Team USA upsets Canada at the World Championships

May 04, 2018 - 1:56 pm
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(WGR 550) - Team USA got dominated for much of the game, but were able to pull out its first game at the World Championships, 5-4 in a shootout over Canada.

Sabres center Ryan O’Reilly did have a goal for Canada, but it was Cam Atkinson (CLM) scoring two goals in the shootout deking Darcy Kuemper (ARZ) out of his jock on both to win it. In this tournament, Atkinson does get credit for a goal by scoring the shootout winner. Atkinson also had an assist in the game.

Jordan Eberle (NYI) got the only shootout goal against Keith Kinkaid (NJ) in six rounds.

Kinkaid made 40 saves on the game to be named Team USA’s Player of the Game.

Pierre-Luc Dubois (CLM) got Canada on the board just 47-seconds into the game and then O’Reilly made it 2-0.

Team USA turned the puck over to Josh Bailey (NYI) and he found O’Reilly in front who spun to find an open net.

I thought O’Reilly played well in spots. He cenetered a line with Bailey and Brayden Schenn (STL).

In the second period, he had a nice chance in front and in the third period, had a great battle at the top of the crease, but couldn’t connect with the puck.

Canada had to kill off a late third period penalty and O’Reilly was key on that kill. O’Reilly said he turned the puck over too much in the first period, but to be honest, I did not notice the turnovers he spoke about.

O’Reilly had eight shots in goal in the game and was plus-2

The Canadians had a golden opportunity to win getting a 4-on-3 power play in overtime. O’Reilly had a one-timer blocked by Connor Murphy (CHI) and then Connor McDavid (EDM) set him up in the right circle, but instead of shooting, O’Reilly went towards the net and passed.

McDavid had two great chances on that PP, but hit the side of the net on one and had to kick to puck up to his stick only to shoot wide on another.

McDavid took a penalty with 17-seconds left in the OT and was not eligible to take part in the shootout because of it.

Dylan Larkin (DET) scored two goals for Team USA, while Anders Lee (NYI) and Johnny Gaudreau (CALG) had the others.

Canada got goals from Anthony Beauvillier (NYI) and Colton Parayko (STL).

Kuemper only made 20 saves in goal.

In the other early game, Russia shutout France, 7-0. Former Sabre Mikhail Grigorenko had two assists.

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