Sunday, November 19, 2017
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Old guys lift Finns, Czechs, Swedes

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SOCHI, Russia — Teemu Selanne became the oldest hockey player to score in Olympic history, helping Finland rout Norway 6-1 Friday.

"That record makes me feel very old," said the Ducks forward, 43, grinning.

Selanne, in his record-tying sixth Games, has scored 15 goals since NHL players began competing at the 1998 Games. No one else has more.

Lightning defenseman Sami Salo, 39, had an assist in the game. At the other end of the spectrum, 19-year-old defenseman Olli Maatta of the Penguins had a goal and two assists.

Selanne wasn't the only ageless wonder who helped his team win. Jaromir Jagr, the player Selanne supplanted as oldest scorer, got his second goal of the Games, on the eve of his 42nd birthday, to help the Czech Republic beat Latvia 4-2.

"I don't get old, man," Jagr said. "I am alive. God help me."

A relative youngster, 41-year-old Daniel Alfredsson of Sweden skated past the competition to get to the front of the net and poke in a winning goal with 7:21 left to beat Switzerland 1-0.

Defending champion Canadians cruised to a 6-0 win over Austria. It doesn't have any old players, just a bunch of good ones, including Jeff Carter, who scored three straight goals in the second period.

The Lightning's Marty St. Louis, 38, who started the game on Canada's top line with the Penguins' Sidney Crosby and Chris Kunitz, played 12:58, had four shots and was even for the game.

Finland (2-0) faces Canada (2-0) on Sunday for an automatic spot in the quarter­finals. The loser might get the wild-card berth to move on to the final eight in the 12-nation tournament.

The Czechs (1-1) likely will have to play an extra game in the qualification round just to reach the quarterfinals even if they beat Switzerland (1-1) today.

Sweden (2-0) moved into a favorable position to earn a spot in the quarterfinals as the only undefeated team in Group C, but it took a big blow when before the Switzerland game it lost forward Henrik Zetterberg of the Red Wings for the rest of the Games because of a herniated disc. The Swedes can't replace Zetterberg on their roster.

With a victory over winless Latvia today, the Swedes will earn a pass into the quarter­finals.

Quick decision for U.S.: Goalie Jonathan Quick of the Kings makes his second start of the Olympics for the Americans against Russia today. Quick made 22 saves in a 7-1 victory over Slovakia on Thursday in his Olympic debut.

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