Here are some additional post-game comments from Tuesday’s action at the IIHF world championship, additional to what will appear in the printed edition of Metro Halifax.
Canada beat the United States 5-4 on a last-minute goal by Dany Heatley.
*** Canadian forward Shane Doan, on the play of goalie Cam Ward: “Ward-o played great for us. They had some really good opportunities. He played phenomenal for us. It was an ugly one, but we found a way to win.”
*** Doan, on the play of the U.S. squad, which trailed 3-0 and 4-2: “We thought we kind of had it sealed (at 4-2) but give them credit.”
*** Doan, on what Canada’s poor play taught the players: “It points out things we did wrong. We were a little sloppy, just with taking care of the puck, with too many turnovers, and we've gotta stay out of the penalty box.”
*** Doan, on the play of Heatley: “Heater's a phenomenal player. That whole line is just incredible. That whole play (on the winner) starts with Getz going to the net. It’s hard to ask your No. 1 centre to go to the net, but if he doesn’t drive the net, Heater's not open behind him. That's what makes them good.”
*** Doan, on what Canada has to do going forward: “Nothing's going to come easy and we have to make sure we gut it out. When we gut it out we’re a pretty good team, but we've got to be a little (better) on our execution.”
*** Doan, on how the team decided who wore which jerseys as a tribute to the 1976 Canada Cup-winning team: “There were specific guys who wanted certain jerseys, but what, are you going to pick out of those guys? One out of 23, I don't think there's a bad choice. Any jersey you got, it would have a great name.”
*** Ward, on playing before a sold-out Metro Centre crowd: “It was a great atmosphere. It's always exciting to play in front of a sold-out building with the home crowd on your side. It showed how loud it can get in here.”
*** Heatley, on his ridiculous hot streak: “Well what are you going to do? Sometimes they go in, sometimes they don't. I've always felt that way. You go through stretches when they go in, you go through stretches when you don't. I had 10 days off after the season and I got rested, and I feel good.”
*** Heatley, on his selection of Bobby Hull’s sweater for the warm-up: “(I had) fifth or sixth pick so I jumped on that one. He's a big-time goal-scorer.”
*** Canadian head coach Ken Hitchcock, with his take on the game: “It was a high-level playoff game. It was as good a game as I've been involved with in a while. The American team played outstanding and had us on our heels early in periods. We had some great individual play but moving forward this is a huge wake-up call for our team and the level we have to play at to have success. There's a whole other level.”
*** Hitchcock on what he learned about his team: “When the game is this rich and the sense of desperation is on the ice, you learn a lot about individuals, you learn a lot about who can keep up to the pace, the look in the player's eye, the sense of intensity. The richness of the game the sense of desperation, gave us a sense of what players are capable of and the guys we need to coach in the next 10 days.”
*** Hitchcock singled out goalie Cam Ward, defenceman Brent Burns and forwards Jonathan Toews, Chris Kunitz and Shane Doan for their strong play.
*** Hitchcock, on the key for his team: “We have some improving to do. We need more people to get up to speed to get to another level.”
*** U.S. head coach John Tortorella, and his take: “We had a blast. We came out on the wrong end there, but it was nice to get into some intensity, no disrespect to the prior two games.”