USA out of World Cup a er Canada drub­bing

The Myanmar Times - - Sport -

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.

Photo: AFP

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.

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