Johnson Big In Losing Effort
To open the second round of the IIHF World Hockey Championships today in Slovakia, Team Canada and Team USA clashed in what was an exciting back-and-forth game that ended in a shootout, where the Canadians escaped as victors.
After a scoreless first period, Canada and the United States exchanged goals before Kings defenseman Jack Johnson rushed in on a breakaway and made an impressive move by scoring five-hole against Canadian netminder James Reimer to give the US the lead after forty.
The Canadians, however, responded with two goals to give them the lead until Derek Stepan of the New York Rangers tied it for the Americans, which led to overtime and then the shootout.
Jack Johnson had a chance to score in the shootout but was denied by Riemer. The score remained even until Jordan Eberle won it for Canada given his country the win.
Despite the loss, Johnson had a good game with a goal, a +1 rating and led his team with four shots on goal. This was the United States' first loss of the tournament while Canada remains unbeaten.
Unfortunately for Michal Handzus and his Slovakian team, they fell short today, losing 3-2 to the Czech Republic.
It's right back to work for the countries tomorrow as Canada will take on Norway, USA will play France and Slovakia will play Finland.
It's turning out to be a great tournament.