John Tavares scored twice, and Corey Perry, Drew Doughty and Steven Stamkos each had two assists for Team Canada in a 5-2 win against Team USA in a World Cup of Hockey 2016 pretournament game at Canadian Tire Centre on Saturday.
Logan Couture, Jay Bouwmeester and Matt Duchene scored to give Team Canada a split of back-to-back games. Team USA won 4-2 in Columbus on Friday.
Goaltenders Braden Holtby and Corey Crawford split the game for Team Canada. Holtby faced 13 shots and gave up two goals, and Crawford made 10 saves, including a spectacular glove save on Team USA forward James van Riemsdyk.
Team Canada captain Sidney Crosby was a healthy scratch. Perry took his place.
Ryan McDonagh and John Carlson scored for Team USA. Goaltender Cory Schneider played the first two periods and gave up four goals on 24 shots. Ben Bishop played the third period and surrendered one goal on 14 shots.
Duchene scored at 12:11 of the second period to put Team Canada ahead 4-2.
Carlson scored 38 seconds into the second period on a 5-on-3 power play when he took a pass from forward Patrick Kane and one-timed a shot by Holtby.
Team Canada led 3-1 after a penalty-filled first period. It scored power-play goals by Couture and Tavares.
Team Canada coach Mike Babcock said he thought his team was guilty of overpassing the puck before the power play started to click.
“I mentioned that a couple of times,” Babcock said. “That’s what happens every time. When you get to this level, you’re trying to give it to your teammate instead of just shooting it and getting to the net. That’s how you score, shooting it and getting to the net and finding seconds.
“These are skilled players and they’re used to scoring and they want their touches. When they score a little bit, they start to relax and make better plays and see things better. When you don’t score, you press. At every level you play at, you’ve got to find your confidence. I think that was a positive thing for us tonight.”
Bouwmeester gave Team Canada a 3-0 lead when he took a sharp pass from behind the net from Ryan Getzlaf and scored with a wrist shot at 15:38.
McDonagh scored at 16:35 to make it 3-1 on a shot that looked like it deflected off Team Canada defenceman Brent Burns, who was jostling with van Riemsdyk and Team USA forward Blake Wheeler in front of Holtby.
Tavares scored his second goal on the power play at 8:01 of the third period when he put a loose puck into the open side of the net to Bishop’s left.
The tournament begins Sept. 17 in Toronto.
NOTES: Team USA forward Max Pacioretty started the pretournament games on the top line with Joe Pavelski and Patrick Kane but was on the fourth line in the third period Saturday. Pacioretty played 10:05, the second fewest minutes on Team USA.
IHLC: With the win, Canada wins back the International Hockey Championship they lost the night before to Team USA, marking their 62nd reign with the title. The game is the 52nd time that Canada and the U.S. have faced off in their historic rivalry over the IHLC, now putting Canada’s record at 39-10-3. Like in the lead-up to the 2004 World Cup, this pattern follows suit, as the U.S. then won the first of a double-header in Columbus before dropping the title to Canada in Ottawa, which sees its first IHLC game since. Canada will now head south to Pittsburgh to face Russia in their final tuneup before the World Cup begins September 17 in Toronto, where they hope to defend the IHLC at home.
06:16 – PEN – Palmieri, roughing
09:19 – PEN – Suter, elbowing
11:14 – PP GOAL – Couture (Thornton, Perry)
11:38 – PEN – Parise, tripping
12:07 – PEN – Thornton, interference
12:45 – PEN – Stepan, interference
13:25 – PP GOAL – Tavares (Stamkos, Doughty)
15:38 – GOAL – Bouwmeester (Getzlaf, Perry)
16:35 – GOAL – McDonagh (Stepan)
17:34 – PEN – Bouwmeester, interference
18:54 – PEN – team, too many players on the ice
20:00 – PEN – Doughty, interference
20:38 – PP GOAL – Carlson (Kane)
21:28 – PEN – Palmieri, interference
25:03 – PEN – Tavares, holding
25:03 – PEN – Pavelski, roughing
32:11 – GOAL – Duchene (Seguin, Doughty)
39:06 – PEN – Palmieri, high sticking
40:00 – PEN – Perry, roughing / charging double minor
40:00 – PEN – Abdelkader, roughing
46:42 – PEN – van Riemsdyk, delay of game
48:01 – PP GOAL – Tavares (Stamkos, Toews)
48:59 – PEN – Marchand, roughing double minor
48:59 – PEN – Oshie, roughing
51:48 – PEN – team, too many players
60:00 – PEN – Vlasic, roughing / slashing double minor
60:00 – PEN – Abdelkader, roughing double minor
60:00 – PEN – Weber, unsportsmanlike conduct
60:00 – PEN – Oshie, unsportsmanlike conduct
W: Holtby (11-13), Crawford (10-10)
L: Schneider (20-24), Bishop (13-14)
SHOTS ON GOAL
16+8+14 = 38
10+7+6 = 23
Goaltenders: Corey Crawford, Braden Holtby. Defence: Jay Bouwmeester, Brent Burns, Drew Doughty, Alex Pietrangelo, Marc-Édouard Vlasic, Shea Weber (A). Forwards: Patrice Bergeron, Logan Couture, Matt Duchene, Ryan Getzlaf (A), Claude Giroux, Brad Marchand, Corey Perry, Tyler Seguin, Steven Stamkos, John Tavares, Joe Thornton, Jonathan Toews (A).
Goaltenders: Ben Bishop, Cory Schneider. Defence: Dustin Byfuglien, John Carlson, Erik Johnson, Jack Johnson, Ryan McDonagh, Ryan Suter (A). Forwards: Justin Abdelkader, Brandon Dubinsky, Patrick Kane (A), Ryan Kesler, T.J. Oshie, Max Pacioretty, Kyle Palmieri, Zach Parise, Joe Pavelski (C), Derek Stepan, James van Riemsdyk, Blake Wheeler.