IHLC Results – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Canada 5-1 Italy ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น – 08 May 2010

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๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Canada 5-1 Italy ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น
World Championshipย Preliminary Round
SAP Arena, Mannheim ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช
Saturday, 08 May 2010

Matt Duchene and Steven Stamkos had a goal and assist each to lead Canada to a 5-1 win over Italy today at the SAP Arena in Mannheim. Elder statesman Ray Whitney, who celebrated his 38th birthday today, chipped in with two assists as well.

The opening game win at the World Championship in Germany gives them the first three points of play in the Group B standings.

“I was pretty happy with how things went with our line,” Duchene said of the combination he played on with Whitney and John Tavares. “We connected right away. Razor (Ray Whitney) had a great game. We created some stuff. As a team, we started a bit slow. Big ice hockey is pretty different from back home.”

Canada opened the scoring just 2:43 into the game as Stamkos tried a wraparound. Goalie Adam Russo made the save but Corey Perry pushed home the rebound from in close.

Soon enough, though, Canada was on its heels thanks to a pair of penalties that saw the Azzurri gain a lengthy 5-on-3. They thought they had scored at one point, but video review showed the puck hadnโ€™t crossed the goal line. After one Canadian player came back on the ice, Italy took a penalty to nullify the advantage.

Nevertheless, the Italians tied the game at 12:44 on a great one-timer from the point by Michele Strazzabosco. Canadian goalie Chris Mason was a little slow to get over on the cross-ice pass.

Mason made up for it a little while later when he made a fine save off Nicola Fontanive on a partial breakaway while short-handed. Mason cut off the angle nicely and left the Italian with little room.

The Italians skated hard and had some good rushes, but Canada got the final goal of the period on a late power play. Ray Whitney came down the right side, faked a shot to freeze Russo, and slid a lovely pass to Kris Russell to the back side of the goal.

Duchene made it a 3-1 game at 5:57 of the second when he took a nice little pass again from Whitney inside the Italian blue line and ripped a shot to the short side, surprising Russo.

“Ray’s a guy who likes to slow things down a bit, and I like to speed them up,” Duchene noted. “He slows things down, pulls the other team to him, and then dishes to me. That’s what happened on my goal. He’s more of an east-west guy and I’m more of a north-south.”

Canada made it 4-1 on a delayed penalty, Duchene in the thick of it again. He got to a loose puck behind the Italian goal and made a nice pass to Steven Stamkos right at the blue ice. Stamkos just redirected the puck past Russo.

The Italians could take some measure of satisfaction from the period as they killed off a 4-minute minor to Strazzabosco combined with a single minor to Fontanive which gave Canada a full two minutes with a 5-on-3. Despite several one-timers from Stamkos, Canada could not extend its lead.

Canada played a solid but unspectacular third period, and the Italians were outmatched and unable to mount any sort of rally. Rene Bourque rounded out the scoring with a late goal, his quick snap shot flying past a screened Daniel Bellissimo, who started the period in relief of Russo.

Despite the goal, Bellissimo might have earned a start in the next game for his fine period.

“Overall, we did some things well, Stamkos said. “It’s a good win for us. We’ll take it, but we have things to improve on: making smarter plays with the puck, getting pucks in, going in on the forecheck instead of making those pretty plays. It’s difficult when you’re playing with some great players. You want to make some good plays. But at the end of the day, when we scored, it was getting pucks to the net, getting traffic in front, getting some dirty goals. Once we realized that, we scored some goals.”

Canada next plays on Monday night against Latvia while earlier that day Italy and Switzerland square off.


BOXSCORE
1st Period
02:43 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย GOAL – Perry (Stamkos, Bourque)

06:45 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย PEN – Myers, tripping
08:16 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย PEN – Kane, delay of game
09:34 – ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡นย PEN – team, too many players
12:44 – ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡นย GOAL – Strazzabosco (Plastino, Souza)
15:22 – ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡นย PEN – Johnson, hooking
17:38 – ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡นย PEN – Borgatello, interference
19:12 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย PP GOAL – Russell (Whitney)

2nd Period
25:57 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย GOAL – Duchene (Whitney, Burns)
30:37 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย GOAL – Stamkos (Duchene, Cumiskey)
31:39 – ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡นย PEN – Strazzabosco, high sticking double minor
33:11 – ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡นย PEN – Fontanive, hooking
35:31 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย PEN – team, too many players

3rd Period
40;34 – ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡นย PEN – Giordano, boarding
48:38 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย PEN – Downie, roughing double minor
48:38 – ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡นย PEN – Iannone, roughing double minor
48:38 – ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡นย PEN – Ansoldi, slashing
57:19 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย GOAL – Bourque (Myers)

GOALTENDERS
W: ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย Mason (23-24)
L: ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡นย Russo (27-31), Bellissimo (13-14)

SHOTS ON GOAL
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ 16+15+14 = 45
๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น 8+7+9 = 24

ROSTERS
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Goaltenders: Chad Johnson, Chris Mason. Defence: Franรงois Beauchemin (A), Brent Burns,ย Kyle Cumiskey, Michael Del Zotto, Markย Giordano, Tyler Myers, Kris Russell, Marc Staal. Forwards: Rene Bourque, Steve Downie, Matt Duchene, Evander Kane, Brooks Laich, Steveย Ott, Corey Perry (A), Rich Peverley, Ryan Smyth (C), Steven Stamkos, John Tavares, Ray Whitney.
๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น Goaltenders: Daniel Bellissimo, Adam Russo. Defence: Christian Borgatello (A), Matthew DeMarchi, Armin Helfer, Armin Hofer, Trevor Johnson, Nicholas Plastino, Michele Strazzabosco (A). Forwards: Luca Ansoldi, Manuel De Toni, Nicola Fontanive, Patrick Iannone, Stefano Margoni, Max Oberrauch, John Parco, Jonathan Pittis, Roland Ramoser (C), Giulio Scandella, Michael Souza, Stefan Zisser.

๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ CANADA (C) vs. ITALY ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น
current champion
(since 26 Feb 2010
)
Last Title
none
273 All-Time Wins
0
6 wins Head-To-Head
0 wins
First IHLC Meeting (CAN vs. ITA)
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ CAN 9-0 ITA ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น โ€“ 23 Jan 1935 โ€“ WC โ€“ Davos ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ
Previous IHLC Meeting (CAN vs. ITA)
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย CAN 5-0 ITA ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น โ€“ 29 Apr 2002 โ€“ WC โ€“ Karlstad ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช
Last IHLC Game
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย CAN 4-1 GER ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช โ€“ 04 May 2010 โ€“ EX โ€“ Hamburg ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช
Next IHLC Game
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย CAN 6-1 LAT ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ป โ€“ 10 May 2010 โ€“ WC โ€“ Mannheim ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช

Article Credit: IIHF
Photo Credit: Hockey Canadaย –ย IIHFHHOFIOC

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