Blowing past their opponents in their first two games of the preliminaries, the US and Canada were all set for their showdown Tuesday night in Halifax.
And the two teams didn’t disappoint as Jay Bouwmeester and Canada edged Craig Anderson and David Booth and the US 5-4, thanks to a Dany Heatley (Ottawa) goal with 46 seconds left in regulation. Heatley had beaten Anderson on a 3-on-2 break, to the top right corner.
The early part of the game was dominated by the team “north of the border” as Canada jumped out to a 2-0 lead by the first intermission. Minnesota’s Brent Burns scored 8:26 into the game as his slap shot beat Boston netminder Tim Thomas. Heatley then added his first of the night with 11 seconds remaining in the period as he shot the puck in off of Thomas from the goal line to the left of the netminder.
Canada came out right from the gates to start the second period as Chicago’s Jonathan Toews made the score 3-0 just 18 seconds in. And just like that, it seemed the US was out of the game. But Zach Parise got the Americans on the board 34 seconds after Toews goal and then LA’s Patrick O’Sullivan brought the US to within one with his goal 2:17 later.
The teams went to the intermission with Canada holding the one goal lead, and when they returned, the US had made a change in the net. Thomas was out and Anderson was in.
Anderson was tested early and often, stopping numerous difficult shots. Canada found a way to beat him as Buffalo’s Derek Roy scored 3:29 into the period to give the Canadians a 4-2 lead.
Not to go quietly into the night, the US fought their way back, thanks to penalties taken by the Canadians. LA’s Dustin Brown scored 5:18 in as the US was on the man advantage while Buffalo’s Jason Pominville tied the score at four when his power play shot found the back of the net 1:36 later.
And then the two teams hit a dry spell, unable to solve either netminder. That’s until Heatley converted on the 3-on-2 break. Anderson made 10 saves in the period while Carolina’s Cam Ward stopped 11 shots.
Booth finished the game with a shot on net, was a -2, and had 16:03 of ice time.
Bouwmeester had a shot on goal, was a +1, and had 15:58 of ice time.More Information (nhl.com)More Information (iihf.com)