Cogliano looking to do more

TERRY KOSHAN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:54 AM ET

VANCOUVER -- His coach may not care where Canada's goals are coming from, as long as the result remains the same, but Andrew Cogliano would like to do more.

A first-round pick by the Edmonton Oilers in 2005, the speedy and offensively gifted Cogliano had just two assists in four round-robin games.

"I can do much more," said the Woodbridge native, who plays for the University of Michigan. "Nothing much has gone right my way. But we don't have one guy in the top five or six in scoring, and we are still 4-0. Still, our line has to get going a bit."

Cogliano had a beautiful chance to give Canada a 3-1 lead in its eventual 3-2 win against the U.S. on Saturday night. But from five feet in front of goalie Cory Schneider, he hit the crossbar.

The trio of Dustin Boyd, Steve Downie and Blake Comeau has scored six of Canada's 16 goals and has combined for 13 points.

Cogliano's linemates, David Bolland and Kyle Chipchura, have three goals apiece, but of the other seven forwards, only Tommy Pyatt has scored.

Brent Sutter shrugged at such facts.

"Whoever scores the goals is irrelevant," Sutter said. "The bottom line is to win."

DAY OF REST

Sutter gave his team a day off away from the rink yesterday, something each player welcomed. Canada will go hard in practice today and then await the outcome of a quarter-final tonight to see if it will play Sweden or Finland.

"It's good for the kids to have one day to kick back a little bit," Sutter said. "It's good mentally, and not just physically, to get away from the rink and not be around there for a day."

Canada may have surprised some with a 4-0 trip through the round robin, ensuring it will play for a medal of some colour. But while there have been stories of cracks in the U.S. dressing room, there's nothing remotely close with Canada.

"I think we've come a long way," Cogliano said. "It's good that we have stayed under the radar."

With some teams, there could be a concern that they would get ahead of themselves. This group, however, is cautious.

"To think that we are one win away (from playing for gold) and we are playing at GM Place, nothing can get better," Cogliano said. "But we have to take it one day at a time and be prepared as much as possible. If we do that, we will be in good shape."


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