Canada's challenge: Finding chemistry

Updated: February 17, 2010, 2:08 AM ET
By Pierre LeBrun | ESPN.com

VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- The concern among the Team Canada ranks heading into these Olympic Games was that only one practice wasn't a whole lot of time to foster chemistry among some players who have never played a game together.

Luckily for Canada, it had a bonus practice in what also doubled as its Olympic opener Tuesday night, an 8-0 thrashing of hockey minnow Norway. The game won't impress anyone, but it nevertheless might prove quite useful.

The battle ...

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