P.K. Subban and Matt Duchene were the scratches for today’s hockey game between Team Canada and Team Norway, which should tell you a lot about the depth that Canada has this year at the Olympics. Yet, they looked a little rough around the edges in their opening game.
The first period was tough on Team Canada as they accumulated multiple icing and offside calls. But, by the end of the first, they looked a little more cohesive together on the ice.
The second period was all Team Canada as their defensive and offensive play stepped up and began to produce. Just over six minutes into the second, Shea Weber opened the scoring as Duncan Keith and Patrice Bergeron got the assists. Later in the period, Jamie Benn added to Team Canada’s tally. Drew Doughty and Bergeron acquired the assists on Benn’s goal.
On a powerplay, Team Norway scored their only goal of the game at the beginning of the third period. Patrick Thoresen was awarded the goal while Mathis Olimb got the assist. Doughty widened the gap for Canada with Ryan Getzlaf and Patrick Marleau receiving the assists on Team Canada’s third and final goal of the game.
Carey Price started in goal and made 19 saves on 20 shots while Team Canada made 38 shots on net and potted 3 goals. The Canadians ended up winning with a final score of 3-1.
The Olympics are a relatively short tournament and I hope that Team Canada can play a full 60 minutes during their next game against Team Austria on Friday by starting off strong and continuing through the entire game. I’m sure that Sidney Crosby, Jonathan Toews, and company won’t let us down because Canada has always been a contender and their skill level and talents will not be wasted.
Go Team Canada!