After winning 7-2 vs the French on Friday the US took on Medal favorite Canada this afternoon. Lapeer MI, native Jim Slater (Winnipeg- MSU) opened the scoring 1 minute into the game. In what turned out to be a back and forth game all night Canada's John Tavares (NY Islanders) answered with a goal 5 mins later.
In the second period Canada opened the scoring when Jeff Skinner (Carolina) scored 7 minutes into the period. This time it was the USA who answered, when Captain Jack Johnson (Columbus- MICHIGAN) scored his first of the night.
Going into the third the game was tied 2-2. The USA took it's second lead of the night when Patrick Dwyer (Carolina) scored on a wrap around shorthanded. Again Canada took little time answering, just 3 mins later Evander Kane (Winnipeg) evened the score at 3-3. The USA took a 4-3 lead with only 3 minutes remaining when Nate Thompson (Tampa Bay) scored on a doorstep goal, after great work behind the net by Joey Crabb (Toronto- Colorado College). But Canada was not done, Duncan Keith (Chicago) scored less and 90 seconds later evening the score again at 4-4.
The game changing moment occured ironicaly with 1 second left in regulation. When John Tavares was called for delay of game when he lifted the puck over the glass in his own end. The USA started OT on a powerplay, and maintained control in the Canada end the entire 2 minutes. With twelve second remaining on the power play Jack Johnson let a wrist shot go from the top of the circles, beating Cam Ward (Carolina) five hole for the game winner.
Winning goalie Jimmy Howard (Detroit- Maine) made 30 saves while Cam Ward made 41 saves in the losing effort.
The USA next takes on Slovakia on Monday at 1:15 EST. The win over Canada was just the third win all time in the World Championships.