As they faced off against Denmark to commence their existence in the 2013 World Men’s Hockey Competition, Lindy Ruff made no mistake showing off his top line combinations. The most surprising and productive, a line combination of Jordan Eberle and Matt Duchene.
The team came out a little slow as they got their legs under them and got used to the style of everyone’s play. As the game progressed, they found their way and managed to post two pretty goals from the Eberle-Duchene combination.
Denmark got themselves on the board first after Canada’s captain Eric Staal took an unnecessary slashing penalty that put them on the penalty kill. The goal came from Denamrk’s captain Morten Green when he beat Devan Dubnyk top-shelf with a backhanded shot. The Canadian’s best opportunity came from Philadelphia Flyers’ forward Claude Giroux who rang a shot off of the post near the end of the first frame.
Midway through the second period the Canucks began to find their way, Matt Duchene leading the way. Avoiding the forecheck of the Denmark’s defensemen, Duchene waited until their netminder went down and lifted the puck up and over to tie the game at a goal a piece with a backhander.
Steven Stamkos scoredin much of the same fashion as he took a pass from Eric Staal behind the net and worked his way to the front lifting a backhand shot over the netminder. The goal came just 90 seconds after Duchene’s, but gave the team enough motivation to carry them through the rest of the game, holding onto a one-goal lead through two frames.
“We knew once we got going, we’d take advantage, and we did.”-Steven Stamkos (via IIHF)
Early on in the third and final frame, they pushed their lead to two-goals thanks to Matt Duchene. He was able to work his way past three of Denamrk’s players and dish a pass to a rushing Jordan Eberle. Once he received it he waited for Duchene to set himself up and threw a quick pass back setting him up with an open net and definitive goal.
Team Canada now waits until Sunday at 4:15 their time to play in their next game, facing off against Switzerland.