Team Canada beats Slovakia with 1.8 seconds to spare

May 14, 2019 - 12:39 am

(WGR 550) - Team Canada scored a goal with 1.8 seconds left to squeak past Slovakia on Monday, 6-5. Mark Stone (Vegas Golden Knights) ripped a power play goal short side on Marek Ciliak to win it. It’s the only goal Ciliak gave up in 23:20 of work. He made 10 saves in relief of Patrik Rybar (Detroit Red Wings)

Canada had to come back from a two goal deficit twice in this game. Trailing 4-2 in the second period, Canada got goals from Jonathan Marchessault (Vegas), Anthony Cirelli (Tampa Bay Lightning) and Troy Stecher (Vancouver Canucks) to take a 5-4 lead.

Sabres defenseman Brandon Montour had his problems in this game and things got worse as he didn’t play in the third period due to an undisclosed injury. He will be evaluated on Tuesday. Buffalo may already be without Zach Bogosian and Lawrence Pilut when the season starts as both have had surgery. 

Montour did not play well in this one. On Slovakia’s first goal, he was in the middle of a goal mouth scramble and then on Slovakia’s fourth goal, Montour was soft on Adam Liska and then let him fly right by him for his second goal of the game.

Montour played 11:01 before leaving and had one shot on goal. He does not have a point in the three games.

As for Sam Reinhart, about midway through the game, he became a different player. For Canada’s first two games and the first 30 minutes of this one, Reinhart was simply awful.

He turned the puck over behind the net, leading to a 4-on-2 that Slovakia scored on and his board play was horrendous. He was losing almost every battle.

I think what turned his game around is when he did what he does best, plant himself in front of the net. His screen of Rybar helped Shea Theodore (Vegas) net a power play goal.

Reinhart was a force after that. He made a great steal of the puck, setting up Sean Couturier (Philadelphia Flyers) for a great chance. That was followed up by another good chance by Cirelli.

Later in the second, Reinhart sent in Couturier with a great pass. He got the puck back and found Cirelli to give Canada a 5-4 lead. That assist is Reinhart’s only point in the tournament. Reinhart played 11:35 and did not get a shot.

Anthony Mantha (Detroit) had a goal and an assist in this game giving him seven points in his last two games. Mantha is second in tournament scoring behind William Nylander (Toronto Maple Leafs) of Sweden who has eight points.

Matt Murray (Pittsburgh Penguins) won the game, but was not good in net giving up five goals on 28 shots. He seemed to be flopping all over the place.

Taking a look at the standings in Group A, Finland leads with seven points in three games. Germany has six points in two games, while Canada has six in three. Team USA has five points in three games, while Slovakia has three points. Denmark has picked up two points in two games, France has one point in two games and Great Britain is pointless in two games.

Canada is off until Thursday when it plays France. Team USA plays Great Britain on Wednesday. 

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