The Canadian men won their first game of the tournament, quite handily I might add, 8-0 over Norway.

I arrived at Canada Hockey Place moments after Jarome Iginla scored the first Canadian goal at the 2010 Games. To say the arena was loud would be an understatement. In fact, the volume at CHP could only be topped by the Sabres 2001 OT win over Pittsburgh and the 2007 2OT loss to Ottawa on my list of games attended.

Not to be outdone, the USA men also won their first game of the tournament. While the USA and Switzerland had the most competitive game of the day, it was also the most even match-up on the men’s side. Additionally, the US men showed their dominance of the Swiss early and often, although the results did not show on the scoreboard. While they didn’t record a point today, the line of Paul Statsny, Patrick Kane and Zach Parise may be one of the best in the tournament.

Perhaps the best line here in Vancouver is Sidney Crosby centering Rick Nash and Jarome Iginla. Nash, for the most part, is along for the ride with the other two superstars. However, he was part of a beautiful passing play that resulted in Iginla’s second goal of the game.

Iginla would finish with a hat trick in the rout.

The nightcap was nothing out of the ordinary as Russia had their way with Latvia. The most electric part of this game came early in the third period when both teams erupted for three goals in the first 1:30 and five in the opening 3:33 of the period. Otherwise, it was a dull blowout that saw Russia prevail 8-2.

The Canadian fans almost outdid themselves with their ovation for their men’s team this evening. CHP was deafening and the streets in and around the arena were electric for hours after. Even after the Russia game ended at 11pm local time the Canadian fans were still celebrating.

The best of the men’s games tomorrow will come at midnight EST when the Czech Republic plays Slovakia. This game should provide a better spark than most of the round robin games. Canada vs. USA will likely be the only game to top this one.

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