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Canada Rolls, USA Stumbles Again At Worlds

by Staff Writer / Florida Panthers

By Glenn Odebralski for

One world power is in trouble while the other seems to be invincible.

The United States lost for the second time of the World Championshps, again by a 2-1 defeat in overtime to Denmark. Canada meanwhile dominated another lesser opponent, thumping Latvia 6-1.

The Americans now need to beat Finland in order to stay out of the relegation round.

Another day at the Worlds, and another disappointing result for the United States team.

After falling 2-1 in overtime to host Germany in the games first contest, the Americans would once again find themselves on the short end of a 2-1 overtime affair.

This time the victor was Denmark.

Stefan Lassen scored the game-winner 2:04 into overtime for the Danes as he batted in his own rebound past Panthers netminder Scott Clemmensen.

For Clemmensen, it has been a tough go and not due to his play. Allowing just two goals in each of his first two games, he's come up on the short end thanks to a US offense that has been absent so far in the tournament.

After stopping 18 shots against Germany, Clemmensen would turn away 27 more against Denmark Monday.

The two teams battled through a scoreless first period as Denmark held an 11-8 shot advantage.

Clemmensen was strong, making several highlight reel saves in the opening period to keep Denmark at bay.

Denmark finally got the game's first goal thanks to a delay of game penalty by T.J Galiardi almost midway through the second. Lars Eller ripped a slapshot past Clemmensen's shoulder 8:52 into the second for the lead.

The United States would tie the game with a power play tally of their own just over three minutes later. Phoenix's Keith Yandle snapped the puck past Patrick Galbraith while pinching in from the point at the 12:03 mark.

After that, it was back to finding who would get the game-winner.

The teams played another scoreless 20 in the third before Lassen's heroics in the extra session gave Denmark five points in pool play. The US, who has just two points, needs a good showing against Finland in their final game to stay out of the relegation round.

CANADA 6 - Latvia 1
Canada used a lethal power play to make short work of Latvia in Mannheim Monday, scoring their first four goals of the game on the man advantage on their way to a 6-1 victory.

The Canadians got started quickly in the contest. With former Panther prospect Janis Sprukts in the box for interference, the NY Islanders John Tavares scored 1:59 into the contest.

Tampa young gun Steven Stamkos would give the red and white a 2-0 advantage with 1:41 left in the first on another power play as he tapped the puck into the net off a nice feed from Kris Russell.

Up 2-0 after one period of play, Canada went to work in the second, burying the Latvians as they scored four goals. Calgary's Mark Giordano found the back of the net 5:30 in while Tavares recorded his second of the game, second on the power play, just 1:28 later.

Tampa's Steve Downie would get the game's first even strength goal at the 10:07 mark of the period and Giordano would net his second of the game with 54 seconds left in the frame.

All that was left was whether Canada would get the shut out. St. Louis' Chris Mason stopped all 12 shots he faced in the first 40 minutes. NY Rangers backup Chad Johnson played the final 20 and unfortunately could not keep the shut out in tact as Georgijs Pujacs scored with 9:35 left in the contest.
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