Team Canada skated to a 5-2 win over Team USA

    2016 World Cup of Hockey – Pre-tournament

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    Nearly 19,000 fans packed the Canadian Tire Centre to watch Canada and the USA battle it out in the second back-to-back games between the cross-border rivals.

     

    Team Canada skated to a 5-2 win over Team USA, and outshot them 38-23.

     

    • John Tavares (Mississauga, Ont./ New York Islanders, NHL) led the way with a pair of goals for Canada, while Jay Bouwmeester (Edmonton/St. Louis, NHL), Logan Couture (London, Ont./San Jose, NHL), and Matt Duchene (Haliburton, Ont./Colorado, NHL) added singles.
    • Drew Doughty (London, Ont./Los Angeles, NHL), Corey Perry (Peterborough, Ont./Anaheim, NHL), and Steven Stamkos (Markham, Ont./Tampa Bay, NHL) chipped in with a pair of assists each.
    • Fans got a look at both Braden Holtby (Lloydminster, Sask./Washington, NHL) and Corey Crawford (Montreal/Chicago, NHL), who split duties in goal – Holtby stopped 11 of the 13 shots he faced; Crawford came in partway through the second and made 10 saves.

    Next game:

    Canada will close out their three-game pre-tournament schedule on Wednesday, Sept. 14 at 7:30 p.m. ET (4:30 p.m. PT) when they face Russia fromat the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, PA.

     

    The team will close their camp with a final practice at the Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa on Monday, Sept. 12 at 11 a.m.

     

    Quotes:

     

    Head coach Mike Babcock (Saskatoon/Toronto, NHL)

    “It was important to get better and that’s what we’re trying to do each and every day. A lot of our players, myself, we’ve been in lots of these events – if we just get better every day you got a chance to be successful. You probably read that in the papers and think ‘yeah, yeah, yeah,’ but that’s the truth.”

     

    Corey Crawford (Montreal/Chicago, NHL) on coming in part-way through the game

    “I was just hoping to get some work early and some outside shots to get you going. I didn’t face too much work, the guys kept it to the outside, but it was fun to get in there. It was still pretty physical out there I think both ways, but that makes the game fun. I didn’t think it was going to be that chippy in these two games, but I love it.”

     

    Brad Marchand (Hammonds Plains, N.S./Boston, NHL) on coming back with a win

    “It’s a lot better when you’re playing with a lead than playing with a deficit. The powerplay did a really good job getting us going, and it’s definitely nice to capitalize on those opportunities; the guys bared down a bit and it was a little bit of luck”

     

    John Tavares (Mississauga, Ont./ New York Islanders, NHL) on team chemistry

    “The sense of structure we’re playing and each guys’ role out there –  just executing and getting a feel going against the competition – all of that kind of mixes in and you could see there was another step out there tonight, a comfort level that’s starting to grow, some continuity. We just want to keep getting better and we’ll have another good test this week before the tournament.”

     

    Did You Know:

     

    Corey Crawford

    • Saturday marked his debut with Team Canada in international competition.

     

    Jay Bouwmeester

    • Won a silver medal (2002) and two bronze medals (2000, 2001) with Canada’s National Junior Team at the IIHF World Junior Championship

    o   When named to the 2000 team, he was the youngest player ever named to Canada’s NJT at the age of 16 years, 2 months and 29 days

    • One of only seven players (with Eric Lindros, Trevor Kidd, Martin Lapointe, Jason Botterill, Jason Spezza and Ryan Ellis) to play for Canada’s National Junior Team at three IIHF World Junior Championships
    • Played on the 2004 World Cup-winning team

    Logan Couture

    • Played for Canada’s National Men’s Under-18 Team at the 2007 IIHF World U18 Championship in Finland, finishing 4th

     

    Matt Duchene

    • Won back-to-back gold medals with Canada at the 2015 and 2016 IIHF World Championships
    • 2014 Olympic gold-medallist

     

    John Tavares

    • Won  a gold medal with Canada’s National Junior Team at the 2008 and 2009 IIHF World Junior Championships

    o   Scored a hat-trick in the final 2009 World Junior preliminary-round game against the United States – in Ottawa

    o   Named MVP, Top Forward and named to the media all-star team (2009)

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