Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Tavares Scores Twice, Canada Beats US in World Cup of Hockey Exhibition

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Tavares Scores Twice, Canada Beats US in World Cup of Hockey Exhibition

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Tavares, Canada beat US 5-2 in exhibition


OTTAWA - John Tavares wanted some retribution against the United States, even if it was only an exhibition game.

Tavares had two goals to lead Team Canada over Team USA 5-2 Saturday night in World Cup of Hockey pre-tournament play in Ottawa.

The two teams had played Friday night in Columbus with the U.S. coming out on top 4-2. While not disappointed with his team's performance, Tavares was determined for a better outcome.

"Obviously didn't get the result we wanted (Friday)," said Tavares. "Even though it's exhibition you want to start on the right foot and that's always our expectation especially when you get a great opportunity to play against one of our rivals back-to-back."

With such a short tournament, Canada knows its imperative to find it's game as soon as possible and Saturday's performance was a step in the right direction.

"It was important to get better and that's what we're trying to do each and every game," said Canada coach Mike Babcock.

"There's rust coming out of the summer," said Matt Duchene, who also scored for Canada. "We're hitting goal posts, we're missing open nets, little things like that you saw (Friday) night. Everything was there but the finishing. We cleaned up some stuff defensively as well and we all think it was a pretty good effort (Saturday)."

Logan Couture and Jay Bouwmeester also had goals for Canada. Braden Holtby allowed two goals on 13 shots, while Corey Crawford faced 10 shots in 26:28 of ice time.

Ryan McDonagh and John Carlson scored for the U.S. Cory Schneider started the game and allowed four goals on 24 shots, while Ben Bishop, who came in for the third period, allowed one goal on 14 shots.

Despite the final result, U.S coach John Tortorella was OK with his team's performance.

"Quite honestly I felt we played better minutes (Saturday) than we did (Friday). We'll look at the video and just keep on working on our game."

Penalties played a factor. Canada was 3 for 8 with the man advantage, while the U. …

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