Wednesday, February 17, 2010

PostHeaderIcon Olympic Hockey - Canada Easily Beats Norway

VANCOUVER, B.C. — Team Canada delivered a crowd-pleasing performance after stepping on to the biggest stage in international hockey.

Hometown hero Roberto Luongo stopped all 15 shots he faced and Canada showed off a variety of offensive weapons Tuesday, kicking off the long-awaited Olympic tournament with an 8-0 victory over Norway at Canada Hockey Place, better known as GM Place when the Olympics are not in town.

Jarome Iginla had a hat trick, Dany Heatley scored twice while Mike Richards, Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry each added singles for a young Canadian team that looked fairly composed after skating into the spotlight for the first time.

The anticipation had been building for Canadian hockey fans since the country crashed out of the Turin Olympics four years ago with a disastrous seventh-place finish, the worst-ever in history. It was worth the wait.

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