Olympic Hockey: Canada Beats Norway 3-1
Team Canada took care of business in its first game of the Sochi Olympics. The Canadians beat Norway 3-1 and looked solid throughout the game. Kudos to Norway and goaltender Lars Haugen, who had 35 saves, for battling hard and managing to only lose by two goals.
Norway stood up well against the Canadians in the first period. Ole-Kristian Tollefsen played a hard-hitting game and put up several tackles that seemed to give the Norwegians some confidence. Lars Haugen was solid in net and his very aggressive style of coming out and challenging shots fared well in the first period. Mats Zucarello logged heavy minutes and on several occasions he made life difficult for the Canadian defencemen.
In the second period it was all about Canada. Shea Weber blasted in 1-0 from the blue line after 6:20 in the second. Jamie Benn made it 2-0 with less than five minutes to go in the period. Canada had 14 shots on Haugen in the second, compared to Norway’s 2 attempts on Carey Price. It was total domination from Canada throughout the period and it could easily have been 5-0 but Haugen had a couple of really good saves.
Norway got on the board early in the third period with a power-play goal by Patrick Thoresen on a deflection on Mathis Olimb’s shot just 22 seconds in and it looked like they at least had a glimmer of hope. But a minute and 15 seconds later Drew Doughty made it 3-1 Canada after jumping in to the play and putting a nifty move on Haugen and backhanding it into the net. Canada kept the pressure, but once again Norway played a good defensive game and Haugen was solid in net. Canadian fans might have wanted a bigger margin on the scoreboard but Canada was never in any danger of losing this game.
Shots 38-20 in favor of Canada.