Canadian men’s hockey team open up Olympic campaign with 8-0 win over Norway


Dany Heatley and Jarome Iginla each had two goals to lead Canada to a 8-0 win over Norway on Tuesday night.

Heatley tipped a Chris Pronger point shot past Norway goaltender Pal Grotnes at 4:27 of the second period to put Canada up 2-0 and became the second best point producer all-time for Canada in International play, passing Eric Lindros.

In the first period, Canada outshot Norway 14-4 but seemed to lack chemistry and were turned aside by Grotnes strong goaltending, causing the game to go into the first intermission scoreless.

Norway’s Mads Hansen took a hooking call early in the second period and Canada would take advantage on the power play as Jarome Iginla one-timed a Sidney Crosby pass to put Canada up 1-0 at the 2:30 mark of the second.

After Heatley had put Canada up 2-0, Mike Richards added to the lead at the 11:06 of the second beating Grotnes with a low shot to increase the score to 3-0.

“It took a while for us to get going, in the second though they started going in,” Iginla told CTV during the second intermission.

Canada started off the third period strongly with Ryan Getzlaf jamming in a rebound off a Scott Niedermayer point shot to score Canada’s fourth goal of the night at 4:29 in the third.

Grotnes was pulled from the game after Getzlaf’s goal and replaced by backup goalie Andre Lysenstoen.

The goaltending switch made little difference as Dany Heatley scored his second goal of the game and Canada’s second power-play goal after taking a pass from Patrick Marleau and firing a shot that beat Lysenstoen at 6:43.

Iginla would notch his second goal of the game taking a cross crease pass from Rick Nash at the 7:36 minute and shooting it past Lysenstoen to put Canada up 6-0.

Corey Perry would make it 7-0 scoring off a rebound from an Eric Staal shot in close.

Rick Nash scored Canada’s eighth and final goal after a wrist shot from the point beat Lysenstoen. Iginla was thought to have tipped the puck in thus notching his third goal of the game but upon review the goal was credited to Nash.

Roberto Luongo was stellar in net for Canada stopping 15 out 15 shots for the shutout. Norway’s Grotnes stopped 28 of 32 shots before he was pulled, Lysenstoen stopped 6 of 10 shots.

Team Canada went 2-for-6 on the power play while Norway went 0-for-5 and out shot Norway 42-15.

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