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Canada beats USA 4-3 in shootout at Worlds; Smith Adds Another Assist

by Staff Writer / Nashville Predators report used in this story

After Ty Conklin stood on his head for Team USA thoughout three periods and overtime, he was beaten twice in the shootout as Canada prevailed 4-3 over the Americans Friday in their IIHF World Championship qualification game. Jordan Eberle, Canada's first shooter, was credited with the game-winner.

Preds prospect Craig Smith picked up an assist on the game's opening goal, his team-leading fifth point for Team USA in this tournament -- tied for fifth in the tournament in points. Smith has points in all four games for the US.

John Tavares and Jason Spezza briefly gave Canada a 3-2 lead over Team USA in the third period before Derek Stepan tied it for the Americans. The Canadians outshot the U.S. squad 47-19 before the five-minute overtime.

Mike Komisarek opened the scoring for the U.S., beating Canada goalie and Toronto Maple Leafs teammate James Reimer with a point shot. Minnesota Wild defenseman Brent Burns drew Canada even a minute later, beating Ty Conklin of the St. Louis Blues, who got the start for the U.S. over Al Montoya of the New York Islanders.

Canada won Group B in the preliminary round and is undefeated so far in the tournament, while the U.S. finished second in Group C, losing to Sweden after opening with a pair of victories.

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