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SOCHI, Russia — Drew Doughty scored with 2:28 left in overtime to lift Canada to a 2-1 win over Finland on Sunday in the final preliminary round game of the men’s Olympic hockey tournament.

The defending gold medalists earned the No. 3 seed for the quarterfinals. Canada will play the winner of Tuesday’s Switzerland-Latvia game.

The Finns will be seeded fourth among the final eight teams, with quarterfinal play beginning Wednesday.

Sweden gets the top seed as the only team to win all three of its preliminary-round games in regulation. The U.S. will be seeded second, having won a tiebreaker with the Canadians on goal differential.

Doughty also scored midway through the first period, and Canada’s Carey Price had to make just 14 saves for the win.

Tuomo Ruutu scored for the Finns midway through the second period.

Russia 1, Slovakia 0, SO

SOCHI, Russia — Alexander Radulov and Ilya Kovalchuk scored in a shootout, Semyon Varlamov stopped 27 shots, and Russia beat Slovakia a day after losing a shootout to the U.S.

After Varlamov stopped both Slovak attempts in the shootout, Kovalchuk beat Jan Laco to seal the Russians’ second win in the preliminary-round.

A day after U.S. forward T.J. Oshie scored four shootout goals to beat Russia, the hosts were pushed to another shootout by Laco, who made 36 saves.

Laco was a surprise starter in place of his winless team’s two NHL goalies, and the Kontinental Hockey League backup nearly stole a win over the powerful Russian offense.

If the fifth-seeded Russians avoid getting upset by 12th-seeded Norway, they will play Finland. Slovakia must face the Czech Republic in the qualification round Tuesday, with the winner playing the Americans.

Austria 3, Norway 1

SOCHI, Russia — Michael Grabner scored two goals and Mathias Lange made 34 saves as Austria held off Norway for its first victory at the Olympic men’s hockey tournament.

Michael Raffl scored in the first period for Austria, which finished third in its group at 1-2. Austria and Norway both lost to Canada and Finland.

Austria’s reward for its victory is a matchup with Olympic newcomer Slovenia in the qualification round on Tuesday. That winner gets a contest with Sweden on Wednesday.

Grabner, the New York Islanders forward, has five goals in his first three Olympic matches after scoring early and late against Norway. His breakaway goal with 1:37 left secured the victory.

Per-Age Skroder scored and Lars Haugen stopped 24 shots for Norway, which hasn’t won an Olympic hockey game since its home Lillehammer Games in 1994.

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