On Sunday, Phoenix Coyote Shane Doan
scored a game-tying goal with less than 10-minutes to play in the third period to help Team Canada earn a 4-3 overtime win against the Czech Republic.
With 8:53 to play in the third and the Czech Republic leading by one, Canada’s Matthew Lombardi (Calgary) won a face-off inside the offensive zone, drawing the puck back to Doan who blasted a shot past netminder Roman Cechmanek for his fifth goal of the 2007 IIHF World Championships.
Canada will conclude their Qualifying Round play on Monday when they face Keith Ballard and Team USA. Team USA needs a win in regulation to secure first place in Group F.
In other action, Coyotes’ forward Niko Kapanen and Team Finland were held off the score sheet entirely as Team Sweden held on for a 1-0 win while Slovakia skated past Belarus 4-3.
Perhaps the biggest news coming out of Moscow on Sunday was regarding Team Russia forward Alexander Ovechkin. During Russia’s 6-3 win over Switzerland, Ovechkin delivered a high hit on Switzerland’s Valentin Wirz. After Wirz was helped off the ice by the Swiss medical staff, Ovechkin was assessed a major penalty as well as a game misconduct. As a result, Ovechkin will be suspended for Russia’s showdown with Sweden on Monday, which will determine first place in Group E.