*** Dany Heatley opens the scoring just 37 seconds in, beating Norwegian goalie Pal Grotnes along the ice on Canada’s first shot. Canada wanted to strike early to pull Norway out of its defensive shell, so it’s mission accomplished.
*** There are rumblings that Grotnes isn’t the strongest goalie mentally, so it will be interesting to see how he responds the rest of the way.
*** Heatley has a tournament-best 10 goals, putting him one shy of Eric Lindros’s 15-year-old Canadian record. It’s been an impressive run.
*** Norway has responded well after the early goal, and back-to-back minors to Brent Burns and Shane Doan have it on a 1:41 5-on-3.
*** Norway’s Morten Ask scored on a one-timer on the 5-on-3 after Norway patiently broke down Canada’s triangle. This club is not going away quietly after an early goal made it look like Canada would win in a rout.
*** It’s Canada’s turn to go on a 5-on-3, and it’ll be an 85-second advantage.
*** Martin St. Louis just rang one off the iron.
*** Mike Green rings one off the iron a little bit later.
*** Finally, Ryan Getzlaf buries one into the top corner from the slot on a rebound at 11:02. It’s a 5-on-3 goal for Canada, giving it a 2-1 lead.
*** Canada did a great job to close out the period with a 2-1 lead, as Norway had some power-play time toward the end, including a brief 5-on-3.
*** Sam Gagner didn’t see a shift in the first period.
*** Those pesky Norwegians are at it again. After some strong board-work, Norway works the puck to Mathis Olimb, who rips an absolute rocket of a shot over the catching glove of Ward, who has faced just 10 shots. It’s 2-2.
*** Moments after the goal, Norway got a 3-on-1, but it didn’t amount to much.
*** Canada’s got a big chance for the go-ahead goal, with a 55-second power play.
*** Norway has a spectacular penalty kill, including almost a minute’s worth of a 5-on-3, but Jonathan Toews steps up and fires a wrister past Grotnes to make it 3-2 with 10:03 to go. It’s a tough break for Norway.
*** Canada follows up the goal with a series of hits from their fourth line of Jason Chimera, Patrick Sharp and Jamal Mayers.
*** Derek Roy may have put this game away with 5:52 left in the second. He curled off the boards to the bottom of the faceoff circle and ripped one through traffic past Grotnes to put Canada up 4-2. Norway will have to open up.
*** Norway’s Mats Froshaug had a wide-open net with about 4:30 to go, but couldn’t get a shot off in time to beat Cam Ward, who recovered for the save.
*** Norway is playing well, but just well enough to hang on at this point.
*** Derek Roy nets his second goal in three minutes with 3:10 to go. He again scoots into the faceoff circle and rips one past Grotnes’s blocker.
*** Mads Hansen gets a power-play breakaway with 1:50 to go, but is hauled down, then pile driven into the ice by Brent Burns for unknown reasons. There’s no penalty shot on the play, and perhaps there should have been, but Burns is whistled for a minor penalty and it will be a 5-on-3 for Norway for 62 seconds.
*** Anders Myrvold takes a penalty early in the third period, and Rick Nash puts one past Pal Grotnes on a beautiful feed from Dany Heatley at 4:10.
*** Cam Ward makes perhaps his best save of the game on Per-Age Skroder just after Nash’s goal. Skroder was all alone in front.
*** Rick Nash fires one from the top of the faceoff circle and scores, even though he is barely paying attention as it goes in the net with 9:16 to go.
*** Derek Roy scores a hat trick goal with 8:20 to go. It’s a similar goal to the others he scored, a bullet from low in the faceoff circle. So inspired is one fan that a hat is thrown on the ice, a rarity at a hockey game in Halifax.
*** Sam Gagner is finally getting some time in the third period, and he had a chance at an open net and fired it wide. He gets the gears from his teammates on the bench afterward.
*** Canada wins 8-2, turning a nail-biter into a blowout halfway through.
*** Farewell, Canada. The boys in the red and white put on a show in their seven-game stint in Halifax, and look good heading to Quebec City for the semifinals and possible gold-medal game. It’s going to take a good team to knock Canada off.
Canada 8, Norway 2: Game Blog