Beyond The Benches

Team USA Tops Canada in World Cup Prelims

Friday night saw Team USA taking on Team Canada in their first match of the World Cup prelims. The US got out to an early 2-0 lead in the first period and never looked back.

Zach Parise and Patrick Kane both found the back of the net late in the first period. Patrice Bergeron cut the lead in half in the second period, only to have USA captain Joe Pavelski extend the lead to two just two minutes later.

Canada’s Drew Doughty got the third period off to a great start beating Ben Bishop with a bomb of a slapper cutting the lead again to one.¬†Derek Stepan sealed the deal late in the third period to make the final score 4-2, giving USA the victory over Canada.

Philadelphia Flyer fans got a scare in the third period when Claude Giroux took an awkward hit in the corner from Pavelski, having to leave the ice for a short time. He was back on the ice before the end of the period, and Flyer fans can now breath their sigh of relief.

Check out some of the highlights if you didn’t get a chance to catch the game!