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CANADA FIGHTS OFF UNITED STATES AT WJC

by Staff Writer / Los Angeles Kings
MORA, Sweden (CP) - Jonathan Toews and Darren Helm each scored twice Wednesday to lead Canada to a 6-3 win over the U.S. at the world junior hockey championship.


Canada tops Pool A with its second win in as many days for six points.

The Americans have only one point after opening the tournament with a shocking 2-1 overtime loss to unheralded Germany.

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Toews, out of the University of North Dakota, scored his second goal on a penalty shot in the third period.

Helm, a Medicine Hat Tigers forward, added an insurance goal and an empty-netter in the final minutes of the game.

Steve Downie of the Peterborough Petes and Tom Pyatt of the Saginaw Spirit also scored for Canada while Carey Price picked up his second victory by stopping 33 shots.

University of Minnesota defenceman Erik Johnson, the No. 1 pick in this year's NHL draft by St. Louis, Mike Carman and Bill Sweatt replied for the U.S. American goaltender Jeff Zatkoff made 21 saves.

Toews forced a turnover at the blue-line and was breaking in alone when Johnson threw his stick. Toews beat Zatkoff upstairs glove side on the ensuing penalty shot at 9:13 of the third period to make it 4-2.

Sweatt pulled the Americans within a goal for the second time in the game at 13:50 before Helm restored the two-goal lead at 18:17.

Johnson's goal at 2:24 of the second period ended Canada's shutout streak at 234 minutes 14 seconds, a run stretching back into the 2006 tournament.

The Canadians and Americans know each other well as some are teammates on club and college teams.

Familiarity bred contempt as there was more post-whistle pushing, shoving and jawing than there had been in each team's tournament opener a day earlier.

The crowded, low-roofed, 4,500-seat FM Matsson Arena provided an intimate atmosphere as players could clearly be heard calling to each other. A small Canadian contingent of fans was also able to heckle U.S. defenceman Jack Johnson every time he touched the puck - a tradition started last year in Vancouver.

Canada returns to Leksand to face Germany on Friday (TSN, 1 p.m. ET) and concludes the round robin in Pool A on Sunday against Slovakia.

Germany beat Slovakia 4-2 while Switzerland downed Belarus 4-1 in the lone Pool B game Wednesday.

The teams with the best records in each pool earn byes to the semifinals while the runners-up and third-place teams cross over to meet in the quarter-finals.

Canada was out to a three-goal lead on Toews's power-play marker at 1:55 of the second period, but the U.S. made it a one-goal game heading into the third.

Erik Johnson's shot through traffic beat Price low glove side at 2:24 to make it 3-1 before Carman banged in a rebound off the end boards at 6:12.

Downie opened the scoring with Canada's first even strength goal of the tournament. He streaked down the left wing and beat Zatkoff with a five-hole blast at 14:43 of the first period.

Pyatt redirected Cody Franson's shot from the blue-line past Zatkoff for a power-play goal and a 2-0 lead at 17:33.


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