Ice Hockey: Canada crushes Norway 8-0 in opener

Vancouver – Dany Heatley and Jarome Iginla scored two goals each as Canada beat Norway 8-0 in their opening game of the men’s Olympic hockey tournament on Tuesday.

Roberto Luongo recorded a shutout stopping all 15 shots he faced for Canada who have now won their opening game in (18) of (19) of Olympic tournaments.

After a scoreless first period, second seeded Canada scored two goals just two minutes apart early in the second period.

Iginla got things started with the first goal of the game two and a half minutes into the second on a slap shot from the high slot.

Heatley then deflected a Chris Pronger shot from the point past Norwegian goalie Pal Grotnes at 4:27 into the second to make it 2-0.

Iginla got his second in the third period by finishing off a nice two-on-one break with Rick Nash and Heatley fired a high slap shot to the top corner.

Iginla is one of four Canadians who played on the gold medal winning team in 2002 Salt Lake Olympics. The others are goalie Martin Brodeur, defenceman Scott Niedermayer and defenceman Pronger.

Canada continued its domination of Norway at the Olympic Games with Tuesday’s win. They have outscored Norway (37-3) in four matches, including a 10-0 thrashing at the 1992 Albertville Olympic Games.

Canada, with its roster full of NHL superstars, were the heavy favourites heading into the game against Norway, which has just one NHL player Ole Kristian Tollefsen. Most of the Norwegians have full-time jobs outside of hockey.

Canadian goaltender Luongo weathered a five-on-three halfway through the second period when Norway had some its best scoring opportunities.

Luongo was playing in front of his home fans as he is the goalie for the NHL’s Vancouver Canucks.

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