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Opening game nothing but thrill for Italians

Updated: February 15, 2006, 8:27 PM ET
By Scott Burnside | ESPN.com

TORINO, Italy -- If you believe that the soul of the Olympics is about more than winning and losing, that it's also about creating a treasure trove of memories even in the face of incredible odds, then Wednesday's Canada-Italy hockey game was for you.

Was the entirely predictable 7-2 Canadian victory a thing of beauty? Hardly.

For the Canadians, this first of five round-robin games was about starting the process in building toward what they hope will be a successful defense ...

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