For the second consecutive year the Canadians struggled with France at the World Hockey Championship.
Last year France shocked Canada with a shootout victory in the tournament opener.
On Saturday the Canadians managed to hang on for a 4-3 victory despite a late rally by the French.
With the win, Canada has secured a spot in the quarterfinal.
“It seems like every year there’s a game where you’re in a real fight to get the puck in the net,” said Jordan Eberle per IIHF.com. “You have to find a way to win, and today we did that with our power play.”
Tyler Seguin scored twice and Eberle had the other as the Canadians lead 3-1 after 40 minutes.
Yorick Treille and Damien Fleury scored third period goals 35 seconds apart tying it 3-3.
Eberle’s second of the game less than three minutes later stood to be the winner, as the Canadians remain undefeated at the tournament following a fifth straight victory.
Canada’s next game comes Sunday against Switzerland.
Mike Heika reports it’s part of a philosophical change the Stars are embracing.
Here’s more from his story:
Benn has suffered from femoroacetabular impingement (FAI), or bone spurs that form on the head of the femur. The spurs irritate and can cut the labrum in the hip socket, and that can cause pain. Benn battled through the pain with shots, off days and grit, but the surgeries should help prevent that going forward.
“They are starting to figure out a correlation between FAI, sports hernias, groin pain and labral tears,” said Stars’ head athletic trainer Dave Zeis. “There’s no doubt we’re concerned, and we’re researching everything we can. I think you can attack it aggressively, or you can bury your head in the sand and say they are manageable, organizationally.
“The question is when do you intervene? We feel we have more information, and we feel we’re going to learn even more going forward.”
If all goes well, Benn, who was named a finalist for the Ted Lindsay Award this week, could be ready for the start of the season.
Canada improved to 4-0-0 with the victory, while Sweden suffered its first loss of group play.
The Swedes got off to a dream start, opening a 3-0 lead in the first period. But Canada tied it with three straight of their own in the second, before the Swedes took a 4-3 lead into the third.
In the final frame, Canada’s dangerous attack just couldn’t be contained. Weircioch scored at 10:24 on a pass from Sidney Crosby. Then, less than three minutes later, on a Canadian power play, Ennis beat Anders Nilsson high on the glove side to make it 5-4.
Tyler Seguin would add an empty-netter.
Canada’s next game is Saturday versus France. Sweden takes on Germany tomorrow.
Price, Benn, Ovechkin named Lindsay Award finalists
Dallas captain Jamie Benn, Washington captain Alex Ovechkin and Montreal goalie Carey Price have been named the nominees for this year’s Ted Lindsay Award, presented annually to the league’s Most Outstanding Player as voted by the players.
Benn played in all 82 regular season games for the Dallas Stars in 2014-15. Benn captured the Art Ross Trophy for leading the league in points (87), which he won with a four-point game – including his second hat-trick of the season – on the final night of the regular season.
Ovechkin played 81 games for the Washington Capitals during the 2014-15 regular season, and helped lead the Capitals back into the playoffs in the Eastern Conference. Ovechkin scored 53 goals to capture his fifth Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy, and he became the sixth NHL player to record six career 50-goal seasons.
Price layed 66 games for the Montreal Canadiens during the 2014-15 regular season, and helped lead the Canadiens to the second best record in the NHL. Price led the league in wins (44), goals-against average (1.96) and save percentage (.933), which earned him finalist nominations for the Hart Memorial Trophy and the Vezina Trophy.
This is the first Lindsay nomination for both Benn and Price, while Ovechkin is looking to capture the award for the fourth time in his career. The Russian sniper last won it in 2010; he also took home the trophy in ’09 and ’08, when it was known as the Lester B. Pearson.
Interesting to note that while both Ovechkin and Price were nominated for this year’s Hart Trophy as league MVP, the third finalist — John Tavares — failed to make the cut for the Lindsay.