Reaction to Canada’s tournament-opening win against Norway, plus an update on Alex Burrows.
NHL.COM: Shea Weber, Jamie Benn and Drew Doughty were the goal scorers while Carey Price made 19 saves as Canada defeated Norway 3-1 in their tournament-opening game.
TORONTO SUN: Steve Simmons believes Canada needs a better effort than what they gave against Norway if they’re to repeat as gold medalists.
SPORTSNET: Chris Johnston sees glimpses of potential for Canada in their game against Norway, particularly in how the Canadians controlled the play throughout most of the game.
CBC.CA: Tim Wharnsby reports the Canadians slow start shouldn’t be surprising, going back through their previous three Olympics. He believes it’s because many of the Canadian stars are adjusting to different roles and ice time.
THE GLOBE AND MAIL: Eric Duhatschek also noted the “predictable and widespread panic” that wafts through Canada when its men’s Olympic team doesn’t jump off to a strong start. He cites the Olympic size ice and the time needed for a team of players thrown together within 72 hours to gel.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I had to chuckle yesterday reading and hearing some of the reaction to Canada’s play against Norway. It wasn’t enough that Canada won, but that they didn’t win convincingly, even though Norway wasn’t a serious threat to stage an upset in that game. No, because Canada didn’t stomp the Norwegians by an lopsided score, some Canadian fans were worried, even questioning the players selected to the club. Folks, they not only won that game, they controlled it. Give the Norwegian goalie credit for playing well and the Norwegian team for a good effort. As Wharnsby and Duhatschek pointed out, Canada has a recent history of slow starts in Olympic round-robin play. Unless they lose to Austria and Finland in their next two games, there’s no reason to panic.
TSN.CA: Roberto Luongo gets the start today against Austria with Mike Smith as his backup. P.K. Subban will replace Dan Hamhuis and Matt Duchene will also be in the lineup today.
NBC SPORTS: Cam Tucker cites the Vancouver Sun’s Elliott Pap reporting Canucks winger Alex Burrows suffered a sprained hand during a scuffle with Phil Kessel in last Saturday’s Canucks-Maple Leafs game.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: This hasn’t been Burrows’ year. He suffered a broken foot earlier this season and a broken jaw in December.