Canada beats up Sweden in world junior tuneup
Canada’s #17 Connor McDavid shoots on Sweden’s goaltender #1 Samuel Ward during third period pre-tournament IIHF hockey at the Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa on Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014. (Matthew Usherwood/QMI Agency)
No inability to capitalize on scoring chances this time.
In its second exhibition game in preparation for the 2015 world junior championship, Canada got goals from five different players in a 5-2 victory at the Canadian Tire Centre on Sunday night.
Two nights after recording 53 shots on goal against Russia only to lose 2-1 in overtime, Canada made good on its pre-game promise to create more traffic in front of the opposing goalie.
Max Domi, Josh Morrissey, Anthony Duclair, Shea Theodore and Sam Reinhart scored for Canada before an announced crowd of 13,826.
Eric Comrie stopped 18 shots for Canada.
Gustav Forsling and William Nylander scored for Sweden. Samuel Ward made 28 saves.
In his first game since Nov. 11, Connor McDavid didn’t show a heck of a lot of rust. The 17-year-old, fully recovered after breaking a bone in his right hand in a fight during an Erie Otters game, made several smart plays with the puck. McDavid drew an assist on Theodore’s goal in the third period.
McDavid centred a line with Curtis Lazar and Nick Ritchie on the wings.
The unit of Sam Reinhart between Domi and Duclair again was effective, and had more luck around the net than it did versus Russia.
Nylander, the Toronto Maple Leafs’ first-round pick last June, scored on a penalty shot in the third period, deking to his backhand and roofing a shot behind Comrie. The free attempt came after Nylander was tripped on a breakaway by Darnell Nurse.
Canada plays its final exhibition game on Tuesday in Montreal against Switzerland. The real fun starts on Friday, when Canada plays Slovakia at the Bell Centre in its opening game of the world junior.