2005-06 National Men's Team

Game Summary

Canada 4 - Finland 2

Qualifier Round
Monday May 15, 2006
8:15 pm (local)/ 1:15 pm ET
Riga, LAT
Riga Arena

RIGA, Latvia – That's more like it.

A day after Canada turned in its worst effort of the World Hockey Championship, the Canadians served up one of their best in a 4-2 win over Finland in its final game of the qualifying round on Monday.

The Canadians were paced by Jeff Carter, who scored a pair of short-handed goals on his Philadelphia Flyers teammate, goalie Antero Niittymaki. Patrice Bergeron and Brad Boyes also scored for the Canadians. Sidney Crosby extended his point-scoring streak to six games with an assist.

With the victory, Canada can finish no worse than second in the E Group and the Canadians could finish first if the Czech Republic loses to the U.S in Tuesday's play. Canada, which can finish no worse than second place heading into the playoff round, lost 6-4 to the Czechs on Sunday in a game in which a lackluster effort in the first period led to their demise.

Canada's quarter-final opponent will be set after the completion of the round robin Tuesday.

One day after going down 3-0 in the first period on the way to a loss to the Czechs, Canada came out firing against the Finns.

Bergeron opened the scoring at 5:58 on the power play when he stuffed a shot under Niittymaki, who was surprised by Bergeron's quickness with the puck.

Carter doubled the margin on a short-handed rush and he beat Niittymaki on a wrist shot. The Finns got that back on the same
penalty, with Mikko Koivu beating a screened Marc Denis in the Canadian net with a wrist shot.

Carter wasn't through with the heroics and he netted his second short-handed goal of the game at 6:33 of the second on a breakaway after he blocked a shot and pounced on the loose puck to create the scoring chance.

Denis made 38 saves in the getting the victory.

Petro Nummelin also scored for Finland. His goal at 10:46 of the second period narrowed the score to 3-2 but the Canadians went on the attack and their efforts paid off with Crosby setting up Boyes at 11:36.

The line of Crosby, Bergeron and Boyes has combined for 36 points in six games.

Box Score CAN
Compte FIN

First Period/Première période

5.58 0 - 1 PP1 Canada 37. BERGERON, Patrice (26. BOYES, Brad)
16.57 0 - 2 SH1 Canada 7. CARTER, Jeff
18.15 1 - 2 EQ Finland 21. KOIVU, Mikko (6. SARAVO, Pekka)

5.36 2 min Finland 15. RUUTU, Tuomo Interference
5.58 10 min Finland 37. RUUTU, Jarkko Misconduct
7.00 2 min Finland 16. PELTONEN, Ville Interference
16.03 2 min Canada TEAM PENALTY Too many players on the ice

Second Period/Deuxième période

26.33 1 - 3 SH1 Canada 7. CARTER, Jeff

21.28 2 min Finland 71. KALLIO, Tomi Holding
24.58 2 min Canada 55. SCHULTZ, Nick Roughing
27.40 2 min Finland 23. HAHL, Riku Hooking
29.21 2 min Canada 87. CROSBY, Sidney Roughing
32.48 2 min Canada 16. DALEY, Trevor Roughing
32.48 2 min Finland 20. MIETTINEN, Antti Roughing
35.48 2 min Canada 26. BOYES, Brad Interference
38.07 2 min Canada 18. RICHARDS, Mike Tripping

Third Period/Troisième période

50.46 2 - 3 PP1 Finland 3. NUMMELIN, Petteri (9. LUOMA, Mikko) (21. KOIVU, Mikko)
51.36 2 - 4 EQ Canada 26. BOYES, Brad (87. CROSBY, Sidney) (37. BERGERON, Patrice)

40.51 2 min Canada 6. STUART, Brad Holding
48.49 2 min Canada 2. HAMHUIS, Dan Tripping
52.44 2 min Finland 7. BERG, Aki-Petteri Hooking
54.54 2 min Finland 25. HENTUNEN, Jukka Hooking
58.14 GK out Finland 30. NORRENA, Fredrik

Goaltenders CAN 30. DENIS, Marc
Gardiens de but FIN 31. NIITTYMAKI, Antero, 30. NORRENA, Fredrik

Shots on Goal Team 1 p 2 p 3 p Ttl
Shots on Goal CAN 11 4 10 25
Tirs au but FIN 10 12 18 40

Referee/Arbitre VINNERBORG Marcus (SWE)
Linesmen/Juges des lignes LESNJAK Ales (SLO), TAKULA Leo (SWE)

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