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World Juniors: Bruins’ Subban stands tall, Canada edges USA

Dec 30, 2012, 9:24 AM EDT

Malcolm Subban

Team USA challenged Canadian goaltender Malcolm Subban early and often, but no one could get anything by the Boston Bruins prospect until USA’s Jacob Trouba finally netted a power-play goal with 8:58 remaining in regulation time. That proved to be too little, too late.

Subban turned aside 36 of 37 shots as Team Canada earned a critical 2-1 victory against Team USA.

“Outstanding,” Edmonton Oilers forward Ryan Nugent-Hopkins said of Subban, according to TSN. “There’s not much else you can say there. He was there from the first minute to the last and with goaltending like that, you get that much more comfortable up front.”

Nugent-Hopkins and Ryan Strome accounted for Team Canada’s two goals Saturday. Although he ultimately recorded the loss, Anaheim Ducks prospect John Gibson deserves credit for keeping this game close and stopping 30 Canadian shots.

After winning three straight games, Team Canada has guaranteed themselves a spot in the playoffs. They will face Russia on Monday to conclude the preliminary round schedule and can advance directly to the semifinals with a win.

Team USA will compete against Slovakia at 5:00 a.m. ET (the game will be live streamed on and the winner of that match will advance to the quarterfinals while the loser will be sent to the relegation round. Team USA ended up in the relegation round last year and went into this tournament hoping to avoid a similar fate.

  1. murtdurt - Dec 30, 2012 at 9:42 AM

    Pump pump

  2. zetaone - Dec 30, 2012 at 9:43 AM

    You thought Bruins/Habs games were contentious before? Wait until little Subban starts in goal for them lol.

    • zetaone - Dec 30, 2012 at 9:52 AM

      That is, unless The Leafs want to trade Boston two 1st round draft picks for him :/

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Dec 30, 2012 at 11:56 AM

        No, the Leafs are all about giving Boston goalies (see: Rask, Tuukka).

  3. id4joey - Dec 30, 2012 at 9:53 AM

    Subban played very well, as did Gibson for USA. Subban will have to do a better job controlling rebounds. Too many of the rebounds end up in front of the net rather than to the sides of the net. I’m sure this is something he can master with the proper coaching, and when he does he will become an outstanding NHL goalie.

    • theawesomersfranchise - Dec 30, 2012 at 12:23 PM

      No doubt you were up to watch the game, most old timers are up at 5am and in bed by 8pm.

      • id4joey - Dec 30, 2012 at 12:36 PM

        Brilliant post! I knew coming here I would read some interesting opinions about hockey. BTW, have you ever heard of the PVR? It is a consumer electronics device or application software that records video in a digital format to a disk drive, USB flash drive, SD memory card or other local or networked mass storage device. Did that just fly way over your head young man? It was invented in 1999, so I’m at least 12 years old. Stop chasing your cousins and sisters and get an education.

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