Canada wins 2-1 over the USA. Canada built up an early 2-0 lead in this one, in the first period. They exchanged chances with the Americans up until the 3rd period where the US came on strong in spite of getting into serious penalty trouble. Canada had a brief 5-on-3 followed up by a full 2 minute 5-on-3, but couldn’t capitalize.
This game was Malcolm Subban’s best game we’ve seen thus far, answering questions about whether he could rise to the question or not. He did make one near fatal error though. On a delayed penalty in which he was a bit mysteriously called on a trip, Subban raised his hands in disgust just before a shot was coming in from the point. Luckily, our boy Nugent-Hopkins came to the rescue, sliding across on one knee to block the shot, or that likely would have went right in (thumbs down to him though for taking a dumb penalty in the final 2 minutes of the game while protecting a 1 goal lead though). Credit also to Scott Harrington for his unheralded defensive game. He came up big near the end of the game to stop the Americans from banging in a loose puck. That all said, Subban played quite fantastically throughout the game, including a huge kick save (and a beauty) in the 3rd. He earned player of the game for this one. John Gibson also stood out in the other net and also was given player of the game.
Overall, I thought the Canadians played a decent game and managed to stay out of penalty trouble for the most part. This game was a lot less of an offensive showcase, and was more of a tight defensive game / goaltending battle… I would have thought the Americans would beat us in a game like that. It didn’t help much that the Canadian powerplay was quite limp throughout the game. They had their chances, but couldn’t finish.
Next game is vs. Team Russia tomorrow, a 7:00AM MST start. I’m looking forward to that one cause I can actually watch the full game live. I work tomorrow, but I’ll have the game on for sure. I stayed up for two periods this AM for the Canada / USA game, but that was about all I could do. Canada will get a boost as J.C. Lipon (1 game) and Boone Jenner (3 games) return from their suspensions. I’m thinking about putting up an actual GDT for that one since there is a chance people will be up to watch that one.