The Associated Press SOCHI (AP)—Shea Weber and Jamie Benn scored in the second period Thursday to help defending Olympic champion Canada shake off a sluggish start and defeat Norway 3-1.
Patrick Thoresen redirected a shot in front of the net to pull the Norwegians within a goal on a power play 22 seconds into the third. Drew Doughty restored the two-goal lead 1:25 later in the period with a backhander.
“Kind of a bad first period, we knew we weren’t going to be perfect,” Doughty said. “But the most important thing is we got better as each period went on and that’s what we were looking for.”
Canada’s Carey Price made 19 saves in his Olympic debut, which included a giveaway that led to the only goal he allowed. “Other than that, he was solid,” coach Mike Babcock said.
For the second straight Olympics, the Canadians opened against Norway and entered the second period in a scoreless tie. But this time Canada didn’t go on to rout the overmatched team as it did last time with an 8-0 victory.
Ovechkin, Russia roll
Alex Ovechkin had a goal and an assist as the Russians beat Slovenia 5-2 in their opener.
Ovechkin scored 1:17 after the puck dropped with a wrist shot that made the crowd roar. The superstar made the home fans gasp in awe 2:37 later with a drop pass to set up Evgeni Malkin’s goal that gave Russia a 2-0 lead.
The Slovenians were respectable for two-plus periods in their first Olympic hockey game ever.
Ziga Jeglic had two goals in the second period—one before Evgeni Malkin scored and one after—to pull Slovenia within a score of a talented team.