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US-Canada Matchup Set

by Staff Writer / Florida Panthers
The showdown on Tuesday is all set. Canada and the US will be battling for the top spot out of the preliminaries in Group B thanks to huge wins on Sunday at the World Championships.

Canada cruised past Latvia by a score of 7-0 while the United States got past a pesky Slovenian team by a 5-1 score. Both teams are now 2-0 in play and will battle it out in Halifax at 4:30pm. Jay Bouwmeester (Canada) and David Booth and Craig Anderson (US) will be looking to get bragging rights, at least for the prelims, over their Panthers teammate(s).

Jay Bouwmeester (Getty Images)
(Halifax) In the first game in Halifax, Canada dominated play right from the first puck drop. Chicago’s Patrick Sharp got the Canadians on the board just 2:35 into the contest while Washington’s Mike Green made it 2-0 1:10 later. Ottawa’s Dany Heatley scored his fourth of the tournament with 7:45 left in the first period to give the Canadians the 3-0 lead heading into the first intermission.

The Canadians scored their other four goals after that first intermission as Nashville’s Rick Nash scored the first of his two on the night just 1:03 as the Canadians used the power play to their advantage. They then scored twice in a 42 second span as Tampa Bay’s Martin St. Louis and Anaheim’s Chris Kunitz scored at the 2:00 and 2:42 mark respectively.

Nash finished out the scoring with 7:40 left in the period.

While the Canadians drastically outshot the Slovenians in their first game, Canada only held a seven shot advantage (37-30) against the Latvians. Bouwmeester was paired with Dan Hamhuis and was a +1 with 14:20 of ice time.

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David Booth (Getty Images)
(Halifax) The United States’ power play remained dominate against their opponent Sunday night. After scoring five times with the man advantage, the US scored their first three goals of the game against the Slovenians with a Slovenians man in the box.

Chicago’s Patrick Kane got the US on the board with the only goal in the first period at 11:12 into the contest. Boston’s Phil Kessel then scored twice, making the score 3-0 with tallies at 6:48 in and 12:41 in.

Los Angeles’ Anze Kopitar once again scored the only goal for the Slovenians as his shot got past Boston’s Tim Thomas with 3:24 left in the middle frame.

And then it was time for the boos. Well it would have been if the game was played in Florida. Forward David Booth scored his first of the tournament and the US’s first even strength goal 5:05 into the third period to make the score 4-1 and Kessel finished off the hat trick and the scoring 4:19 later.

Booth was on the first line with Kessel and St. Louis’ Lee Stempniak and finished with four shots on net, +1, and 11:02 of ice time while Anderson was the U.S’s second goalie in the game.

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