The favorite to win the Men’s tournament at the Sochi Olympics, Team Canada, defeated Norway by the final score of 3-1. While the score way probably not as big as some thought out of Canada, a win is a win and it’s a good start for them.
It seemed the Canadians were going through those growing pains that so often happen during the Olympics, especially in the first period. They barely outshot the Norwegians 9-8 in the first period but even so did not relinquish a goal making it a scoreless tie after one.
Canada finally showed some life in the second period where they dominated the play from start to finish inlcuding a 14-2 shot advantage. Those 14 shots included goals from Shea Weber and Jamie Benn to give Team Canada a 2-0 lead.
Weber’s goal came on a delayed penalty with the extra attacker while Benn’s came on a wrist-shot that went off the post and in. Also, Norway did not register a shot in the second period until there were about two minutes left.
In the third period Norway struck just 22 seconds in when Patrick Thoresen scored after he deflected a Mathis Olimb shot while on the power play. That made it just a one-goal game with plenty of time for the Norwegians to gain the tie.
However, just 1:25 later Team Canada answered when L.A. Kings defenseman Drew Doughty split to forwards to get to the slot and fired a backhander past Lars Haugen. San Jose’s own Patrick Marleau would earn an assist on that goal which would put the game out of reach for Norway. In the end while Norway played a tough first game for Canada, it was skill that won out in the end.
Next up for Team Canada is up against Austria who gave Finland a rough start as well before eventually giving up eight goals. It should be another victory for the Canadians who are looking to earn that first round bye.