U.S. tops Canada in OT at worlds
HELSINKI -- Jack Johnson scored his second goal of the game 1:47 into overtime to give the United States a 5-4 victory over Canada on Saturday in the hockey world championships.
In the other Group A game, Switzerland beat Kazakhstan 5-1.
In Stockholm in Group B, Evgeni Malkin scored twice in Russia's opening 5-2 victory over Latvia, and Detroit teammates Johan Franzen and Niklas Kronwall scored to help Sweden improve to 2-0 with a 4-1 victory over the Czech Republic.
It didn't take the Americans long to show Canada that a tough test was in store.
Slater skated into the offensive zone and ripped a shot past Ward at 1:10 of the first period. The Winnipeg forward celebrated with an exuberant fist pump. The Canadians quickly got that back when Keith feathered a pass to Tavares, who outwaited Howard to tie it at 6:38.
Even after Skinner got his first goal of the tournament at 7:34 of the second to make it 2-1 for Canada, the Americans continued to have the best scoring chances. Ward made a nice pad stop on a J.T. Brown chance and denied Paul Stastny from in close.
Johnson eventually broke through on a power play. The U.S. captain and Columbus player scored on a high wrist shot with 6:06 left to make it 2-2 heading to the third period.
Dwyer put the Americans back ahead at 6:43 of the third, collecting a turnover behind the goal and stuffing it past Ward, his teammate with Carolina.
Kane tied it just over 3 minutes later with a nice wrist shot that Howard got a piece of.
It looked as though the U.S. would claim victory in regulation when Thompson swatted a puck behind Ward with less than 4 minutes to go, but Keith tied it up again with 1:39 left with a slap shot through traffic.
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