Monday, December 28, 2015

Danes overpowered

Dylan Strome and Mitch Marner scored two points each when Canada beat Denmark 6-1 and despite Denmark grabbing the lead early on, the Canadians never had to worry about not beating Denmark. 
Canada outshot Denmark 56-11. 
But the beauty of hockey is that the game was tied at one after the first period. 
"It was the most fun game I've ever played, I think," Seldrup said. "Canada's a great team."
Team Canada's head coach Dave Lowry was happy with the way his team generated offense in the game against Denmark, something they had focused on before the game. 
"We wanted to get more pucks to the net, that was the problem in our first game [against Team USA]. Every goalie in this tournament is great when they see the puck," said Marner.
Goaltender Mathias Seldrup probably knew he’d be having a busy night when the coach told him he’d play Denmark’s game against Canada, but he probably couldn’t foresee just how much he’d have to work to keep the pucks out of the net. 
Canada thought they had scored their first goal just 20 seconds into the game, but a video review showed that the puck hadn’t crossed the goal line. Denmark spent most of the time in their own zone, but with 7:11 remaining in the period, they dumped the puck into Canada’s zone, Mathias From beat the Canadian defensemen to it, went around the net and passed the puck across the crease to other side, and Alexander True gave Denmark the lead in the game. 
The Danes got to enjoy the lead for only 63 seconds when Canada capitalized on Denmark’s poor line change and converted it into a 3-on-1 attack. Matt Barzal and Rourke Chartier played the puck to Anthony Beauvillier who had nothing but the net in front of him, and didn’t miss it.
"After that first goal we mnaged to get the game back into our hands and we played well the rest of the way. Of course you always want to score the first goal, but we bounced back," said John Quenneville. 
Just 1:14 into the third period, Canada grabbed the lead for the first time and never let go. Mitch Marner took a shot from the slot, the puck hit a Danish defenseman’s stick to John Quenneville who sent it into Denmark’s net. 
Four minutes later, Matt Barzal scored Canada’s third goal with a laser from the faceoff dot on powerplay. 
And then, in the next shift, Canada scored again. Travis Konecny carried the puck to Denmark’s zone, deked a defenseman, skated around the net and then passed to the far post where Lawson Crouse tapped it in.
Halfway through the period, Canada got their second powerplay opportunity. While they peppered Seldrup with shots, they couldn’t beat him. Not on powerplay. Just as the announcement of both teams playing with full strength echoed inside the Helsinki old arena, Dylan Strome sent a long pass from the corner to Marner in front of the net, and he shot Canada’s fifth goal and collected his second point of the night. 
Speldrup wasn't the only one out there having fun. 
"I think our whole team was having fun. It's nice to get the confidence back after the U.S. game," Marner said. 
Canada recorded their 50th shot of the night halfway through the third period during another powerplay. Brendan Perlini had a great chance right at the doorstep, but Seldrup made another great save. 
Unfortunately for him, the 51st shot went in. 
Strome got the puck in high slot, went around a Danish defenseman, and fired it top shelf on Seldrup’s blocker side to give Canada a five-goal lead at 9:32 into the third period. 
With nine minutes remaining, Denmark got their third delaying of the game penalty for shooting the puck over the boards, but Canada couldn’t capitalize on that chance.
Instead, Speldrup made his 52nd save of the game. 
Canada is going to take on Switzerland tomorrow. 
"We like winning, we had great depth, and it's nice to go into a new game with confidence," Marner said. 
Denmark has a day off on Tuesday. On Wednesday, they will take on their Scandinavian neighbor, Sweden. 

No comments: