For Canada, well, as I mentioned earlier, they still haven't advanced past the All-Star team mentality. They fired plenty of rubber on Miller, but still seem to lack confidence in each other.
Word I'm hearing is that Canada finishes sixth and meets a very dangerous German team in the qualifying game. The winner of that contest faces Russia in the quarters.
Anyone who thinks Canadians will be heartbroken after this game? Forget it. The Russian game -- if they get to it -- is the one that matters now.
Just want to give Team USA the credit it deserves. They attacked hard early, took advantage of a pair of Canadian errors and grabbed a lead. Once they had it, they played like a team with a lead should. They were aggressive, they kept their mistakes to a minimum (especially the young blueliners who were so hit-and-miss in the first two games) and they maintained their composure. Just three minors in a such a physical game? That's an outstanding commitment to discipline.
That's it for now. We'll be back live for Team USA's quarterfinal matchup against an opponent TBD. Thanks for stopping by.
Pretty clear that Canada was the better team on the night, but the Americans got it done when it mattered.
There it is, the final horn.
Not a power play but sure looks like it. There are 100 seconds left.
Miller makes the save of the night on a spinnerama effort by Doughty.
... And here come the Canadians!
The American defense has been sensational this period, keeping the Canadians bottled up to the outside and limiting them to just three shots through 15 minutes.
... Thornton continues to battle the puck every time he's on the ice. This is the guy that Sharks and Bruins fans both have come to know all too well.
... So, is there a hero ready to step up for Team Canada?
... Another goal for Team USA. do I need to say it ...
... Another American faceoff win.
... Shots are 31-19 for Canada after two.
... Morrow's earned more ice (9:01) than Thornton, Heatley, Iginla and Perry. Crosby and Nash are both a glaring minus-3 on the night.
... So, what does
... The quality of the ice has taken a lot of criticism over the course of the tournament, especially in the latter two games of each day. Today, the puck seems to be sitting fairly well.
The consenus was that
At least Wilson knows how to ride a winning horse. Rafalski led all skaters with 8:24 of ice time in the first. Keith led Team Canada with 8:09.
Official shot total now 19-6 for Canada.
Toews led Canadian forwards with 5:54 of ice, Crosby with just 5:14. Look for Babcock to find more ice for Sid in this period. He had live legs in the first.
Second period is underway.
Both teams come into the contest with 2-0 records, having knocked off Switzerland and Norway. But both struggled in the process, particularly with their defensive zone play and a pronounced lack of cohesion in their key forward units. After a day of tinkering in practice, expect to see significant changes with an eye on cranking up their physical play and simplifying their offensive approach.
Three keys to the game: