USA out of World Cup a er Canada drubbing
MATT Duchene scored twice as Canada sent the United States crashing out of the World Cup of Hockey on September 20 with a 4-2 victory.
Colorado Avalanche forward Duchene scored both his goals in a pulsating opening period as the hosts fought back to overcome an early USA lead.
The USA’s upset loss to Europe on September 17, and the Europeans’ subsequent victory over the Czech Republic on September 19, meant the Americans needed to beat Canada to have any chance of advancing from Group A.
America’s hopes of a great escape were given a boost four minutes into the first period, when New York Rangers captain Ryan McDonagh scored the game’s first goal. But Canada responded in emphatic fashion, with Duchene grabbing his first of the night to level it after 5:51.
Fourteen seconds later, Canada took the lead, with Anaheim Ducks forward Corey Perry supplying the finish to make it 2-1.
Duchene’s second put Canada 3-1 and cruising to victory. Boston Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron made it 4-1 in the second period to leave the USA with a task that was to prove beyond them.
TJ Oshie added a consolation goal for the USA, but it was too little too late.
USA coach John Tortorella bemoaned his team’s “self-inflicted wounds” following the defeat.
“I thought we had a good start, but we gave them a couple of freebies there, and you just can’t do that,” Tortorella said.
“They surged, and we were trying to catch up through most of the rest of the game.”
In the other September 20 game, Sweden goaltender Henrik Lundqvist produced a masterclass as his team downed Finland 2-0 to take control of Group B.
Lundqvist made 36 saves to keep the Finns at bay after Swedish goals from Anton Stralman and Loui Eriksson.
“I felt pretty rusty the first period, not as aware as I wanted to be, but I got some really good help with some loose pucks and stuff like that,” Lundqvist said.
“Then in the second and third I felt more and more comfortable. But it was fun. I really enjoyed being out there playing, a big game, an important game.”
Sweden will guarantee the top spot from Group B with a win or a defeat in overtime or shootout in their final game against North America.
TJ Oshie of Team USA falls near the puck during a World Cup of Hockey match against Team Canada on September 20. Canada won 4-2.