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.
Dallas Stars captain Jamie Benn had a second hip surgery done on Monday in New York and according to The Dallas Morning News, could begin skating in August.
Benn joins Trevor Daley, Ales Hemsky, Valeri Nichushkin and John Klingberg as Stars players who have undergone hip surgeries over the last year.
So what’s with all the hip surgeries in Dallas?
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.
Patrick Wiercioch tied it and Tyler Ennis scored the winner, as Canada fought back to defeat Sweden, 6-4, today at the world hockey championship in Prague.
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.