Canada curlers thump Sweden

By TERRY JONES, QMI Agency

VANCOUVER - It was a game featuring two undefeated teams. But there was nothing to watch.

Canada's Kevin Martin scored a gift two on the first end en route to a 7-3 win over Niklas Edin of Sweden to take a 3-0 record into Thursday night's game against Thomas Dufour of France.

"On that first end, I'm not sure what happened, actually. Either it hit a really slow spot on the ice or it picked."

Get down 2-0 to Kevin Martin in the early going and you know there's a pretty good chance you'll be shaking hands early. At least the Swedes held that off until the ninth end.

"They're so good. They don't miss hardly anything," said Edin.

"It was just a solid game. Good numbers. Sweden didn't show us their best game today," said Canada's John Morris.

The Canadians shot only 84 per cent - down from a team average in the 90 per cent range to open the event. The Swedes were at 82 per cent.

"We were pretty fortunate to get that deuce at the start of the game. I missed at least two today. We can play better."

terry.jones@sunmedia.ca

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