Two games into the World Cup of Hockey 2016, Team Canada has clinched a spot in the semifinals and the competitive portion of Team USA’s tournament is over.
Team Canada advanced to the final four by scoring four consecutive goals in a 4-2 win against Team USA at Air Canada Centre on Tuesday.
Matt Duchene scored twice, and Carey Price made 32 saves for Team Canada, which is 2-0-0 in Group A and can clinch first place with a win against Team Europe on Wednesday. Team Europe also is 2-0-0 and has clinched a semifinal berth.
“Our objective was to win [Tuesday],” Team Canada defenceman Marc-Édouard Vlasic said. “Now we’re looking to [Wednesday]. We wanted to get in the semifinals. We did it. Now we want to finish first in our [group].”
Team USA is 0-2-0 and was eliminated from contention for the semifinals along with Team Czech Republic, which is 0-1-1. They close their World Cup against each other Thursday.
“It’s disappointing, frustrating, all different types of emotions,” Team USA coach John Tortorella said. “I think we let some people down. It’s on my watch. I certainly feel responsible for that. It’s really disappointing.”
After Team USA defenceman Ryan McDonagh scored 4:22 into the first period for a 1-0 lead, Duchene scored 1:29 later to tie it 1-1. Corey Perry gave Team Canada a 2-1 lead 14 seconds after that when the rebound of Logan Couture’s right-circle shot went into the net off Perry’s pants.
Duchene then converted on a defensive-zone turnover by Team USA and beat Jonathan Quick between the pads to make it 3-1 at 12:07.
“The first couple of minutes we were tentative, we weren’t playing the Canadian way and moving the puck,” Perry said. “They capitalized and they got a goal and I think that kind of got us into the game and got us going.”
Patrice Bergeron was credited with the goal that extended Team Canada’s lead to 4-1 at 8:50 of the second period when John Tavares’ centering feed hit his skate before it deflected into the net off McDonagh’s right skate.
T.J. Oshie scored for Team USA with 2:32 remaining in the third period.
NOTES: McDonagh’s goal ended Price’s shutout streak in international play at 228:41. That dated to Canada’s quarterfinal against Latvia at the 2014 Sochi Olympics…Team USA made two lineup changes, inserting defenceman Dustin Byfuglien for Jack Johnson and forward Kyle Palmieri for Brandon Dubinsky…Team Canada coach Mike Babcock said goalie Corey Crawford will start against Team Europe…The winner of the game between Team Canada and Team Europe will play the second-place team from Group B in the semifinals. The loser will play the team that wins Group B.
04:22 – GOAL – McDonagh (Stepan, Kane)
05:51 – GOAL – Duchene (Vlasic, Thornton)
06:05 – GOAL – Perry (Couture, Toews)
12:07 – GOAL – Duchene (Burns)
18:15 – PEN – Abdelkader, interference
18:47 – PEN – Perry, tripping
26:22 – PEN – Bergeron, delay of game
28:50 – GOAL – Bergeron (Tavares, Pietrangelo)
34:54 – PEN – Johnson, delay of game
41:05 – PEN – Pacioretty, boarding
52:57 – PEN – Price, delay of game
57:28 – GOAL – Oshie (van Riemsdyk, Pavelski)
W: Price (34-36)
L: Quick (30-34)
SHOTS ON GOAL
13+11+10 = 34
11+11+14 = 36
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), Matt Duchene, Ryan Getzlaf, Brad Marchand, Ryan O’Reilly, Corey Perry, Steven Stamkos, John Tavares, Joe Thornton, Jonathan Toews (A).
Goaltenders: Ben Bishop, Jonathan Quick. Defence: Dustin Byfuglien, John Carlson, Erik Johnson, Ryan McDonagh, Matt Niskanen, Ryan Suter (A). Forwards: Justin Abdelkader, David Backes, Patrick Kane (A), Ryan Kesler, T.J. Oshie, Max Pacioretty, Kyle Palmieri, Zach Parise, Joe Pavelski (C), Derek Stepan, James van Riemsdyk, Blake Wheeler.
|CANADA (C)||vs.||UNITED STATES|
(+ 3 ties)
|First IHLC Meeting (CAN vs. USA)
CAN 2-0 USA – 04/25/1920 – OG – Antwerp
|Previous IHLC Meeting (CAN vs. USA)
CAN 5-2 USA – 09/10/2016 – EX – Ottawa
|Last IHLC Game
CAN 6-0 CZE – 09/17/2016 – WCH – Toronto
|Next IHLC Game
CAN 5-3 RUS – 09/24/2016 – WCH – Toronto