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Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Canada-Norway: Second-period blog


A recap of the second period between Canada and Norway:

Scott Burnside: Well Pierre, you are a visionary, or something like that, as Canada continues to wear down the under-manned Norwegians, pouring three second-period goals past our hero Pal Grotnes. And it could have been five or six given the chances the Canadians had, as they clearly got a little more comfortable in the second period. The Norwegians had their chances with a lengthy 5-on-3, but the Canadians look like they'll coast through the final 20 minutes for their first victory of the 2010 Olympic Games.

Pierre LeBrun: For Canada, this is about developing some cohesion and the players immersing themselves in the system that coach Mike Babcock wants them to play. That won't come overnight, but it has to come fast enough. The shots are 30-10 through 40 minutes, including 16-6 in the second period. The more talented Canadians are getting more comfortable with each other. It's also interesting to see Babcock trying out both Jarome Iginla and Patrice Bergeron on the top line with Sidney Crsoby and Rick Nash.

Burnside: I have to say I like Iginla on that line a lot better than Bergeron. More tools, I think, and Iginla complements Crosby's style and Rick Nash better. Another interesting point has been the use of Chris Pronger and Drew Doughty at various times on the Canadian power play. I assumed Duncan Keith, one of the top scoring defensemen in the NHL, would have been invovled on the PP but he hasn't had a sniff yet. The Canadians have one power-play goal. Maybe Babcock should give Keith a look, no?

LeBrun: Scotty, I know you're only upset about Keith not seeing power-play time because you drafting him in our Olympic fantasy league. You mentioned Doughty -- the kid just keeps amazing me. He's not a seventh defenseman on this team. He drilled Per-Age Skroder with a thunderous hit, once again showing his multi-faceted game. Well, here comes the third as Canada is set to wrap up a victory.