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Canada beats U.S. at World Juniors, claims top spot in group

Dec 31, 2013, 2:24 PM EDT

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Ottawa draftee Curtis Lazar scored the game-winner as Canada defeated the U.S. 3-2 in World Junior action on Tuesday, clinching top spot in Group A in the process.

Lazar, taken 17th overall at the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, converted a Jonathan Drouin pass in the third period to give the Canadians a 3-1 lead, which was cut to one when Devils forward Stefan Matteau scored late in regulation.

Canada also got goals from Conor McDavid and Nic Petan — who had two goals in Canada’s 5-3 win over Slovakia on Monday — while Riley Barber scored the other American tally.

With the win, the Canadians will now face the fourth-place team from Group B in the tournament quarterfinals. The Americans, who finished second in Group A, will take on the third-place team in Group B.

  1. joey4id - Dec 31, 2013 at 2:44 PM

    Both teams played very well, and it was an entertaining game. The type of game which reminds you why hockey is such a fun sport to watch. And no fights. Go figure. Who could have thunk that great hockey can be seen w/o fights.

    • elvispocomo - Dec 31, 2013 at 2:48 PM

      IIHF rules for suspensions and penalties in tournament play. What player would be dumb enough to risk sitting out the rest of the games by going after a guy with a headshot or similar illegal move? If the NHL could figure that out, with stiff penalties in the regular season, then there’d be a reduction in illegal plays and all but eliminate the need for enforcers.

      • joey4id - Dec 31, 2013 at 2:52 PM

        Elvis, I’m very well aware of the IIHF rules. It was a sarcastic comment followed by a rhetorical question. I’ve been advocating for a ban on fighting since learning about CTE.

      • elvispocomo - Dec 31, 2013 at 2:58 PM

        Oh, I’m aware. Might as well get a well thought out comment in there first though before someone posts the ubiquitous, “but fighting prevents injuries to star players!”

      • spiciercheez - Dec 31, 2013 at 2:58 PM

        Oh, you can get CTE from watching fights?

  2. lowenni - Dec 31, 2013 at 3:50 PM

    Riley Barber is looking like a total steal for the Caps. 6th rounder in 2012, and now he’s an All-American, captain of the US team, and one of the Caps best prospects. Kid’s got a bright future.

    • c9castine - Jan 1, 2014 at 12:02 AM

      hopefully he gets dealt or something would hate to see a pittsburgh kid playing for the caps. but a bright future for sure projects as a strong 2nd-3rd line scoring/checking forward with leadership abilities and smarts.

      usa dominated the first period canada didn’t even look like they were in the same league. things definitely evened out after that. well see them again in the gold game.

  3. tragicallyripped - Dec 31, 2013 at 10:23 PM

    I’m not sure about availability of these games down in the States, but WJC games are as good as it gets. For entertainment, only the Olympics can compare. That is if you can wait every four years to see them

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Dec 31, 2013 at 10:33 PM

      I love the WJC, especially when it’s in N.America. Most of the US and Canada games are shown live on the NHL channel in the US, though that’s not exactly prime time with it in Sweden this time. That will also be a problem in Sochi in Feb.

    • c9castine - Jan 1, 2014 at 12:05 AM

      we get all the games. i love the WJCS one of my favorite hockey events of the year. i would say stanley cup playoffs, olympics, and then wjcs are some of the best hockey you can hope to watch.

      theres so much work and time and blood and sweat put into winning a stanley cup. but the international events provide some of the best hockey you can hope to see.

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