A 26-save performance between the pipes by Malcolm Subban helped propel Team Canada to a 2-1 victory over Team United States early this morning.
Ryan Strome and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins would help Canada get out to a 2-0 lead in the first period. The United States received solid netminding from John Gibson (30 saves on 32 shots), but solved Malcolm Subban just once in the third period.
- Want to see RNH’s goal that helped put Team Canada up 1-0? There it is. That’s RNH’s third goal and eighth point of the tournament.
- Jacob Trouba had the lone goal for Team United States, and here that is. Go to the net. It’s a hockey cliche, but it’s a good one.
- Mark Scheifele, Brett Richie, Anthony Camara and Jonathan Huberdeau each had assists for Team Canada. Mike Reilly and Alex Galchenyuk had assists for the USA.
- Let’s talk a bit about the goaltenders – Subban has received some criticism for what some are calling lackluster play so far in this tournament. That’s all well and good, but his 36 save performance should help put some of the detractors at bay for a while. Team USA’s goaltender John Gibson also played very well. I love it when a goaltender stands on his head, and we’ve really been rewarded so far in this tournament with some really solid (if not spectacular) performances (Gibson, Subban and Team Russia’s Andrei Makarov are three that come to mind).
- Team USA has their work cut out for them, needing to defeat Slovakia tomorrow morning (3 AM, 5 Eastern) to advance to the next round. They’ve got a good chance, but Slovakia isn’t a pushover. Team Canada will now face Russia tomorrow at 7 AM (9 Eastern).
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