Team Russia and Team Canada continued their international hockey rivalry to bring the World Cup of Hockey 2016 pretournament schedule to its conclusion.
After a Team Russia turnover at the Team Canada blue line, Ryan Getzlaf scored on a breakaway with 1:31 remaining in overtime, beating goalie Sergei Bobrovski five-hole to give Team Canada a 3-2 win at Consol Energy Center on Wednesday.
“That’s the way it goes sometimes,” Getzlaf said. “Those 3-on-3s, you have to take care of the puck as much as you can. We had a good change there and had an opportunity to get the puck up [the ice] and get going.”
The game had each team feeling well as they head for Toronto and the start of the tournament on Saturday.
“It doesn’t matter if it is exhibition or real [game],” Team Russia centre Yevgeni Malkin said. “Always against Canada, it is a very important game. It was a tough game tonight, both teams played well. I liked how we played. Next time, maybe we play in [the] semifinal or final [of this tournament], I hope.”
Alex Ovechkin and Artemi Panarin scored third-period goals to give Team Russia a 2-1 lead.
But John Tavares used a speculative shot from distance to beat a screened Bobrovski and tie it 2-2 with 6:02 remaining in the period. It was one of the few mistakes made by Bobrovski, who made 45 saves and likely cemented his position as Team Russia’s No. 1 for the tournament.
“It was interesting,” Bobrovski said. “It’s always a big challenge when you play against Canada, they have so many great players. It’s very interesting to test yourself against them.”
Patrice Bergeron scored Team Canada’s first goal on a spectacular pass from Sidney Crosby, the captain of the Pittsburgh Penguins playing at his home arena.
Team Canada goalie Carey Price was not tested as much, making 24 saves.
Price was not happy with his first World Cup start, when he allowed three goals on 24 shots to Team USA. He said he wanted more work and more minutes to shake off the rust accumulated during a 10-month layoff after injuring his knee in a game with the Montreal Canadiens on Nov. 25.
“I felt better, but it was not perfect,” he said.
Ovechkin scored at 3:40 of the third period on a two-man advantage. Yevgeni Malkin won the faceoff to Panarin, who fed it to Ovechkin for a one-timer.
Panarin scored at 7:25 of the third, sweeping home the rebound of a tricky shot by Yevgeni Dadonov.
NOTES: Team Canada forward Ryan O’Reilly played despite joining camp less than 24 hours earlier as the replacement for injured Tyler Seguin. O’Reilly played 13:06 on a line with Claude Giroux and Joe Thornton…Team Canada forward Matt Duchene was expected to play but sustained a minor injury at practice Tuesday. He is expected to be ready for the start of the tournament…Defenceman Jake Muzzin and goalie Braden Holtby were the other scratches for Team Canada…Team Russia scratched forward Vladislav Namestnikov, defenceman Nikita Nesterov and goalie Andrei Vasilevski.
05:27 – PEN – team, too many players
08:49 – GOAL – Bergeron (Crosby, Burns)
13:32 – PEN – Shipachyov, hooking
17:30 – PEN – Stamkos, hooking
21:51 – PEN – Couture, delay of game
25:01 – PEN – Doughty, tripping
27:19 – PEN – Kuznetsov, high sticking
36:18 – PEN – Malkin, roughing
39:30 – PEN – Stamkos, cross checking
41:46 – PEN – team, too many players
43:37 – PEN – Vlasic, hooking
43:40 – PP2 GOAL – Ovechkin (Panarin, Malkin)
47:25 – GOAL – Panarin (Dadonov, Shipachyov)
53:58 – GOAL – Tavares (Doughty)
56:46 – PEN – Kucherov, hooking
63:29 – GOAL – Getzlaf (Burns)
W: Price (24-26)
L: Bobrovski (45-48)
SHOTS ON GOAL
14+15+15+4 = 48
5+10+8+3 = 26
Goaltenders: Corey Crawford, Carey Price. Defence: Jay Bouwmeester, Brent Burns, Drew Doughty, Alex Pietrangelo, Marc-Édouard Vlasic, Shea Weber (A). Forwards: Patrice Bergeron, Logan Couture, Sidney Crosby (C), Ryan Getzlaf, Claude Giroux, Brad Marchand, Ryan O’Reilly, Corey Perry, Steven Stamkos, John Tavares, Joe Thornton, Jonathan Toews (A).
Goaltenders: Sergei Bobrovski, Semyon Varlamov. Defence: Dmitri Kulikov, Alexei Marchenko, Andrei Markov, Dmitri Orlov, Alexei Yemelin, Nikita Zaitsev. Forwards: Artyom Anisimov, Yevgeni Dadonov, Pavel Datsyuk (A), Nikita Kucherov, Nikolai Kulyomin, Yevgeni Kuznetsov, Yevgeni Malkin (A), Alexander Ovechkin (C), Artemi Panarin, Vadim Shipachyov, Vladimir Tarasenko, Ivan Telegin.
(+ 13 ties)
|First IHLC Meeting (CAN vs. RUS)
URS 7-2 CAN – 03/07/1954 – WC – Stockholm
|Previous IHLC Meeting (CAN vs. RUS)
CAN 6-1 RUS – 05/17/2015 – WC – Prague
|Last IHLC Game
CAN 5-2 USA – 09/10/2016 – EX – Ottawa
|Next IHLC Game
CAN 6-0 CZE – 09/17/2016 – WCH – Toronto