to the quarterfinals on Wednesday. Now every game is an elimination game.
“It’s do-or-die time now,” American winger Patrick Kane said. “This is where the fun begins.”
The United States will draw the winner of Tuesday’s Czech Republic-Slovakia game. Canada will face the winner of Switzerland-Latvia. Sweden, Finland and Russia are on the other side of the bracket, meaning if the United States and Canada meet, it’ll be in the semifinals. And if there’s a U.S.-Russia rematch, it will be for the gold or bronze medal.