Bernier and Canada nearly give it all away vs. Norway

Photo by Jukka Rautio/HHOF-IIHF

If results are the only thing that matters, Team Canada is doing just fine.

However, coach Ken Hitchcock has to at least be a little concerned with the overall play of his team right now at the IIHF World Championship.

Yesterday they trailed 2-1 after two periods to the U.S. Sure, they came back and won 4-3. Yet, that was in a shootout. And Ty Conklin was in goal for the U.S.

Should that really have been a problem for an offense being led by Rick Nash, James Neal, Jason Spezza, Jordan Eberle, Matt Duchene, John Tavares, Jeff Skinner, etc.?

Maybe the group says ‘Hey, we put 50+ shots on goal. What more do you want from us?’

Could be.  Moving on…

After riding goalie James Reimer (Toronto Maple Leafs) for the first four games in the tournament, Hitchcock went to Kings’ goalie Jonathan Bernier today versus Norway.

Things looked good when Canada was up 3-0 with 10 minutes left to play in the third. Then, Bernier gave up two (somewhat) soft goals in a less-than-two-minute span and we had a game.

When the clock got down to 90 seconds left Norway pulled their goalie for the extra attacker. However, they couldn’t put another one past Bernier – so Canada won and secured their spot in the quarterfinals.

Bernier finished with 25 of 27 saves and he may not be done in the tournament. Prior to the game Hitchcock said he was giving Bernier a chance because he was told Bernier would be good on the big ice surface. Then, after the win, he was noncommittal about his starter for Canada’s next game on Monday vs. Sweden – saying he’ll sleep on it.

He also said “I was impressed with Bernier. I was impressed with the composure.”

Finally, a few other notes…

After yesterday’s game vs. Canada, Jack Johnson wasn’t looking at things any differently just because of who they were playing – saying “A loss is a loss no matter who you lose to.” He played a team-high 28 minutes and scored on a breakaway (coming out of the penalty box) in the second period that put Team USA up 2-1 lead. He was also the first shooter in the shootout, but missed.

Team USA is playing France this morning, in a game that will air on tape delay later tonight on VERSUS.

In case you haven’t heard, Alexander Ovechkin is now in Slovakia for the tournament. He is practicing today with Team Russia and will play his first game tomorrow vs. the Czech Republic.

That should be interesting. One of my lasting memories from last year’s Olympics in Vancouver was Ovi laying out Jaromir Jagr at center ice during a game between the two countries.

The Mayor
www.twitter.com/MayorNHL
www.facebook.com/MayorsManor

Recent Articles

LA Kings MayorsManor

Video 1: 2014 Stanley Cup Moments – Adversity

Courtesy of Kings Vision, the first installment from their new 2014 Stanley Cup Moments series has been released…

Weber Shea Nashville Predators NHL

Puck Probability: Odds for Kings at Predators, November 25

Last season, each contest in the Kings-Predators three-game season series was decided by one goal. David Legwand potted a pair of goals for Nashville in one of those games and Slava Voynov scored the first goal in game one. Neither of those players will factor in Tuesday’s contest, as the former is in Ottawa now [...]

Ribeiro Predators NHL

Things You May Not Know: Kings-Predators Edition

Let the good times roll. Despite the Kings holding the NHL’s worst road record, claiming just one victory away from Staples Center thus far this season, the team is in Nashville, home of the 2016 NHL All Star Game. More importantly, though, the city houses a few establishments Bob Miller has been known to enjoy a [...]

Major News Items

Zykov NHL LA Kings

LA Kings 2014-15 Prospect Rankings: The Coveted Top 5

With the Honorable Mentions and Nos. 6-10 prospects previously revealed in other articles, we’re now prepared to share the final five players making up the latest edition of our L.A. Kings Top 10 Prospect Rankings. The … [Read More...]

More Prospect News