The small increase in temperature you may have felt coming out of the north was the entire nation of Canada breathing a huge sigh of relief when Shea Weber finally put Team Canada on the board early in the second period. Team Canada and Norway seemed surprisingly evenly matched after one period of play, with the score tied at 0-0 and shots 9-8 in favor of Canada. We have seen several teams have a slow start (see: United States), only to get things going later in the game, but this did not quell any worries from Canada’s supporters.
After Shea Weber broke the tie, Jamie Benn followed up with a nice goal seven minutes later, to put Canada up 2-0. The second period proved to be Norway’s undoing, as they went the majority of the period without a shot on goal. They finished with two (one of which was a slow roller to the net on a line change) for the entire second period.
Despite the ice being tilted towards the Norwegian end in the second, Norway came out ready to play in the third and Patrick Thoresen scored 30 seconds into the final frame to give his team some hope. However, that would be the only goal Norway would manage today and a Drew Doughty goal a minute later would be the final goal to put Canada up 3-1.
Team Canada won the game, and that is really all that matters when it comes to the standings, but with a team that is aspiring to win a gold medal, it was an underwhelming performance. Canada looked lost and disinterested in the first and really only dominated in the second. Fortunately for them, the Olympic tournament is long, so Canada has some time to build chemistry and sort out any issues they may have.
Despite losing the game, Norway showed that they can hang with the elite teams in the Olympic tournament. One could consider today a moral victory for the Norwegian hockey program.
Both Norway and Canada do not get to rest for long, as both will be back in action tomorrow. Norway will take on Finland and Canada will meet up with Austria. Both games are at 12:00PM (EST).