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Team USA gets payback, beats Canada 5-1; Will play Sweden for gold Saturday

Jan 3, 2013, 9:10 AM EDT

Ryan Hartman; Mark McNeill AP

For what was set up to be another memorable World Juniors rematch between Team USA and Team Canada, it wound up being a laugher Thursday in Ufa, Russia.

Team USA jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead after the first period thanks to captain Jake McCabe and ran away up 4-0 after two on their way to a 5-1 win over Canada to earn a spot in Saturday’s gold-medal game of the World Junior Championships.

McCabe, a defenseman from the University of Wisconsin, seemingly took his role as team captain seriously getting the Americans out in front to stay, and it was Boston College’s Johnny Gaudreau scoring twice while Harvard’s Jimmy Vesey added another to lead the offense.

Team USA was able to chase Canadian starting goalie Malcolm Subban from the game after he allowed four goals on 16 shots. Backup Jordan Binnington would do well in relief stopping 25 out of 26, giving up only a third period goal to Gaudreau. Meanwhile, Kitchener Rangers star goalie John Gibson played a memorable third period to make it all stand up for the U.S.

With their backs against the wall, Canada brought everything they had in the final period pouring 16 shots on goal. The only one to slip past Gibson was a shorthanded goal from Ty Rattie, but it would be the only blemish on Gibson’s day as Team USA got a bit of payback after losing to Canada in the opening round of the tournament.

Team USA will face Sweden in Saturday’s gold-medal game. The Swedes beat host Russia, 3-2 in a shootout, in the other semifinal.

Meanwhile, Canada will face Russia for bronze.

  1. upyourstodd - Jan 3, 2013 at 9:16 AM

    So much for that Bruins goaltending depth…..Anton Khudobin smiling wide.

    • nhbsfan - Jan 3, 2013 at 9:39 AM

      Yeah…because one game clearly determines how the guys career will go.

      It would be just as accurate as saying he is destined to be in the HOF after the game where he stoned everyone with like 37 saves.

      • lordfletcher - Jan 3, 2013 at 10:32 AM

        In a 5-1 game you are questioning the goaltending ??? WOW, maybe you should have watched the game. USA flat out dominated, out skated and in every way brought it to team Canada. Subban didn’t have a chance today… USA’s Gibson played very well again and this has helped our D jump into the zone and create more goals from Defencemen (I think we now have 10 or so goals from our D in this tourney???)…

        USA USA USA .. I hope we beat the Russians at home or SWE … Gold baby here we come

    • pastabelly - Jan 3, 2013 at 10:52 AM

      I don’t think Subban was expecting to be on the Bruins roster until two or three years down the line. Your comment is pathetic.

  2. tfaltin - Jan 3, 2013 at 9:28 AM

    U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A!

    I was really impressed with the Americans approach to that game. They used their bodies down low to possess the puck and limit the skill of the Canadien forwards. J.T. Miller definitely won his matchup against RNH and his line, and that was a huge factor. After the group play game I thought the U.S. could pull out a win against Canada, but I did not think they could race to a 4-0 lead and finish 5-1.

    Late in the game the Canadiens lived up to Yakupov’s dirty-play statement and put their knees out a couple times. Must have been frustrating to get billed up like Team Canada was, and then get beat (outworked and outskilled) that badly in the biggest moment…

    • badintent - Jan 5, 2013 at 2:07 AM

      The Canadian team did win the most suspensions in a world junior event. Goon hockey is OK for third or fourth line jobs in the NHL. Way to go beavertails ! The line for skating lessons starts in the back .

  3. blackskimmer - Jan 3, 2013 at 9:35 AM

    goal tending wins cups and tournaments, suban was way too deep in his crease all the time, simply awful at that level. Gibson was amazing stood on his head, 33/34 shots and a lot were very hard stops. We managed to protect suban the whole tourney but u need your tender to come through with big saves he never did.

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jan 3, 2013 at 10:59 AM

      Subban couldn’t even see the puck on the first two goals and they were all the US needed. This had nothing to do with goaltending and everything to do with the entire Canadian team sleepwalking (sleepskating?) through the first 40 minutes.

  4. augsburg12 - Jan 3, 2013 at 9:52 AM

    The Canadian team lost to a better trained Canadian team. Congratulations Team
    U. S.A you deserved the win. Now go out and win the gold. Maybe next year the tournament will be on American Television So your country can watch

    • macjacmccoy - Jan 3, 2013 at 10:13 AM

      It is on American tv. I watched last night.

    • badintent - Jan 5, 2013 at 2:13 AM

      Did they broadcast this to Labs and Newfoundlands ?? Or did Danny Williams have them succeed and save the oil $$$$ ?? You do know that some NYC banks have bought that part of your country ? It was part of the Oil Sands deal that saw Alberta being bought out by the Seven Sisters Oil companies( welcome to Texas). Have another dount !

  5. nycheesehead - Jan 3, 2013 at 9:57 AM

    Love beating those damn Canucks! Go USA!!!

  6. pastabelly - Jan 3, 2013 at 10:01 AM

    Geaudreau is amazingly talented. I don’t think his height will hold him back.

  7. zetaone - Jan 3, 2013 at 10:07 AM

    It’ll be funny when Canada loses the bronze to Sweden

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jan 3, 2013 at 11:10 AM

      Yeah, because it can’t happen. If you told me a week ago Canada would be playing Russia for a bronze medal I’d have laughed in your face. Anything can happen in this tourny and it usually does. That’s why it’s awesome.

  8. 13datsyuk13 - Jan 3, 2013 at 10:17 AM

    Go USA Hockey!

  9. blackskimmer - Jan 3, 2013 at 10:39 AM

    4 goals on 16 shots does speak well of a tender who to be honest shouldn’t have won the starting job. He was blatantly out played in the camp and preliminary round. It wasn’t only his fault, but he certainly was a contributing factor. To all those Americans blasting us Canadians over this, just win a few more titles and Olympics before u talk. that being said I hope u win over Sweden, I really like truba dynamite player, jets stole him in the draft.

    • duster1982 - Jan 3, 2013 at 11:32 AM

      I dont see any Americans “blasting” and Canadians over this. Maybe some harmless boasting, but that’s it.

      Also, where’d you get that Delorean at? Cause youre clearly living in the past.

  10. bruinsfan19 - Jan 3, 2013 at 10:44 AM

    Big USA fan and bruins fan but Subban is still a top of the line goalie prospect

  11. bruinsfan19 - Jan 3, 2013 at 10:47 AM

    One bad game doesn’t predict an 18 year old nhl career

  12. boondocksaint7 - Jan 3, 2013 at 10:50 AM

    USA! USA! USA!!!

  13. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jan 3, 2013 at 11:05 AM

    Canada came out with one of the more pathetic efforts I’ve seen, but that’s not to take away anything from the US. The beat Canada up and down the ice all game and that Gibson kid is world class. Every time it looked like Canada might get one back and get in the game he came up big.

    That bye to the semis has been a death sentence for Canada in recent years. Glad it won’t exist next year. Also a good thing that Sweden is in the final because the moral dilemma of considering cheering for Russia would have been too much.

  14. acieu - Jan 3, 2013 at 11:13 AM

    What was the rationale on the goal Canada was awarded that went in after the whistle?

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jan 3, 2013 at 11:17 AM

      That was one of the most bizarre things I’ve ever seen. Same goes for the TSN commentators, who also couldn’t figure it out. “It should be a goal…but it shouldn’t be” sums it up nicely. Just a terrible job of officiating.

    • tfaltin - Jan 3, 2013 at 12:50 PM

      It’s a pretty hysterical replay. You can see the ref bring the whistle to his lips before the scoring shot is even released. It’s as if the decision makers there realized they were damned if they called it a goal (because it’s obvious the whistle blew) and damned if they didn’t (because it should have been a goal) and elected to award it. According to the rules it’s not a goal, but I have no issue with the outcome because it was a terrible whistle, and the kid earned the goal.

  15. buddysguys - Jan 3, 2013 at 11:29 AM

    Sabres prospects looking pretty good in the WJC….i like that.

    • jtrain1966 - Jan 4, 2013 at 12:59 AM

      The same could be said for the Blues prospects . I thought from the sounds of pre tournament commentating that Binnington was gonna have the job for Team Canada, & they way underutilized Rattie in the game vs. the U.S. With that being said : I did not see this coming, a game being billed as a goaltenders dual, turned out be a complete dominating performance by Team USA ! I would’ve figured Team Canada would do this but not Team USA, not to take anything away from them but, Gibson was the only reason why Team USA didn’t get laughed out of the building the first time they met in the tournament !

    • thedavesiknowiknow - Jan 4, 2013 at 1:16 AM

      Definitely. I went in (probably like most Sabres fans) most interested in Grigorenko/Armia. Neither blew me away. McCabe was barely on my radar. Solid pick in hindsight, and yet another young D to look forward to down the road. They really have drafted great the past 3-4 years.

  16. beelza - Jan 3, 2013 at 12:06 PM

    Let’s be very clear, the Americans had absolutely nothing to do with their win over Canada. For starters, it was completely unfair that the Canadians were forced to take yesterday off, whilest the Americans played 6 games in 8 days.The forced rest cost Canada a shot at gold. The Russians sabotaged the ice somehow, rendering the Canadians slow, flat-footed, out of position. Johnathon Quick was secretly in goal for the American’s, wearing a USA Gibson jersey.

    • woodstakes - Jan 4, 2013 at 1:01 AM

      LoL at all the thumbs down… I’m pretty sure it was sarcasm folks.. but I could be wrong.

      • beelza - Jan 4, 2013 at 8:32 AM

        LOL, you’re correct. I should leave the cynical sarcasm for the poets.

    • jtrain1966 - Jan 6, 2013 at 1:47 AM

      I would figure after 1980, the Russians would want no part in helping the Americans ! LOL !

  17. bakerbaker19 - Jan 3, 2013 at 12:22 PM

    Sweep the Leg Johnny!

  18. bostonboy82 - Jan 3, 2013 at 12:42 PM

    Team Canada sucked. Team USA was better in every way. and leave Canada’s goalie alone, he wasn’t the only one to have a bad game.

  19. nyrnashty - Jan 3, 2013 at 6:54 PM

    Like I said last week it’s just a prospect tournament, they’re just little kids with another opportunity to play to showcase their talent to their NHL clubs. America and Canada run joint ops together in every war. At the end of the day hockey is just a silly game, just like any other sport, so settle down. No need for Canadians and Americans to fight with each other over the internet haha. JT Miller had 2 assists solid game for him #NYR

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