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.