Following a lacklustre start, the Canadian men’s hockey team has won their first game in Sochi. Norway was not an expected threat, and team Canada easily came away with a win on Feb.13.
There was concern after a scoreless first period, but it was all Canada through the second and third periods. Shea Weber put Canada on the board in the second period with a shot from the point.
Jamie Benn scored the next goal for Canada. They ended the second period ahead by a score of 2-0.
The Norwegian’s scored their first goal on the power play early in the third period after goaltender Carey Price fumbled a play behind the net. Patrick Thoresen capitalized what would be Norway’s only goal.
The defensemen contributed another goal when Drew Doughty quickly answered Norway. The final 3-1 score would stand, with Canada outshooting Norway 38-20.
Canada shuffled the lines throughout the game. It appears it is looking for the best combinations going forward.
Notably, Norris trophy winning defensemen P.K. Subban was a healthy scratch. He’ll start Feb.14 against Austria, but a lot of debate is swirling about that decision. Matt Duchene was also a healthy scratch.
Team Canada will be under a microscope every game, so there is no room for error.
Other important games today included:
- Slovenia surprising Russia with a respectable performance in a 5-2 loss.
- The US dominating Slovakia for a 7-1 win.