It felt more important than a pre-tournament game for the World Cup of Hockey 2016, but that’s probably what should be expected when rivals meet.
In the end, after all the physical play, scrums and heavy checks were thrown, Team USA defeated Team Canada 4-2 at Nationwide Arena on Friday.
Joe Pavelski and Patrick Kane each scored and had an assist, and Jonathan Quick made 32 saves in two periods for Team USA.
“When the U.S. plays Canada, you’re going to get that type of game whether it’s an exhibition, preliminary game, semifinal or final; you’re going to find yourself in that situation in this rivalry,” Kane said.
The teams play again Saturday at Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa in another pre-tournament game. The World Cup starts 17 Sept. in Toronto.
Team Canada goalie Carey Price, playing for the first time since a season-ending right-knee injury sustained Nov. 25 while playing for the Montreal Canadiens, made 21 saves.
Zach Parise scored the first goal for Team USA, and Derek Stepan scored into an empty net. Ben Bishop made nine saves in third period, allowing a goal to Drew Doughty at 5:21 that made it 3-2.
Patrice Bergeron also scored for Team Canada.
Price didn’t have much work early; Team Canada had 12 of the first 13 shots through 12 minutes but could not score. The remainder of the period belonged to Team USA, which got a goal from Parise at 16:56 and one from Kane 65 seconds later to hold a 2-0 lead and an 18-15 edge in shots after the first.
“We give up a few chances right at the end of shifts, so we were trying to make some plays a little too pretty,” Team Canada forward Jonathan Toews said.
Quick, a two-time Stanley Cup winner for the Los Angeles Kings, twice stopped Sidney Crosby early in the game, and less than a minute before Team USA scored the first goal he stopped Tyler Seguin in the slot.
“I was happy the way Jonathan played in that situation,” Team USA coach John Tortorella said. “Then we found ourselves, then we dipped again.”
Bergeron made it 2-1 at 13:24 of the second period on a rebound from the slot. Pavelski scored at 15:54 off transition for a 3-1 lead.
NOTES: Kesler received a major for boarding and a game misconduct at 17:05 of the second period for a hit on Shea Weber…Scratches for Team USA were goalie Cory Schneider, defenceman Erik Johnson and forward James van Riemsdyk. Tortorella said they will play Saturday. Team Canada scratches were goalie Corey Crawford, defenceman Jay Bouwmeester and forward Corey Perry. Holtby and Crawford are expected to split time Saturday.
09:41 – 🇺🇸 PEN – Oshie, hooking
16:56 – 🇺🇸 GOAL – Parise (Suter, Stepan)
18:01 – 🇺🇸 GOAL – Kane (Pavelski)
18:39 – 🇨🇦 PEN – Weber, roughing
18:39 – 🇺🇸 PEN – Dubinsky, roughing
18:39 – 🇨🇦 PEN – Marchand, roughing
33:24 – 🇨🇦 GOAL – Bergeron (Crosby, Marchand)
35:54 – 🇺🇸 GOAL – Pavelski (Johnson, Kane)
37:05 – 🇺🇸 PEN – Kesler, boarding major + game misconduct
37:05 – 🇨🇦 PEN – Weber, roughing
37:05 – 🇨🇦 PEN – Toews, roughing
38:18 – 🇺🇸 PEN – Byfuglien, roughing
45:21 – 🇨🇦 GOAL – Doughty (Getzlaf, Muzzin)
45:40 – 🇨🇦 PEN – Muzzin, interference
58:39 – 🇺🇸 EN GOAL – Stepan
W: 🇺🇸 Quick (32-33), Bishop (9-10)
L: 🇨🇦 Price (21-24)
SHOTS ON GOAL
🇺🇸 17+6+2 = 25
🇨🇦 15+18+10 = 43
🇺🇸 Goaltenders: Ben Bishop, Jonathan Quick. Defence: Dustin Byfuglien, John Carlson, Jack Johnson, Ryan McDonagh, Matt Niskanen, Ryan Suter (A). Forwards: Justin Abdelkader, David Backes, Brandon Dubinsky, Patrick Kane (A), Ryan Kesler, T.J. Oshie, Max Pacioretty, Kyle Palmieri, Zach Parise, Joe Pavelski (C), Derek Stepan, Blake Wheeler.
🇨🇦 Goaltenders: Braden Holtby, Carey Price. Defence: Brent Burns, Drew Doughty, Jake Muzzin, Alex Pietrangelo, Marc-Édouard Vlasic, Shea Weber (A). Forwards: Patrice Bergeron, Logan Couture, Sidney Crosby (C), Matt Duchene, Ryan Getzlaf, Claude Giroux, Brad Marchand, Tyler Seguin, Steven Stamkos, John Tavares, Joe Thornton, Jonathan Toews (A).
|🇺🇸 UNITED STATES
||vs.||CANADA (C) 🇨🇦|
(previous 07 May 2012)
(since 22 May 2016)
(+ 3 ties)
|First IHLC Meeting (USA vs. CAN)
🇨🇦 CAN 2-0 USA 🇺🇸 – 25 Apr 1920 – OG – Antwerp 🇧🇪
|Previous IHLC Meeting (USA vs. CAN)
🇨🇦 CAN 5-1 USA 🇺🇸 – 06 May 2016 – WC – Saint Petersburg 🇷🇺
|Last IHLC Game
🇨🇦 CAN 2-0 FIN 🇫🇮 – 22 May 2016 – WC – Moscow 🇷🇺 🏅
|Next IHLC Game
🇨🇦 CAN 5-2 USA 🇺🇸 – 10 May 2016 – EX – Ottawa 🇨🇦