Canadian captain Curtis Lazar dumped gasoline all over the steady burning USA-Canada rivalry in the 2015 World Junior Hockey Championship on Wednesday.
Lazar, a rookie forward for the Ottawa Senators, stirred up the ire of American fans at 10:01 in the third period when the puck deflected off him and into the net without being called for goalie interference. You can watch an overhead view of the goal here.
USA goalie Thatcher Demko couldn’t stop the rebound after Connor McDavid rushed the net, and Lazar’s chest got the lucky bounce into the net. The on-ice officials, who were Swedish and Finnish, gave Lazar the goal despite him towering over Demko in the crease.
Team Canada was leading 2-1 prior to the goal, and went on to defeat USA 5-3 in this first round game.
- Anna Gallegos