US VS CANADA:
I have to admit, it is truly my favorite rivalry out there. Canada, without question, has dominated the US with only 1 loss in the last 20 years. This match-up is the first time the two teams have played against each other in the World Championships since 2008.
Both teams held each other without a goal through the entire first period.
In the second, the USA attacked first with the first goal of the game registering by Komisarek. Canada answered less than 2 minutes later with a goal by Burns. USA would finish the period off bring the USA back up by one with a goal scored by Johnson (assisted by Blake Wheeler).
In the third period, Canada dominated with a goal by Tavares just minutes into the period. As Conklin thought he got the puck out, Tavares swatted away and scored to tie the game. Less than 2 minutes later, Tavares would pass the puck to Jason Spezza who knocked it right past Conkin giving Canada the lead for the first time in the game.
34 seconds into the USA Power Play with Clutterbuck off the ice for a slashing call, Wheeler would again be alert, sending the puck to Derek Stepan this time and Stepan would tie the game up again.
The game would end up going through the full 5 minute overtime and end with a shoot-out. Unfortunately, Blake Wheeler and jack Johnson both missed their shots while Eberle and Rick Nash made theirs and took Canada to a 4-3 victory over the USA. Team Canada is now in sole possession of 1st place in Group F with 7 total points.
The IIHF is running a contest, giving fans the opportunity to ask Rookie of the Year nominee, Jeff Skinner a question. Any question! Just send your question (in English) to [email protected] and have it submitted by 9am Central European time on Sunday May 8th. Please indicate your name and city on the email. The IIHF will select the best questions and the answers will be posted on their site.