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Canada 5, United States 4: Game Blog

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FIRST PERIOD

*** Canada gets into early penalty trouble with back-to-back minors to Brent Burns and Ryan Getzlaf in the first five minutes, but shuts down an American power play that went 7-for-13 in the first two games. It should be a momentum-builder for the Canadian players, but the U.S. is all over them at the moment.

*** Dustin Brown just tipped a U.S. shot off the post, as the Americans continue to swarm Canada.

*** Brent Burns puts Canada on the board at the 8:26 mark, getting a puck just inside the blue line and firing a shot through traffic that beats Tim Thomas cleanly. Since Canada was outplayed in the opening eight minutes, this is huge.

*** Canada’s second line of Martin St. Louis, Eric Staal and Jason Spezza is looking good in the early going. They’ve had a sluggish start to the tournament, and head coach Ken Hitchock said Monday he expects more out of the trio.

*** More penalty trouble for Canada, as Jason Chimera takes the team’s third minor in the opening 11 minutes. This is probably not an approach Hitchcock advised in his pre-game speech.

*** Cam Ward has answered the call for Canada, with six saves so far. Some of them have been tricky.

*** In general, Canada has been on its heels so far, despite a 1-0 lead. The power plays certainly haven’t helped.

*** U.S. forward Adam Burish got in alone on a breakaway with 5:25 to go in the frame, but Cam Ward answered with an outstanding glove save to bail his team out.

*** It’s a shooting gallery for the U.S. team right now. They’re dominating Canada and have a 12-3 edge in shots.

*** Amazingly, Canada grabs a 2-0 lead with 10.8 seconds left in the first period. On the team’s sixth shot, Ryan Getzlaf puts one into the goal area and Dany Heatley gets one past Tim Thomas. This has got to be tough on a young U.S. team.

*** Final shorts were 13-6 for the U.S.

SECOND PERIOD

*** Tim Thomas isn’t doing much for his team right now. He just let in another goal, Canada’s third on seven shots, 18 seconds into the second period. Jonathan Toews gets credit for it after getting a couple of whacks at a loose puck in the slot.

*** The U.S. answers back, finally, at the 52-second mark, as the second period has opened with a flurry of activity. Jason Pominville centred a puck in front to Zach Parise, who chipped one behind Cam Ward on Team USA’s 14th shot.

*** Canada’s poor play is finally catching up with them, as Patrick O’Sullivan just got in alone on a virtual 2-on-0. O’Sullivan, who has one of the best shots in the game, beat Cam Ward on a quick deke to his forehand blocker side.

*** Eric Staal is getting bumped from the top line by Derek Roy, who may be better suited to the left-wing spot.

*** Staal and Roy are trading shifts.

*** Cam Ward just made a miraculous diving save with his arm, on his back, to keep Jason Pominville from scoring.

*** Canada has been playing better since the two U.S. goals, but they’re still leaving Ward out to dry at times.

*** Hitchcock is also trying Staal down the middle with Roy on the left and St. Louis on the right.

*** Somebody finally stopped Dany Heatley. In the final minute of the period, Canada’s big line generated a chance for Heatley all alone in front, and Tim Thomas answered the call.

*** Shots are 21-17 for the U.S. side after 40 minutes.

THIRD PERIOD

*** Tim Thomas has left the American net with an injury, and has been replaced by Florida Panther stopper Craig Anderson.

*** Tim Gleason takes a penalty 87 seconds into the third period and gives Canada a chance to get some breathing room.

*** Defenceman Duncan Keith wired one off the post on Canada’s best chance on the Gleason power play.

*** Derek Roy, in hockey terms, is a nomad. He’s anything from a top-line forward to a spare part, and just scored a goal on Canad’s checking line. He took a feed in front from Shane Doan in the corner at 3:29 and beat Craig Anderson easily.

*** Team USA gets back in it on a Jonathan Toews penalty. Dustin Brown scores at 5:18, getting a feed from behind the net from Zach Parise and making no mistake.

*** Moments after the goal, Dany Heatley is whistled for roughing, and Canada pays for it. Montreal native Jason Pominville hammers home a one-timer from the bottom of the faceoff circle after a slick pass from Pat Kane.

*** The crowd is silent at the moment, but the U.S. deserves to be tied in this game, at least. They’re outshooting Canada 27-20 and Canada has not played a good game at all.

*** Patrick Sharp just collided with his Blackhawks teammate James Wisniewski, leaving Wisniewski in a heap on the ice before being helped off by U.S. trainers.

*** With 8:51 to go, David Backes is whistled for a minor penalty, giving Canada a golden chance for the go-ahead goal.

*** Jason Chimera had an open-net chance for the probable winner with 4:56 to go, but fired it just over the cross-bar.

*** U.S. captain Jeff Halpern was injured along the boards with 2:30 left in the period and the game is delayed.

*** Dany Heatley is just playing out of his mind right now. He lifts the crowd to its feet with 46.8 seconds to go by rifling a bullet between the faceoff circles into the top corner. It was a nice pass from Rick Nash, but the diving finish was a thing of beauty. Heatley has six goals in three games.

*** Team USA calls a timeout.

*** A late push by the U.S. team on a power play with the goalie pulled is thwarted, in part due to the hard-working defensive efforts of captain Shane Doan and Rick Nash. Canada squeaks out a 5-4 win despite being outshot 32-29 and generally outplayed. Goalie Cam Ward is the team's player of the game.

 
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