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Williams, Ward Power Canada Past Norway

by Paul Branecky / Carolina Hurricanes
Cam Ward earned a victory in his World Championship debut and Justin Williams scored in the third period to help Canada overcome a resilient Norway squad 4-2 on Monday.


After backing up the Edmonton Oilers' Dwayne Roloson in Canada's opener, a 3-2 win over Germany on Saturday in which Roloson allowed a goal from center ice, Ward got the start in this one, making 21 saves in a game that was evenly played through the first two periods.

Canada's sluggish start to the tournament continued when Knut Spets scored to give Norway a 1-0 lead midway through the first period.  Heading into the third intermission, the score was tied 2-2, with Canada only out-shooting their opponents by a 23-21 margin.

That meant that Ward had to be sharp to keep his country in the game and provide an answer to his Norwegian counterpart, Pal Grotnes, who, aside from his neon-green stick and the polar bear on his mask, looked every bit the quality of goaltender that Canada's offensive stars are used to playing against in the NHL.

Canada finally wore down the Norwegians in the third period, beginning with Captain Shane Doan's goal only 22 seconds in and continuing throughout the next 20 minutes in which they out-shot Norway 13-2.

Williams picked up the insurance goal on the power play with about 10 minutes remaining in the game.  He first drew a hooking penalty on Norway's Tommy Jakobsen before capitilazing on it moments later by firing a wrist shot through traffic and past Grotnes.  It was Canada's third power play goal of the night.

Canada almost needed that extra insurance later, when Norway got a few late scoring chances with Grotnes pulled for the extra attacker and Williams in the penalty box for a touchy tripping call.

Mike Commodore and Eric Staal, the other Hurricanes players on Team Canada's roster, each picked up two penalty minutes but were kept off the score sheet.  Canadian coach Andy Murray appears to have an interest in keeping the Carolina players intact, as those two were regularly on the ice together along with Williams.

Canada, which is now a hard-fought 2-0, next plays the also-perfect Slovakia on Wednesday.  Both teams are now assured of a spot in the next round of the tournament out of group C, with Germany and Norway playing to avoid a trip to the relegation round.
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