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article imageDefending champ Canada opens with win

By AFP     Feb 13, 2014 in World

Shea Weber and Jamie Benn scored second period goals as Canada got its gold medal defence off to a flying start by beating Norway 3-1 in the Sochi Olympic men's hockey tournament.

After a slow start in the first period, the defending Olympic champs got rolling in the second when Weber scored on a blast from the point with just over six minutes gone.

Benn made it 2-0 on a shot from the left side nine minutes later for Canada, who are seeking to win their first Olympic gold outside of North America in 62 years, since 1952 in Oslo.

For a while Thursday it looked like Canada was still suffering from jet lag after the long flight from North America as they failed to generate many scoring chances and only outshot Norway 9-8 in the first period.

Canada's biggest question mark coming into the tournament was their goaltending and starter Carey Price did little to lessen those concerns.

A Price mistake led to the Norway goal early in the third period. Price tried to play the puck behind his net but lost it to former Philadelphia Flyers forward Patrick Thoresen who skated out to the front and scored.

Canada outshot Norway 38-20 overall but the game was much closer than the last time the two teams met in the Olympics in Vancouver in 2010 when Canada cruised to an 8-0 win.

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