In 2010, the Canadians took home gold after defeating the U.S. in the final game of the Vancouver Games. In 2014, they ended Team USA’s bid for a gold or silver medal by knocking them out in the semifinals.
The latest was on Tuesday night in Toronto, with Canada knocking the Americans out of playoff contention with a 4-2 victory in the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.
Team Canada guaranteed that they, along with Team Europe, will advance to the semifinals. This means that the other teams in Group A, Team USA and Team Czech Republic (who will play each other on Thursday), cannot mathematically advance.
There are still some things to sort out for Group B, as no one has been mathematically eliminated as of yet.
“Our objective was to win (Tuesday),” Team Canada defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic told WCH2016.com after the game. “Now we’re looking to (Wednesday). We wanted to get in the semifinals. We did it. Now we want to finish first in our group.”
The U.S. team, who was shut out in their first contest against Team Europe, ended an international play shutout streak that lasted 202 minutes and 21 seconds for the first goal of Tuesday’s game. At 4:22, U.S. defenseman Ryan McDonagh punched a loose puck past Canadian netminder Carey Price to not only put the Americans on top early, but score the first goal of the tournament for his country.
Team USA came out of the gates playing the best hockey they’ve played thus far. The goal symbolized this hard work and it had to take weight off the shoulders of the American squad.
But Canada didn’t let that feeling last long.
Just 1:29 after McDonagh’s goal, Canadian forwards Matt Duchene and Corey Perry scored 14 seconds apart to put their team up 2-1 just 6:05 into the contest.
Duchene added another goal at 12:07 of the first period after Americans Erik Johnson and Max Pacioretty combined for a disastrous turnover in the defensive zone. Duchene had a partial break and slipped the puck through Quick’s legs for a 3-1 Canada lead.
Another mishap occurred to put Canada up 4-1 in the second period. John Tavares’ centering feed hit off Patrice Bergeron’s skate, then ricocheted off of McDonagh’s skate and into the net.
U.S. forward T.J. Oshie scored off a broken play with 2:32 remaining in regulation, but it wasn’t enough for the American squad.
“It’s disappointing, frustrating, all different types of emotions,” said John Tortorella, USA’s head coach. “I think we let some people down. It’s on my watch. I certainly feel responsible for that. It’s really disappointing.”
Team Canada will play Team Europe Wednesday at 8 ET to close out each team’s preliminary games.
Team USA will face Team Czech Republic on Thursday at 8 ET. This game will mark the end of the preliminary round for all eight teams.
Canada’s Domination Through Time
Over the years, Canada has been USA’s biggest enemy. This was the latest in the Canadians’ domination of the Americans.
- Canada is now 9-3-1 against the USA in Canada Cups and World Cups. All of Canada’s losses occurred in the inaugural World Cup of Hockey in 1996, when Team USA won the championship.
- Canada’s lone win against the U.S. in the 2004 World Cup was by a 2-1 score. It was the opening game of the tournament.
The U.S. team isn’t the only one feeling Canada’s wrath. The Canadians have a long history of running the international show.
- Canada has outscored their opponents in this tournament 10-2.
- Canada won the 2004 World Cup.
- Canada has won gold in three of the last four Winter Games, as well as the last two World Championships.
- In the Winter Games, Canada, in total, has tallied nine gold medals, four silver medals and two bronze medals. Their gold medal count is the most of any country.
- In the World Championships, Canada has amassed 26 gold medals, 13 silver medals and eight bronze medals.
- They won four of five possible Canada Cups and were the victors of the 1972 Summit Series.
Feature photo courtesy Raitis Freimanis | Flickr
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