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U.S.A Falls In The Shootout To Canada

Friday, 05.6.2011 / 2:10 PM ET / World Championship
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U.S.A Falls In The Shootout To Canada
By IIHF.com

KOSICE – Jordan Eberle and Rick Nash both scored for Canada in the shootout, as Canada won 2-1 in shots and won the game 4-3 against the USA in Qualification Round play in Kosice at the 2011 IIHF World Championship.


Canada and the USA battled through 60 minutes of regulation time, then another five of overtime before Eberle and Nash settled the issue in the shootout. Jack Johnson and Blake Wheeler each missed on the U.S. shots.

Nash’s winner featured a nice move to his backhand, before he roofed it up and in behind USA goalie Ty Conklin, who was peppered with 52 shots by Canada. The USA had only 20 shots on goal.

“I didn’t know what I was going to do at first,” said Nash, talking about his winning goal. “I knew the angle I was going to come in at, and then see what he gave me. He gave me a little bit on the glove side and I saw the opening.”

“I’d like to have that one back, for sure,” said Conklin.

It was one of those games that unfolded like a good play – with the best stuff coming at the end, but being set up nicely in the preceding acts.

The USA was leading 2-1 early in the third period before Canada tied the score at 3:27 in dramatic fashion. Just as a boarding penalty to the USA’s Chris Porter was coming to an end, Canada’s Marc-André Gragnani shovelled the puck from the left side to John Tavares, lurking in front. Tavares batted the puck towards the goal from right in front and Conklin got a piece of it. As it bounced near the net, amidst a maze of sticks and skates, Tavares swatted at it and knocked it in to tie the game at 2-2.

One minute and fifty-five seconds later, during a Canadian four on three man advantage, veteran Jason Spezza moved towards the right face off circle, as he took a pass from Tavares, and hammered the puck past Conklin to give Canada a 3-2 lead.

Forward Jack Skille had 12:51 of ice time (16 shifts) while defenseman Clay Wilson had a shot on 4:59 of ice time (5 shifts).

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