Game Summary

Canada 5 - Denmark 3

2006 IIHF World Men's Championship
Friday May 05, 2006
8:15 pm (local)/ 2:15 pm ET
Riga, LATVIA
Skonto Arena

RIGA, Latvia – Call it a positive learning experience for a young Team Canada at the World Hockey Championships.
Canada jumped to a three-goal first period lead, lost it in the second, and then regrouped in the third to open the tournament with a 5-3 victory over Denmark on Friday.

The Danes are proof positive that the Canadians shouldn’t take any of the so-called second tier opponents lightly. Canada’s next game is Sunday against Norway.

'You get three quick goals against you and it gets their fans involved,' said head coach Marc Habscheid. 'You know that their guys are going to be excited about it: Team Denmark headed to the third period tied with Team Canada.'
'We kind of thought it was in our back pockets,' added Patrice Bergeron. 'We were too confident. We can't do that against any team here, they're all great.”

The game marked the debut for Sidney Crosby as a pro at the world tournament and the sensational rookie didn’t disappoint. Playing on a line with Bergeron and Brad Boyes, Crosby was a catalyst throughout the game. In addition to Crosby's goals, Boyes had a goal and an assist while Bergeron added three assists.

“ Me and Boyes played all year together (with the Boston Bruins), and me and Sidney Crosby] played together at the (2005) World Junior Championships,” Bergeron said. "We felt good together. But we hope to get better every game."
Boyes, the oldest of the three at 23, is just enjoying the experience.

'Both of them are phenomenal players,' he said. 'For me, it's a thrill to be with them.
'We're trying to have a good time - go out there, enjoy it and score some goals.'
Mike Comrie and Mike Richards also had goals for Canada.

Jeff Carter, Mike Richards and Jason Williams arrived in Riga just hours before the game and this allowed Canada to go with three full lines. Brendan Shanahan, Mike Cammalleri, Matt Pettinger and Brent Seabrook are all expected to join Canada prior to Sunday’s game against Norway.

The teams scored their goals in bunches, as Canada got three in the span of 8:41 in the first period, and Denmark got three in 10:06 in the second period.

Three minutes into the third period, Crosby took a pass from Bergeron and rifled a wrist shot into the top corner of the net to make it 4-3. Canada got the insurance marker after Richards tapped a Jeff Carter rebound into an open net.

“ We have some room to improve,” said Crosby. “It is the first game of the tournament and there are a lot of things we have to work out. We want to keep going.”

Preview:

On paper, this should be a cakewalk for Canada, the defending silver medalist at the World Championship. But it would be foolish for the Canadians to get ahead of themselves. Denmark beat the United States 5-2 at the 2003 tournament and then tied Canada 2-2. The Danes have about a dozen players who play professional hockey in Sweden and Finland. They have been together for a couple of weeks and are a very cohesive group. The Canadians added Jeff Carter and Mike Richards of the Philadelphia Flyers and Justin Williams of the Detroit Red Wings and more reinforcements are expected in the next couple of days.

Players to watch:

Canada: Budding superstar Sidney Crosby has represented Canada at the World Junior Championships and he will be making his debut at the World Championship level. Crosby is coming off a sensational rookie season for the Pittsburgh Penguins. He set a new franchise rookie points record with 102 points (39 goals, 63 assists) to surpass Mario Lemieux's 100 points as a rookie in 1984-85. Crosby surpassed Dale Hawerchuk as the youngest player in NHL history to reach 100 points but he fell one point shy of Hawerchuk's record of 103 points as an 18-year-old.

Denmark: Frans Nielsen is one of the top young players in Denmark and he was the 87th overall pick by the New York Islanders in the 2002 draft. He played for Timra of the Swedish Elite League this season and is expected to be in the American Hockey League next season.

Prognosis: The Canadians should win this but the Danes won't make it easy for them.

by Alan Adams


Box Score CAN
3
0
2
5
Compte DEN
0
3
0
3

First Period/Première période

Scoring/Buts:
5:01 PP1 Canada 26. BOYES, Bradley (37. BERGERON, Patrice) (6. STUART, Brad)
7:18 PP2 Canada 87. CROSBY, Sidney (26. BOYES, Bradley) (37. BERGERON, Patrice)
13:41 Canada 89. COMRIE, Mike (25. DUPONT, Micki)

Penalties/Pénalités:
0:58 2 min Canada 89. COMRIE, Mike Boarding
1:40 2 min Canada 17. HARTNELL, Scott Highsticking
3:15 2 min Denmark TEAM PENALTY Too many players on the ice
5:47 2 min Denmark 11. SMIDT, Michael Hooking
6:21 2 min Denmark 7. DAMGAARD, Jesper Hooking
14:10 2 min Canada 17. HARTNELL, Scott Elbowing
17:35 2 min Denmark 25. ANDREASEN, Andreas Hooking

Second Period/Deuxième période

Scoring/Buts:
27:43 SH1 Denmark 15. NIELSEN, Frans (16. KJAERGAARD, Christoffer)
30:46 PP1 Denmark 27. NIELSEN, Jens (47. JOHNSEN, Thomas) (16. KJAERGAARD, Christoffer)
37:49 EQ Denmark 19. STAAL, Kim
(13. GREEN, Morten)

Penalties/Pénalités:
24:23 2 min Canada 19. CALDER, Kyle Slashing
26:13 2 min Denmark 2. PANDER, Rasmus Interference
29:05 2 min Canada 3. ROBIDAS, Stephane Interference
34:24 2 min Denmark 26. DAHLMANN, Morten Holding the stick

Third Period/Troisième période

Scoring/Buts:
43.17 3 - 4 Canada 87. CROSBY, Sidney (37. BERGERON, Patrice
53.09 3 - 5 Canada 18. RICHARDS, Mike (7. CARTER, Jeff))

Penalties/Pénalités:
44.40 2 min Denmark 25. ANDREASEN, Andreas Hooking
48.14 2 min Denmark 13. GREEN, Morten Hooking


Goaltenders CAN 30. DENIS, Marc
Gardiens de but DEN 31. HIRSCH, Peter

Shots on Goal Team 1 p 2 p 3 p Ttl
Shots on Goal CAN 15 7 22 44
Tirs au but DEN 8 9 6 23

Referee/Arbitre MINAR Milan (CZE)
Linesmen/Juges des lignes KEKALAINEN Mikko (FIN), ZATTA Luca (ITA)

Attendance/Assistance 3427

 

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