VANCOUVER -- Team Canada forward Brenden Morrow is one of the foot soldiers that makes any team work.
The Dallas Stars winger showed his value to Team Canada on Friday night, scoring the team's second goal in an eventual 3-2 win against Slovakia the Olympic tournament semifinal. Morrow was also on the ice for the winning goal, by linemate Ryan Getzlaf on a second-period power play.
Morrow now has goals in back-to-back games as he and his teammates prepare to play Team USA in Sunday's gold-medal game here at Canada Hockey Place. On Friday night, he played 11:39, managing the goal, two shots and an even rating.
Afterward, Morrow took a few minutes to exclusively discuss Team Canada's victory.
NHL.com -- What were you thinking during those last few minutes as Slovakia tried to come all the way back?
Morrow -- They threw everything at the net. They worked the puck down low and it got a little hairy there at the end. We would have liked to protect the puck a little bit better. But, it was do-or-die for them and you have to give them some credit because they had a lot of battle in them.
NHL.com -- Your line has been good for the past two games. What makes it work so well between you and Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry?
Morrow -- I think that (our) line complements each other pretty well, grinding pucks low, cycles, strong on pucks. As long as we are not making those hope-for passes and are winning our one-on-ones, we are a pretty capable line.
NHL.com -- Was it difficult early in this tournament when you couldn't find your role on this team?
Morrow -- I knew what my role was. There maybe wasn't as many minutes involved with it. I knew it wasn't come here and put point on the board -- every one of those is a bonus. My role was to go out, create momentum, finish every check and give the team some energy.