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Women's Hockey: Canada Sets Olympic Record With 18-0 Victory

Hayley Wickenheiser starts her quest tonight to lead Team Canada to a gold medal.

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Canada Demolishes Slovakia 18-0, Asks "Who's Next?"

If I told you that a goaltender allowed 18 goals in one game yet still played an incredible game, would you believe me?

Slovakian goaltender Zuzana Tomcikova was under fire all game long, facing 67 shots in just three periods of play as Team Canada set an Olympic record with a dominating 18-0 victory. Tomcikova was pretty much the only player on the Slovakian team with any sort of competition in her veins against the Canadians, as the game was even more one-sided than the score would suggest.

Shot total: Canada 67, Slovakia 9.

Canada will take on Switzerland and Sweden to close out pool play, and should glide through each game with ease. The big test comes when they face off against the USA, who most think will compete with Canada for the gold medal.

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Sweden Dominates in 3-0 Victory Over Switzerland

If there is going to be one team this year that threatens either the USA or Canada for the gold medal in women’s hockey, many believe it could be Sweden. After the methodical way that the Swedes dispatched Switzerland on Saturday, they are certainly well on their way to competing for top honors.

Sweden outshot Switzerland 22-9, receiving goals from Rundqvist, Enstrom and Uden-Johansson while goaltender Kim Martin got the shutout. The Swiss struggled all game long sustaining any sort of pressure, while Sweden played a safe and patient game and took advantage of the opportunities they scored once in each period.

Sweden takes on Slovakia in the next game, Monday at 10 p.m. EST.

More: SB Nation's full coverage of the Winter Olympics and complete 2010 Winter Olympics Medal Count Tracker

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Sweden Leads Switzerland 2-0 Midway Through Second Period

Danijela Rundqvist scored for Sweden on a nifty give and go in the first, and Tina Enstrom just extended Sweden’s lead off another one timer off a pass from behind the net. The game had been a bit disjointed, without many prime scoring chances for each team, until Sweden open things up a bit with a spirited shift from their top line.

Both teams are playing it close defensively, and there have been few odd-man (woman?) rushes. One thing to keep in mind is that checking is illegal in women’s hockey, and with two European teams playing the physicality is even more toned down.

More: SB Nation's full coverage of the Winter Olympics and complete 2010 Winter Olympics Medal Count Tracker

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Women's Hockey: Canada And Sweden Looking For Big Start

Men's hockey won't get started until Tuesday, but the women are all set to go today with two big games kicking off tournament action. With just eight teams total in two pools, each game will is extremely not only to win but to win by the largest margin of victory possible.

Yet the expectation is for most games to be tightly contested, with the exception perhaps of the odd game against China.

Today, Teams Canada and Sweden look to get off to a big start as they start play this afternoon in Vancouver.

Sweden vs. Switzerland - 3:00 p.m. EST; CNBC

Canada vs Slovakia - 8:00 p.m. EST; CNBC

Just because it's women's hockey doesn't mean it's not exciting. Expect a rowdy crowd tonight backing up the Canadians as they take on Slovakia, in what should be an exciting night of Olympic hockey.

We'll have all the updates on today's games right here on SB Nation.

More: SB Nation's full coverage of the Winter Olympics and complete 2010 Winter Olympics Medal Count Tracker

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