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Fellow unbeatens Canada and Finland haven't really been tested heading into Sunday's preliminary-round finale.

That's about to change as these heavyweights go toe-to-toe with a guaranteed spot in the quarterfinals on the line.

One day after opening Group B play with a 3-1 win over Norway, Canada easily got by Austria 6-0 on Friday. Patrick Marleau assisted on all three second-period goals by Jeff Carter, who posted the first Olympic hat trick in a period in 22 years.

"They could probably make five teams with the guys they left at home," Austria's Michael Grabner said of the Canadians. "They're definitely one of the favorites, if not the favorite."

Ryan Getzlaf and Shea Weber each added a goal and an assist Friday, Drew Doughty scored for the second straight game and Roberto Luongo made 23 saves in his Sochi debut.

"We've been to a lot of these events and we know we got to get better as the tournament goes on," Getzlaf told the IIHF's official website. "We knew we could score more goals, but it was also about keeping them out of our net. That's a big thing for us, and Roberto made some big saves."

Though it's been mostly smooth sailing for the defending gold medalists, they know the Finns present a difficult challenge. Finland, a medalist in four of the past five Olympics, beat Austria 8-4 on Thursday before cruising to a 6-1 victory over Norway on Friday.

"Finland (is) the strongest opponent so far, so it's a good test for us," Getzlaf said. "We know what they bring, and we know a lot of their personnel. It should be fun to play."

Getzlaf and Corey Perry are surely looking forward to going up against Anaheim teammate Teemu Selanne, who continues to lead the way for Finland.

"Those guys are super-dangerous," Selanne said of Sunday's matchup. "Those guys have four All-Star lines. It's going to be a big challenge. It's going to fun."

The 43-year-old Selanne became the oldest player to score at the Olympics during Finland's three-goal first period against Norway. Lauri Korpikoski scored twice while Olli Jokinen and Olli Maatta notched a combined two goals and three assists.

"Teemu is very important for us," coach Erkka Westerlund said. "He's our captain and he sets a good example for the younger players. He's also a good person so it's a good atmosphere all the time on our team. Teemu's mind is so young."

After Tuukka Rask stopped just 16 of 20 shots versus Austria, Kari Lehtonen took a shutout into the third period against Norway and finished with 20 saves. Westerlund has yet to announce who will be in goal against the Canadians.

"They would beat the top lines in any NHL team," Lehtonen said. "It's a tough task for goalies. If I get to play that one, it'll be exciting."

Finland will be without 18-year-old forward Aleksander Barkov for the rest of the Olympics with a lower-body injury. The No. 2 pick in the 2013 draft by the Florida Panthers and the youngest athlete to ever represent Finland in the Winter Games, Barkov suffered the injury in the win over Norway.

Canada coach Mike Babcock is going back to Carey Price in goal for this game. The Montreal Canadiens netminder made 19 saves in his Olympic debut Thursday before giving way to Luongo.

"It's out of my hands," said Luongo, who is 7-1 with two shutouts over three trips to the Olympics. "If it's me, I'll be ready. If it's not, I'll still be ready."

Price won't have to face Finnish forward Aleksander Barkov, who will miss the rest of the tournament due to a lower-body injury suffered Friday. Babcock also made two changes to his lineup, adding Dan Hamhuis and Patrick Sharp to replace P.K. Subban and Martin St. Louis.

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