Game Summary
Canada 6 - Sweden 2


REGINA – An exhibition victory over Sweden came with a small scare for Canada's world junior team.

Forward Taylor Hall, a candidate to be the top draft pick in 2010, left late in the first period of Canada's 6-2 victory on Sunday night when he banged his knee after being knocked down in front of Sweden's net.

Coach Willie Desjardins said Hall was kept out of the final two periods as a precaution.

“He's good, he just banged his knee a little bit, he probably would've played in any other game, if we were later on in the tournament he would've kept playing,” Desjardins said. “It was just precautionary, he'll be fine.”

Before going off, Hall started an offensive outburst as Canada had goals from six different players in a scrappy game played before 6,195 at Brandt Centre.

“There was a lot of doubts about scoring and that on our team and I think we showed tonight that everybody is capable of it,” defenceman Alex Pietrangelo said after the game. “We've got four lines that can all play, they could all be first lines.”

Hall opened the scoring for Canada, beating a Swedish defenceman just over the blue-line before knocking a rebound behind Jacob Markstrom at 10:48 of the first period.

Jordan Caron, Brandon Kozun, Travis Hamonic, Ryan Ellis and Jordan Eberle also scored goals for Canada, which opens the world junior tournament on Dec. 26 against Latvia in Saskatoon. Nazem Kadri added three assists and Jake Allen made 30 saves.

“I just wanted to get my feet wet and take it step by step, game by game,” Allen said.

Carl Klingberg and Jakob Silfverberg replied with third-period goals for Sweden.

Canada built a comfortable 4-0 lead after two periods. Caron beat Markstrom to the five-hole, Kozun finished a pretty three-way passing play from Kadri and Gabriel Bourque and Hamonic scored with a shot through traffic.

After Ellis scored on the power play to make it 5-0 early in the third period, Klingberg ended Allen's shutout bid at 13:39. Eberle and Silfverberg traded goals before the final buzzer.

Desjardins lauded Allen's performance after the game.

“He played unreal,” Desjardins said. “There were two or three real big saves. It was a lot closer game than 6-2.”

Officials handed out 23 penalties, including eight for roughing and two misconducts, and broke up close to a half dozen skirmishes after whistles.

Pietrangelo, a returnee from last year's team and current member of the NHL's St. Louis Blues, said he wasn't surprised by the scrappiness.

“It has become a rivalry, you can't argue that,” Pietrangelo said.

“We do need to work on our discipline but we did send a message.”

Game Information/Renseignements sur le match
Event/Événement 2010 World Juniors Location/Emplacement Regina, Sask.
Date Sun. Dec. 20, 2009 Arena/Aréna Brandt Centre
Time/Heure 7:00 pm CT Attendance/Assistance -,---
Round/Ronde Exhibition Game #/No du match 01

Box Score/Compte

First Period/Première période

Goals/Buts :
10:48 CAN Taylor Hall (Greg Nemisz, Calvin de Haan)
16:29 CAN Jordan Caron (Patrice Cormier, Marco Scandella)
18 :44 CAN Brandon Kozun (Gabriel Bourque, Nazem Kadri)

Penalties/Pénalités :
00:29 CAN Stefan Della Rovere (Roughing/Rudesse)
00:29 SWE Martin Lundberg (Roughing/Rudesse)
05:44 SWE Daniel Brodin (Roughing/Rudesse)
13:28 CAN Travis Hamonic (Interference/Obstruction)
14:00 SWE Tim Erixon (Interference/Obstruction)
14:11 SWE Mattias Tedenby (Cross-checking/Double-echec)
19:06 SWE Tim Erixon (Interference/Obstruction)
20:00 CAN Alex Pietrangelo (Slashing/Coup de bâton)

Second Period/Deuxième période

Goals/Buts :
03:10 CAN Travis Hamonic (Luke Adam) PP/AN

Penalties/Pénalités :
01:00 SWE Marcus Johansson (Hooking/Accrocher)
02:53 SWE Anton Lander (High-sticking/Baton élevé)
07:06 CAN Alex Pietrangelo (Hooking/Accrocher)
09:55 CAN Nazem Kadri (Roughing/Rudesse)
09:55 SWE Mattias Ekholm (Roughing/Rudesse)
11:35 CAN Stefan Della Rovere (Interference/Obstruction)
17:50 CAN Ryan Ellis (Roughing/Rudesse)

Third Period/Troisième période

Goals/Buts :
03:25 CAN Ryan Ellis (Jordan Eberle, Nazem Kadri) PP/AN
13:39 SWE Carl Klingberg (Magnus Paajarvi Svensson, Marcus Johansson)
14:34 CAN Jordan Eberle (Alex Pietrangelo, Nazem Kadri) PP/AN
15:24 SWE Jacob Silfverberg (Oliver Ekman Larsson, Anton Rodin)

Penalties/Pénalités :
02:54 SWE Daniel Brodin (Roughing/Rudesse)
05:23 CAN Marco Scandella (Hooking/Accrocher)
09:19 SWE Mattias Tedenby (Interference/Obstruction)
14:07 SWE Mattias Ekholm (Holding/Retenir)
19:22 CAN Jordan Caron (Slashing/Coup de bâton)
19:22 SWE Oliver Ekman Larsson (Misconduct/Inconduite)
19:22 CAN Stefan Della Rovere (Misconduct/Inconduite)
19:41 SWE Jakob Silfverberg (Roughing/Rudesse)

Goaltenders CAN Jake Allen (12/12)
Gardiens de but SWE Jacob Markstrom (13/16)/ Anders Nilsson (in 2nd/09:55)
Shots on Goal Team 1 p 2 p 3 p Ttl
Shots on Goal CAN 16 7 9 32
Tirs au but SWE 12 12 8 32
Referee/Arbitre Graham Skilliter, Nathan Wieler
Linesmen/Juges des lignes Chad Marshall, Sean Dufour


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