IIHF World Championships - Day 5
Six Oilers will be representing their country at the annual tournament
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Two goals late in the third were enough to lift Russia to a win over the US as they lose their first game in the round-robin tournament.
Early in the first, Craig Smith from the corner, centred the puck to Paul Stastny, who was able to get a shot off but Ilya Bryzgalov was able to get a piece of it to keep the game scoreless.
A few minutes later, Russia opened the scoring on a delayed penalty called to the US. All-alone from the point, Anton Belov beat Ben Bishop glove side to put Russia up, 1-0.
Shortly after, Paul Stastny was in front in the crease when he backhanded the puck past Bryzgalov to tie the game at one.
Midway through the first, Fyodor Tyutin was called for holding to give the US, the first powerplay of the game.
On the powerplay, Russia went on a two-on-one shorthanded opportunity but Jamie McBain was able to rush back into the zone to block the shot and keep the game tied at one.
In the other end, Stastny scored his second of the game when he ripped a wrister past Bryzgalov and gave the US, their first lead in the game.
Thirty-six seconds later, the US turned over the puck in the neutral zone. Ilya Nikulin picked up the turnover and made a pass to Ilya Kovalcuk, who was able to beat Bishop stick side to tie the game at two.
Early in the second, Russia was called for a hooking penalty and 1:09 later, drew a second penalty and gave the US a two-man advantage for 50 seconds.
Russia was able to kill off the five-on-three and on the man-advantage, Johnson’s shot from the blue line was able to beat Bryzgalov but not the post as the game remained tied at two.
A few minutes later, Matt Hunwick from the point was able to find the top corner as the US regained their lead in the game.
Midway through the second, Sergei Mozyakin began the play in the US zone as he made a drop pass to Sergei Mozyakin. Mozyakin made a cross-ice pass to Alexei Tereshenko, who tipped the puck past Bryzgalov to tie the game at three.
With two minutes left in the second, Jeff Petry drew a tripping penalty and sent the US on their second penalty kill but Bishop was able to turn away the shots to keep the game tied at three.
Late in the third, a scrum ensued in front of Bishop and Yevgeni Medvedev, who was all alone in front, banged in the rebound to put Russia ahead by one.
Shortly after, Kovalchuk made a cross-ice pass to Alexander Radulov and from one knee, blasted the puck past Bishop to extend Russia’s lead, 5-3.
The US pull Bishop with 2:13 left in the period but was unable to capitalize with the extra skater.
They lost their first game in the tournament and will take on Finland on Wednesday. Puck drop will be at 11:15 A.M. (MT).
Jeff Petry pointless in the game with zero shots on net and 13:08 of ice time.
CANADA vs. NORWAY
Taylor Hall scored two of Canada’s seven goals in the game as they go on to defeat Norway 7-1.
Andrew Ladd opened the scoring for Canada as he rushed into the zone while fighting off Morten Ask. Unable to get a shot off, Ladd made a pass Steven Stamkos, who then made the cross-crease pass back to Ladd. With Lars Volden out of position, Ladd was able to put it in the open net as Canada took the 1-0 lead.
A few minutes later, Jeff Skinner scored his first of the tournament as he went with the wraparound to put the puck through Volden’s pad to extend Canada’s lead, 2-0.
Shortly after, Claude Giroux was called for hooking and sent Canada on their first penalty kill but was short lived as 1:12 later, Norway received a slashing penalty.
On the four-on-four, Jordan Eberle made a backhand cross-ice pass to Matt Duchene, who found the back of the net to put Canada up, 3-0.
Late in the first, on another powerplay, Steven Stamkos from behind the net made a pass to Justin Schultz. Schultz found a wide-open Claude Giroux to put the puck pass Volden as Canada went up, 4-0.
After 20 minutes of play, Canada held Norway to only one shot in the period.
Early in the second, Eberle was in the corner and made a backhanded pass to Taylor Hall in front. Hall scored his first of the tournament to lift Canada to a 5-0 lead.
Minutes later, Hall had another chance to extend Canada’s lead as he tried to deflect Duchene’s pass but the puck hit the side of the net and went out of play.
Canada with another chance as Justin Schultz attempted to backhand the puck through Volden’s five-hole but was stopped.
Midway through the second, Ken Andre Olimb was able to put Norway on the board as he to beat Devan Dubnyk glove side.
Shortly after, Olimb went on the breakaway but Dubnyk made the pad save to preserve Canada’s 5-1 lead.
Five minutes into the third, Stamkos picked up the rebound and lifted the puck over Volden’s pad to extend Canada’s lead, 6-1.
Late in the third, Duchene took to the net and fought off two Norwegian defenders before getting a shot off. Volden made the initial save but Hall banged in the rebound for his second of the night to give Canada a 7-1 lead.
Canada held on as they go on to defeat Norway, 7-1. Dubnyk picked up his second win of the tournament and stopped 13 of 14 shots he faced and had a save percentage of 0.929.
Hall had two goals with six shots on net and 10:33 of ice time.
Eberle had two assists with one shot on net and 12:52 of ice time
Schultz ended the night with one assist, two shots on net and 16:27 of ice time.
Canada is now 2-0-1 in the tournament and their next game will be on Thursday as they take on Sweden. Puck drop is at 12:15 P.M. (MT)
-- Wendy Mach, edmontonoilers.com