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Alfredsson, Heatley score as men's hockey begins at Winter Olympics

Wednesday, 02.15.2006 / 12:00 AM ET / News
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Alfredsson, Heatley score as men\'s hockey begins at Winter Olympics
A view from the press box at Palasport Olympico in Turin, Italy, shortly after the puck was dropped between Team Canada and host Italy.

by Todd Anderson

Team Canada opened its defence of the Olympic gold medal in men's hockey with a 7-2 win over host Italy on Wednesday in Turin. Ottawa Senators forward Dany Heatley had a goal and an assist in the victory. Senators defenceman Wade Redden was held pointless.

Playing on a line with Tampa Bay Lightning forwards Vincent Lecavalier and Martin St-Louis, Heatley restored Canada's one-goal lead just 1:12 after Italy had tied the game at 1-1, 43 seconds into the second period. The Heatley goal was the result of a tic-tac-toe play involving all three linemates touching the puck. The left-winger's assist came midway through the second period when he started off another nice passing play resulting in a St-Louis goal. The linemates each enjoyed two-point games. Canada outshot Italy 50-20.

Canada started the game 30 hours after arriving in Turin, where they held a practice yesterday. Jet lag seemed to be evident early on, but Canada found their scoring touch in the second period when they tallied five goals.

Team Sweden also won by a 7-2 score, beating Kazakhstan. Senators' captain Daniel Alfredsson scored Sweden's second goal, midway through the first period on a power play.

The Czech Republic picked up a 4-1 decision over Germany. The game featured Ottawa Senators Dominik Hasek (Czech Republic) and Christoph Schubert (Germany). Hasek, who started the game in goal, left early in favour of Nashville Predators goaltender Tomas Vokoun.

In other action in Group A, Finland defeated Switzerland 5-0.

Group B play began with Slovakia facing off against Russia at 2 p.m. (ET).

Slovakia won the match 5-3 as Senators defenceman Zdeno Chara sported a +3 rating in the game. Chara along with Senators' rookie Andrej Meszaros both picked up an assist on former Senator Peter Bondra's game-tying goal midway through the second period.

Senators defenceman Anton Volchenkov, of Russia, was held pointless but he did finish +1.

Latvia and the United States faced off at 3 p.m. In an unexpected twist, the Latvians pulled out a 3-3 draw with the Americans.

Thursday's schedule:

Finland vs. Italy, 6 a.m. (Eastern time)
Czech Republic vs. Switzerland, 7 a.m. (ET)
Sweden vs. Russia, 10 a.m. (ET)
Slovakia vs. Latvia, 11 a.m. (ET)
Canada vs. Germany, 2 p.m. (ET)
USA vs. Kazakhstan, 3 p.m. (ET)

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

ATLANTIC DIVISION
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 214 184 110
2 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 259 206 108
3 x - DET 82 43 25 14 231 211 100
4 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 232 208 99
5 BOS 82 41 27 14 209 201 96
6 FLA 82 38 29 15 198 213 91
7 TOR 82 30 44 8 206 257 68
8 BUF 82 23 51 8 153 269 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Karlsson 82 21 45 7 66
M. Stone 80 26 38 21 64
K. Turris 82 24 40 5 64
B. Ryan 78 18 36 5 54
M. Hoffman 79 27 21 16 48
M. Zibanejad 80 20 26 0 46
C. MacArthur 62 16 20 -6 36
M. Michalek 66 13 21 3 34
D. Legwand 80 9 18 1 27
A. Chiasson 76 11 15 -5 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Anderson 14 13 8 .923 2.49
R. Lehner 9 12 3 .905 3.02