Game Summary
Canada 3 - France 2
 

CANADA DEFEATS FRANCE 3 2 IN EXHIBITION AHEAD OF WORLD HOCKEY CHAMPIONSHIP

PARIS (FRANCE) - Chris Stewart scored the game-winning goal late in the third period to help Canada to a 3-2 victory over France in an exhibition game ahead of the IIHF world hockey championship.

Stewart beat Cristobal Huet on the power play with 1:39 left in regulation. Team captain Rick Nash and Jason Spezza had the other Canada goals.
“Our goal here is to get better every day,” said Canadian associate coach Peter DeBoer. “So it's nice to get a win and get a day closer to the tournament.”

Kevin Hecquefeuille and Stephane Da Costa were the only French players to beat Canadian netminder Devan Dubnyk. An impressive crowd of 12,737 took in the action at Palais Omnisports de Paris Bercy on Sunday.

Canada will play its final exhibition game Wednesday against the Czech Republic in Prague. The world championship runs April 29-May 15 in Bratislava and Kosice, Slovakia.

DeBoer said it was good for the players to shake off the rust and get their legs going after the overseas trip.

“We saw a lot of good stuff and some real buy-in from the guys trying to implement what we've been asking them to do,” DeBoer said.
There are currently 19 players on the official Canadian roster, a number that will likely rise as more NHL teams are eliminated from the post-season. Teams can officially name up to 23 players, including three goaltenders, for the preliminary round at the tournament. After that round, teams can have up to 25 players on their official rosters.

Canada is looking to atone for a disappointing seventh-place finish in Germany last May, the country's worst at a world championship since 1992.


 

Game Information/Renseignements sur le match
Event/Événement 2011 IIHF World Champ. Location/Emplacement Paris, FRA
Date Sun. Apr. 24, 2011 Arena/Aréna Paris-Bercy
Time/Heure 9:00 am ET Attendance/Assistance -,---
Round/Ronde Exhibition Game #/No du match 01


 

Box Score/Compte
1
2
3
Final
CA1
1
1
1
3
FRA
0
1
1
2


 

Goals/Penalties - Buts/Pénalités
First Period/Première période

Goals/Buts : 
10:45 CAN Rick Nash (Alex Pietrangelo, Matt Duchene) PP/AN

Penalties/Pénalités : 
06:22 CAN Rick Nash (High-sticking/Bâton élevé)
10:05 FRA Thomas Roussel (Slashing/Cingler)
16:07 FRA Laurent Meunier (Holding/Retenir)

Second Period/Deuxième période

Goals/Buts : 
04:03 FRA Kevin Hecqueville (unassisted/sans aides))
06:16 CAN Jason Spezza (Jordan Eberle, John Tavares) PP/AN

Penalties/Pénalités : 
04:10 FRA Nicolas Besch (Delay of game/Retardement du match)

Third Period/Troisième période

Goals/Buts : 
09:21 FRA Stephane Da Costa (Luc Tardif, Julien Desrosiers) PP/AN
18:21 CAN Chris Stewart (Rick Nash, Matt Duchene) PP/AN

Penalties/Pénalités : 
04:21 FRA Vincent Bachet (Tripping/Trébucher)
07:49 CAN Cal Clutterbuck (Slashing/Cingler)
09:54 FRA Laurent Meunier(Holding/Retenir)
10:20 FRA Laurent Gras (Delay of game/Retardement du match)
17:24 FRA Thomas Roussel (Slashing/Cingler)


 

Goaltenders CAN Devan Dubnyk
Gardiens de but FRA Cristobal Huet
Shots on Goal Team 1 p 2 p 3 p Ttl
Shots on Goal CAN - - - -
Tirs au but FRA - - - -
 
Referee/Arbitre Alexandre Bourreau, M. Barbez
Linesmen/Juges des lignes Jeremy Rauline, Guillaume Gielly