Ice Hockey - Winter Olympics Day 6 - Finland v Austria

Grabner powers Austria’s 3-1 win against Norway

Austria won its first game of the 2014 Olympics by edging Norway 3-1 on Sunday. Norway ends group play without a win.

While there wasn’t a whole lot on the line – in the grand scheme of things, the two teams were jostling for qualification round positioning – the victory highlighted how dangerous Michael Grabner can be on international ice.

The speedy New York Islanders winger didn’t score as Canada blanked his team on Feb. 14, but it seems like he’s on a hot streak nonetheless. He nabbed a hat trick while Finland blew out Austria 8-4 on Feb. 13 and added two goals and an assist on Sunday.

In other words, he’s been a part of six of Austria’s seven goals so far in this tournament (and nearly added a hat trick goal late in today’s game).

Michael Raffl collected Austria’s other goal while Per-Age Skroder was the only Norwegian to find the net.

The two teams will get a better idea of how their next games will play out as the standings become clearer.

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Weaver announces retirement after 633 NHL games

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Mike Weaver has retired. The 37-year-old defenseman made the announcement today via the NHLPA.

“What an enjoyable experience to do something you love for 11 years in the NHL and 15 years in professional hockey,” said Weaver in a release. “I could never have imagined this. Hockey is more than just a game to me. Thanks to the Atlanta Thrashers, Los Angeles Kings, Vancouver Canucks, St. Louis Blues, Florida Panthers and the Montreal Canadiens.

“I would also like to thank the fans who brought the energy and excitement every night to the arenas. When the game starts, your teammates are who you trust, rely on and respect the most. Thank you to all my teammates for all the memories that will last a lifetime.”

Undrafted out of Michigan State, Weaver ended up playing 633 games in the NHL, plus 28 more in the playoffs.

Larkin will start season with Red Wings

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Dylan Larkin — despite being just 19 years old — will begin the season on the Detroit Red Wings, a team not normally accustomed to having teenagers in the lineup.

Coach Jeff Blashill confirmed the news this morning. Larkin could apparently start on a line with Henrik Zetterberg and Justin Abdelkader.

Larkin, the 15th overall pick in the 2014 draft, had three goals and one assist in five preseason games. A natural center, he’s shown the potential to one day step into the kind of “big-time” role that Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk have played for so long in Detroit.

“You have to give our scouts credit,” former coach Mike Babcock told ESPN in May. “We got a great pick where we picked. How high end is he? How soon?”

Related: Coaching change ‘one of the reasons’ Larkin signed with Wings