Friday, May 04, 2012
Second period goals from Edmonton Oilers winger Jordan Eberle and Winnipeg Jets captain Andrew Ladd helped Team Canada edge Slovakia 3-2, in both teams opening game of the 2012 World Championships. Jamie Benn was the other Canadian marksman to beat Peter Hamerlik in the Slovakian goal, while Everett Silvertips highly touted prospect Ryan Murray made his much anticipated debut playing alongside Chicago Blackhawks blueliner Duncan Keith. On the negative side of the ledger, Canada lost the services of Vancouver Canucks forward Alex Burrows midway through the second period to an apparent concussion, after an on ice collision resulted in the feisty winger slamming his head hard on the ice. The focus will now shift to Team USA, as Canada will prepare to faceoff against their border rivals on Saturday morning and look to stay perfect through the first two round robin games.
With Team Canada set to kick off their World Championships schedule against Slovakia on Friday morning on TSN at 9am Eastern, I felt it would be as good a time as any to see what this team has in the cupboard for this year's tournament. It would also allow us to have a look and try and figure out what roles that the Edmonton Oilers Jordan Eberle and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins might be in, along with netminder Devan Dubnyk.
Monday, April 30, 2012
While Team Canada wasn't at their best in beating Switzerland 2-1 in a pre-tournament tuneup for the 2012 World Hockey Championship, Edmonton Oilers star winger Jordan Eberle did what he always seems to do when he pulls on a Canada jersey...score big goals. The Oilers leading scorer managed to first tie the game up with 0.8 seconds remaining in regulation and then score the winner in the shootout, leading Canada to the win. The game marked the clubs first game action, as they prepare for their opening game on Friday morning against Slovakia.