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Team Canada responds against Team USA

by NHL Media / Chicago Blackhawks

John Tavares scored twice, and Corey Perry, Drew Doughty and Steven Stamkos each had two assists for Team Canada in a 5-2 win against Team USA in a World Cup of Hockey 2016 pretournament game at Canadian Tire Centre on Saturday.

Logan Couture, Jay Bouwmeester and Matt Duchene scored to give Team Canada a split of back-to-back games. Team USA won 4-2 in Columbus on Friday.

Goaltenders Braden Holtby and Corey Crawford split the game for Team Canada. Holtby faced 13 shots and gave up two goals, and Crawford made 10 saves, including a spectacular glove save on Team USA forward James van Riemsdyk.

Team Canada captain Sidney Crosby was a healthy scratch. Perry took his place.

Ryan McDonagh and John Carlson scored for Team USA. Goaltender Cory Schneider played the first two periods and gave up four goals on 24 shots. Ben Bishop played the third period and surrendered one goal on 14 shots.

Duchene scored at 12:11 of the second period to put Team Canada ahead 4-2.

Carlson scored 38 seconds into the second period on a 5-on-3 power play when he took a pass from forward Patrick Kane and one-timed a shot by Holtby.

Team Canada led 3-1 after a penalty-filled first period. It scored power-play goals by Couture and Tavares.

Team Canada coach Mike Babcock said he thought his team was guilty of overpassing the puck before the power play started to click.

"I mentioned that a couple of times," Babcock said. "That's what happens every time. When you get to this level, you're trying to give it to your teammate instead of just shooting it and getting to the net. That's how you score, shooting it and getting to the net and finding seconds.

"These are skilled players and they're used to scoring and they want their touches. When they score a little bit, they start to relax and make better plays and see things better. When you don't score, you press. At every level you play at, you've got to find your confidence. I think that was a positive thing for us tonight."

Bouwmeester gave Team Canada a 3-0 lead when he took a sharp pass from behind the net from Ryan Getzlaf and scored with a wrist shot at 15:38.

McDonagh scored at 16:35 to make it 3-1 on a shot that looked like it deflected off Team Canada defenseman Brent Burns, who was jostling with van Riemsdyk and Team USA forward Blake Wheeler in front of Holtby.

Tavares scored his second goal on the power play at 8:01 of the third period when he put a loose puck into the open side of the net to Bishop's left.

The tournament begins Sept. 17 in Toronto.

Goal of the game: Team Canada forward Tyler Seguin refused to be checked by Team USA forward T.J. Oshie to set up Duchene for the goal to make it 4-2. Seguin fought off Oshie's strong backcheck and passed the puck to Duchene in the slot.

Save of the game: Less than two minutes after Duchene scored, Crawford made a great glove save on a hard shot by van Riemsdyk from the left wing.

Unsung moment of the game: Babcock moved Seguin between Duchene and wing Joe Thornton in Claude Giroux's spot and that resulted in Seguin combining with Duchene for that fourth goal. "I thought that was important putting Seguin back in the middle tonight," Babcock said. "I thought it helped give him a little tempo, a little speed. That was positive."

Highlight moment of the game: Thirty-eight seconds into the second period, Carlson scored on a perfectly executed one-timer with Team USA on a two-man advantage, making it 3-2. Carlson's hard shot off Kane's perfect setup beat Holtby to the stick side.

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