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Canada defeats Norway in men's hockey opener

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2/13/2014 4:29:09 PM
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It was a slow start, but Canada's men's hockey team surged to a 3-1 win over Norway on Thursday.

Drew Doughty, Jamie Benn and Shea Weber all netted goals for Canada in their first game of the Sochi Olympics.

Doughty, who scored at 1:47 of the 3rd period, moved up from his defence spot to finish off a play created by Patrick Marleau and Ryan Getzlaf.

Benn scored in a shot from the slot with assists from Patrice Bergeron and Doughty at 15:19 of the 2nd period, while Weber scored on a slap shot early in the 2nd period near Norway's blue line, beating goalie Lars Haugen.

A small surprise was Norway scoring on a redirect goal by Mathis Olimb on a shot that came about after Canada goalie Carey Price misplayed a shoot-in just 22 seconds into the 3rd period, breaking Canada's shutout.

Canada, Norway struggle early on

The first period started out rather slowly for the Canadians. An aggressive back-and-forth affair at the start, both Canada and Norway battled for puck possession early on.

Yet by the 2nd period, Canada had become dominant, pelting the Norwegians with shots while Norway struggled to fend off the Canadians.

Yet Norway stunned the pro-Canadian crowd with a redirect goal by Mathis Olimb on a shot that came about after Canada goalie Carey Price misplayed a shoot-in just 22 seconds into the 3rd period, breaking the shutout.

Things started getting rougher between the two teams near the end of the 3rd period, with penalties — including a rare roughing penalty in Olympic-level hockey — being issued for roughing and slashing. 

Shea Weber - Team Canada (Photo: The Canadian Press)

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(Photo: The Canadian Press)

CANADA vs. NORWAY

GAME NOTES

CAN 4-0-0 all-time vs NOR at OLY
CAN beat NOR 8-0 in 2010
CAN:
won Gold in 2010/2002
out of medals outside of NA in 1998 & 2006
1-1-0-1 in group play in 2010
7 captains on team and 6 assistant/alternate captains
Price to start, first game at Senior level for Canada
NOR:
Finished 10th in 2010
0-0-1-2 in group play in 2010
Best OLY finish is an 8th in 1972
1 NHL player on roster, Zuccarello-NYR
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