The United States, riding a two goal performance from captain Jack Johnson, defeated Canada 5-4 in overtime to capture the International Hockey Lineal Championship at the World Championships in Helsinki.
The U.S. opened the scoring early, with a Jim Slater low wrister wiring past Canadian goalie Cam Ward just 70 seconds into the game. Despite being outshot 13-7 in the first by the U.S., Canada managed to tie on a John Tavares goal five minutes later to make things 1-1 after the first period. Jeff Skinner gave Canada their first lead on a beautiful drop pass from John Tavares, with his wrist shot zipping past U.S. keeper Jimmy Howard to go ahead 2-1. But Johnson would strike on the power play six minutes later, ripping a beautiful shot, on one knee no less, from the top of the circle past Ward to even things at 2-2 after forty minutes.
Team USA regained the lead on a Patrick Dwyer shorthanded wraparound goal that fooled Ward for the 3-2 lead. But again, Canada struck back, this time within three minutes on an Evander Kane wrister from the top of the slot that bounced off Howard’s glove and in. The U.S. got the fourth lead of the game on a Nate Thompson rebound, that barely squirted through Ward’s legs and in, putting the U.S. ahead 4-3 with 3:41 remaining. But, as was becoming the theme, Canada struck back again, not even needing an extra attacker for Duncan Keith to blast a drifting puck past Howard with 1:39 remaining to send the game to overtime.
Capitalizing on an end-of-period penalty to John Tavares for a delay of game, Johnson ensured the lead was permanent just 1:47 into overtime, snapping a laser-accurate wrist shot from the point that beat Ward on a screen for the victory, where Canada did not garner a single shot on goal. Howard stopped 30 of 34 shots, while Ward stopped an astounding 41 of 46.
With the win, the U.S. captures their 28th International Hockey Lineal Championship from cross-border rivals Canada, who entered the tournament as IHLC holders and defeated Slovakia in the tournament opener. In the 48th meeting between Canada and the U.S. over the IHLC, this was the first meeting between the two since last year’s World Championships, where Canada retained the IHLC in a 4-3 shootout win. The U.S. next faces Slovakia, who will get their second attempt in the Preliminary Round to win the IHLC.
01:10 – GOAL – Slater (Lasch)
06:38 – GOAL – Tavares (Keith)
09:43 – PEN – Braun, tripping
19:57 – PEN – Tavares, tripping
24:10 – PEN – Phaneuf, slashing
27:34 – GOAL – Skinner (Tavares, Bouwmeester)
32:42 – PEN – Ladd, tripping
33:54 – PP GOAL – Johnson (Pacioretty, Ryan)
39:05 – PEN – Slater, slashing
45:06 – PEN – Faulk, slashing
46:43 – SH GOAL – Dwyer
49:51 – GOAL – Kane
56:19 – GOAL – Thompson (Crabb, Dwyer)
58:21 – GOAL – Keith
59:59 – PEN – Tavares, delay of game
61:47 – PP GOAL – Johnson
W: Howard (30-34)
L: Ward (41-46)
SHOTS ON GOAL
13+19+10+4 = 46
7+12+15+0 = 34
Goaltenders: Richard Bachman, Jimmy Howard. Defence: Justin Braun, Chris Butler, Justin Faulk, Cam Fowler, Alex Goligoski, Jack Johnson (C), Jeff Petry. Forwards: Justin Abdelkader, Cam Atkinson, J.T. Brown, Joey Crabb, Patrick Dwyer, Ryan Lasch, Kyle Okposo, Max Pacioretty, Kyle Palmieri, Bobby Ryan, Jim Slater (A), Paul Stastny, Nate Thompson (A).
Goaltenders: Devan Dubnyk, Cam Ward. Defence: Jay Bouwmeester, Duncan Keith, Marc Methot, Ryan Murray, Dion Phaneuf (A), Luke Schenn, Marc-Édouard Vlasic. Forwards: Jamie Benn, Jordan Eberle, Ryan Getzlaf (C), Evander Kane, Andrew Ladd, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Ryan O’Reilly, Corey Perry, Teddy Purcell, Patrick Sharp (A), Jeff Skinner, John Tavares.