Thursday, May 15, 2008

Team Canada realizes that Norway is... well... Norway

They like their Norwegian wood

Granted, it took until about the mid-point of the game before someone on the Canadian bench had a revelation: "Hey, we're not playing the Russians... this is f'n NORWAY. They've got, like one city and a population of something like 32-thousand. Granted, Norwegian chicks are primo, but a hockey power thay ain't."

And with that, Team Canada woke up and decided to play some hockey, eventually running away with an 8-2 win in their quarter-final game.

Derek Roy scored two of his three goals in a span of 2:42 late in the second period to turn a close 3-2 game into a 5-2 runaway to help Canada to an 8-2 quarterfinal victory over Norway on Wednesday and set up a semi-final date with Sweden at the 2008 IIHF World Championship.

The Canadians and pesky Norwegians were knotted at 2-2 when the defending world champions sealed their seventh straight win on home soil by scoring three unanswered goals in the second period.

Johathan Toews put a quick wrist shot past goalie Pal Grotnes at 9:57 of the second, beating him high to the glove hand while Canada was on the power play.

Roy made it 4-2 at 14:08 on another power play, beating Grotnes from close in, and the Buffalo Sabres forward capped a great effort at 16:50 with another close-in shot that beat Grotnes, who again was Norway's best player. Grotnes caught Canada's attention six days earlier in a 2-1 loss to the home side, a game in which he made 50 saves.

Roy completed the hat trick at 11:40 of the third period, swinging around in front of the net and tucking a wrist shot under the crossbar for his fifth goal of the tournament.

Dany Heatley scored his 10th goal in seven game 37 seconds after the game’s opening face-off, giving Canadian fans visions of a runaway victory, much like the 10-1 win over Germany on Saturday.

But the Norwegians play a gritty style of hockey, and gave the Canadians all they could handle for the first half of the game, pulling even at 2-2 on a Mathis Olimb goal 5:32 into the second period.
But the Canadians kept coming in waves and wore down their opponents, controlling the play for much, if not all, of the second half of the game. Rick Nash, with a pair of goals, and Ryan Getzlaf also scored for the Canadians, who now head to Quebec City for Friday's semi-final against the Swedes, who beat the Czech Republic 3-2 in overtime.

The Getzlaf-Nash-Heatley line combined for seven points and now has 39 points in seven games.Cam Ward made 22 saves in goal for Canada. The Canadians take a 16-game winning streak into Friday’s game and are looking to become the first host country to win gold on home soil since the Soviet Union in 1986.
As far as the Canadien content in yesterday's action, TurtlePlek had an assist for the Czech Republic in their 3-2 loss to Sweden.

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