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LIVE BLOG: Canada v. Norway, men’s hockey

Oh yeah! It’s time!


 

7:20 p.m.
This is it: the moment we’ve been waiting for. It’s gold or bust in hockey.

7:30 p.m.
First off, let me say this: I’m pumped for Olympic hockey. I’m as nervous-excited, at this moment, as I was for the gold medal game in Salt Lake City.

7:31 p.m.
That said, I’ve got a feeling we won’t be winning men’s hockey gold. Russians are super-good; Americans are better than expected. I’d guess we’re looking at silver or bronze.

7:33 p.m. Why Luongo’s starting, I have no idea.

7:35 p.m. Wow. Crowd is crazy!

7:36 p.m. Pronger’s playing in his fourth Olympics. ‘Nuff said. He shouldn’t be on this team.

7:39 p.m. They should have scored by now. I’m disappointed.

7:41 p.m. This dump and cycle play is awful. Reason #1 why they should not be playing on NHL-size ice.

7:42 p.m. I’d say chances are about even thus far. Bad sign.

7:44 p.m. First break thoughts: This looks like an NHL game, which is bad. The bigger ice would have been a major improvement.

7:48 p.m. Two things the NHL can learn from the IIHF: 1) a high stick is always a penalty in the IIHF — no matter whether it was a follow-through or not; 2) no-touch icing makes so much sense.

7:53 p.m. Useless fact about Norway: There are 37 ice rinks in the country. Thanks, consortium.

7:54 p.m. Fun fact: Pierre McGuire’s first name?

7:56 p.m. Answer: Regis!

7:58 p.m. Is it just me, or you also expecting Canada to score every time down the ice … and then you get disappointed when they don’t?

8:00 p.m. Ice doesn’t look to solid. Lots of bouncing pucks.

8:02 p.m. Best shift so far for Canada: Good hit by Bergeron; nice shot by Crosby.

8:05 p.m. McGuire thinks Canada’s playing well so far. No goals against a team with no NHLers (and only 37 rinks IN THE WHOLE COUNTRY) = not playing well

8:07 p.m. End of period: Canada 0 , Norway 0.

8:10 p.m. I said it earlier, and I’ll say it again: The first period played out like a typical NHL game. Much slower than an international game; less skill; less speed; less fun for viewers.

8:25 p.m. Ooooh! Goal review!

8:26 p.m. On the board! 1-0 Canada. Iginla on the one-timer. Nice pass from Crosby.

8:26 p.m. And the youngster Doughty gets his first point.

8:31 p.m. 2-0 Canada. Pronger from the point. Uh, forget what I said earlier about Prong not being right for this team.

8:33 p.m. Whatever Babcock said in the dressing room between periods must have got through.

8:33 p.m. Should be 3-0. Mike Richards just missed an open net.

8:38 p.m. Luongo just made his first real stop of the night.

8:40 p.m. Information about Team Canada I didn’t need to know: Chris Pronger and Drew Doughty are roomies for the Games.

8:43 p.m. 3-0. Heckuva play by Mike Richards.

8:45 p.m. Much better period for Canada. Goals aside, they look far more alive and less tentative.

8:47 p.m. Norway’s Mats Zuccarello Aasen: best name in the tourney.

8: 49 p.m. They just played “My Sharona” in the arena. RIP, Doug Fieger.

8:54 p.m. Canadian team looks a bit tired. Wonder if the NHLers are feeling the effects after a few days off and just one practice.

8:56 p.m. Heatley takes a dumb penalty. That won’t fly — even against Norway.

8:58 p.m. End of second period. Canada 3 , Norway 0.
Boys looked much in the second 20, little bit tired in the last 5 minutes.
Babcock switched up the lines — subbed Iginla for Bergeron on the top line. You get the feeling this is still a work in progress.
Expect a quiet third period.

9:04 p.m. Boy, this is weak intermission stuff. One of the bad things (or perhaps the only bad thing) about the Ceeb not broadcasting the Olympics: no Don Cherry. Heck, I’d even take Satellite Hot Stove right now.

9:14 p.m. Crosby takes a bad penalty. He’s been playing with an edge all game. Went a bit over there.

9:16 p.m. As Jim Hughson would say: Great save Luongo!

9:19 p.m. 4-0. Getzlaf missed an open net, then picks up the rebound from a point shot.

9:20 p.m. Norway switches goalies. The extent of information known about goalie #2: According to Pierre McGuire, “he’s a big person.”

9:23 p.m. Real question now: Will Luongo get the shutout?

9:25 p.m. 5-0 Canada. Heatley with a bullet.

9:26 p.m. McGuire just described Canada’s play as a “full-frontal assault.” Earlier, he termed Canada’s strategy as “H-A-R-D HARD.” Hmm …

9:27 p.m. Well, that was pretty. Nash to Crosby to Iginla. 6-0 Canada.


 
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LIVE BLOG: Canada v. Norway, men’s hockey

  1. This game sucks. get rid of those bums Jumbo joe and the rest of the SJ chokers. Morrow or Pronger shouldn't be on the team either.

  2. Go Canada!!! :D

  3. An awesome game for Canada! It is better to start slowly and finish well, than to start well but to finish poorly!

  4. so, who is it gonna b,
    Malkin/Datsyuk/OVi/Kovi with Nabokov in net or
    Crosby/Iginila/Nash/Thornton with Luie or Brodeur in net?

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