Americans, Canadians Drop Second-straight

The United States and Canada each dropped their second game in a row on Sunday, as the Americans suffered a 2-1 loss to Sweden and Canada fell to Finland, 2-0. It was the second time in as many days that the Canadians were held without a goal.

Antero Nittymaki (Philadelphia Flyers) made 24 saves to lead the Finns to the win while goals came from Teemu Selanne (Mighty Ducks of Anaheim) and Niko Kapanen (Dallas Stars).

With 8:46 remaining in the first period, Saku Koivu (Montreal Canadiens) beat Canadian defenseman Chris Pronger (Edmonton Oilers) in a battle for possession behind the goal. He sent a pass out to Selanne for an open shot at the goal.

Kapanen scored just minutes later when a shot by Kimmo Timonen (Nashville Predators) was tipped by Ville Niemenin (New York Rangers) off the back boards. The puck came to Kapanen for a tip in past Team Canada goalie Roberto Luongo (Florida Panthers).

Even without superstar Peter Forsberg (Flyers), Sweden was able to hold off a late comeback by the United States.

Rick DiPietro (New York Islanders) made 24 saves but two goals allowed were enough to hand the Americans their second loss.

Sweden's Daniel Alfredsson (Ottawa Senators) opened the game's scoring at 7:50 of the first period, flipping a shot over the sprawling DiPietro.

Mike Modano (Stars) scored late in the period on a delayed penalty to tie the game but that was all the scoring the Americans would get.

At 4:22 of the third, Mikael Samuelsson (Detroit Red Wings) kicked the rebound of a shot by Alfredsson from his skate to his stick and banged it into the net for the eventual game-winner.

Canada is now 2-2-0 in the tournament and will advance to the quarterfinal round. The United States is 1-2-1 and can advance with a tie or win against Russia, a Latvian loss, or even a Latvian win in some cases.

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Scoring starts earlier today than yesterday against Slovakia. The Swedes are coming on hard and aren't making a lot of mistakes.

Interesting to see that the Swedes have three Wings out as a forward unit on the PP.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 2/19/2006 at 11:30 AM

 

Surprising to see the US fail twice with the 5-on-3. Can't afford to blow those chances.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 2/19/2006 at 12:33 PM

 

Ugh, who's surprised to see Hatcher flopping around leaving Samuelsson wide open for the rebound goal?

Posted by YzerFan19 on 2/19/2006 at 12:56 PM

 

DiPietro stayed in net way too long at the end there. The US had an opening where a rebound was sitting for a long time in the right circle but didn't have the extra attacker out to get to it.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 2/19/2006 at 1:20 PM

 

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