Team Canada opened the 2014 Olympics with a 3-1 win over Norway in what proved to be a closer game than most fans expected. After opening Vancouver 2010 with a 8-0 drubbing of Norway, it looked like Canada would do the same again. Still, getting the win is what fans really care about and this game still offered many examples of why Canada is still the team to beat.

Shea Weber, Jamie Benn and Drew Doughty scored for Canada, but it was a rough first period that really is the story of this game. Norway led the shot totals 4-1 after the first 10 minutes and had multiple pucks slide just past Carey Price’s net. Canada picked up the play in the second half of the period, but turnovers and weak passes kept the two teams pretty close.

“What I learned tonight about the big ice is the ice isn’t very big,” Head Coach Mike Babcock.“And what I liked about tonight’s game for us: it was hard.”

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