Roberto Luongo gets the start in this one. The forward lines according to Bob McKenzie should be:
So NorweiganOiler is predicting the demise of the Canadian empire right here in this game. To be honest, I would love to see it. I always cheer for the underdog. Of course I’d love to see Canada win though, and I think they will, and I think they’ll win big. Any other Norweigan fans in the house, by the way? Would love to hear from some other fans around the globe.
Feel free to submit your predictions in the comments. I’d say if Canada fails to break double digits, it’ll be a great game played by the Norweigans.
|1ST PERIOD SCORING|
|2ND PERIOD SCORING|
|CAN – 2:30 – Iginla (PP) from Crosby, Doughty|
|Crosby feeds Iginla in the high slot, with Nash screening the goaltender. Iggy one times it into the net, mid-height, blocker side.|
|CAN – 4:27 – Heatley from Pronger, Thornton|
|Pronger blasts a shot from the point down low. Heatley is camped in front and tips it through the goaltender’s legs.|
|CAN – 11:06 – Richards from Bergeron, Weber|
|At the tail end of a penalty kill, Richards chases down a dump in, in the Norweigan zone. He manages to find himself alone and tries to jam it in short side by the post. The save is initially made, but the rebound is poked in by Richards.|
|3RD PERIOD SCORING|
|CAN – 4:29 – Getzlaf from Neidermayer, Toews|
|With a delayed penalty coming, and after hitting the bar moments earlier, Getzlaf gets a rebound out front with his back to Grotnes. He pivots and fires a backhand past the netminder.|
|CAN – 6:43 – Heatley (PP) from Marleau, Boyle|
|Marleau drops it for Heatley at the point. He unloadss a slapper that beats the goalie on the blocker side.|
|CAN – 7:36 – Iginla from Nash, Crosby|
|Beautiful goal. Iginla drops to Crosby and rushes to the net. Crosby puts it down load to Nash who makes an unbelievable cross crease pass to Iginla, who taps it in.|
|CAN – 11:03 – Perry from Staal, Boyle|
|Staal nearly scores on a nice deke move, but somehow the puck stays out as a Norweigan defender pokes it away from the goalline. However he doesn’t get it out far enough and Perry bangs the rebound in.|
|CAN – 18:11 – Iginla from Nash, Crosby|
|With a screen in front of the net, a shot from the point by Nash goes off Iginla’s stick, through his legs, and behind the goaltender. Hat trick Iginla.|
|SHOTS ON GOAL|
The Canadians came out a bit slow early on in the game. They got plenty of shots on net in the first period, however the chances weren’t too great in that period. That said, Grotnes (the Norweigan goaltender) played pretty fantastic in the first. In the 2nd period, after the 2nd goal was scored, you could feel the floodgates slowly opening. The Canadians unloaded on Team Norway. As Nick Kypreos said during the intermission, really the only worry the Canadians have against a team like Norway is that the goaltender would dominate. He held the fort pretty well for the first half of the game, but just couldn’t do it all on his own, and eventually the game really opened up.
The lines all looked really good together. The top line was stellar. Getzlaf also had some great individual efforts, and looks not to be suffering from the ankle injury.
Next game, Thursday, Feb 18 @ 5:30PM MST vs. the Swiss.