As the curtain opened on the world championship on Saturday hockey, Canada quickly established himself as a tournament favorite with a dizzying display of speed, skill and fun.
With Sidney Crosby leading at one end and Carey Price on the other hand, Canada has proven that it is all that with a 6-0 victory over the Czech Republic in the tournament opener for both teams.
Crosby had a goal and two assists, while the price did not show any signs of injury that sidelined him for much of last season as Canada appears hockey brand is rarely seen in the Air Canada Centre.
“I think we understand the position we are in. We are at home, and there are high expectations,” said Crosby. “We were just trying to go out there and work and see what happens.”
In fact, the game does not start, as Canada suggested, but it did not take long for Canadians to correct move – establishing their forecheck, their crimes and their mastery of the game by the 50th shot.
“I thought our guys showed a lot of poise, made it really hard for them to come up with the ice,” Price said. “This is the type of hockey we play. We make it hard to come on the offensive side of us, it is very difficult to come up with the ice. Our puck pursuit was relentless.”
The Czechs came out hard to skate, blazing past Canada’s early and forcing Canada to take penalties. This has resulted in an advantage for the Czechs 6-1 shots, but a scoreless game thanks to some nifty saves at a price better be leg save on Ondrej Chambers.
“It is definitely nice to get a few shots start to go and get a feel for the game,” said Price, who made 27 saves in the shutout. “We played a really good defensive hockey. We have made it very difficult to score goals.
“It’s simple, look at the list and how many championship players on this team. There’s a reason why they’re champions. They play the game the right way. They are on the right side of the puck at the right time. This is a Hockey Canada staple, to make it difficult to Score “.
Crosby was the best striker of Canada – it should be – in the first frame. He was stopped by Michal Neuvirth on the precipice, but later made Neuvirth look stupid bouncing his shot from the back of the goalkeeper – as intended – from behind the gate.
Crosby then install Brent Burns, whose shot was deflected Brad Marchand for the second goal of the period, a hard Slapshot, who hit Neuvirth in the mask.
Defensively, Crosby picked the pocket of the Czech player, eventually starting the game, which led to the goal of Patrice Bergeron with one second left in the first period, setting the table for the defeat.
“He’s an incredible player. He’s a world class player,” Price said Crosby. “He plays the game hard. He plays the game with a lot of pride. This is the type of player that if you are a young man, watching the play hockey, that’s the way you do it. That’s all I really have to say about that. ”
Crosby finished with a goal and two assists – a typical night for him in the ACC – but the Toronto crowd, for a change, loved it.
“It was fun,” said Crosby from the crowd. “To have such support, to use this energy, I think, is important. I think that gave us a certain leap. I thought early on we had some chances. We were going to.”
Petrandzhelo, Joe Thornton and Jonathan Toews also scored for the Canadian team, which left the Czechs embarrassed.
“I think early on we were pressing to get some goals and had to kill some penalties, so it was nice to get the first and kind of build on this,” said Crosby. “I thought we played hard, and we have been working. It’s not so easy. We had to work for it, and we got rewarded.”
As the host, and the favorite, Canada is a team with a target on his back. This is a team all others will be judged himself.
“You go out there, and you believe in your game, and you believe in your team,” Crosby said before the game. “I’m sure the other teams are not going to pay attention to it. They’re going to want to come here and win, too.
“We focus on what we should do.”
senior Team Canada dominated international hockey in recent years, winning Olympic gold in 2014 and the World Cup in 2015 and 2016.
“We know that we have a very experienced and deep team,” said John Tavares. “The guys have had success at the international level, at the level of the NHL. There’s a lot of character in this room.
“We believe in our team. We believe that if we play to the best of our ability, we can win this tournament. We have to win this tournament. We love our team, and we just want to go out there and play hard, and do not take anyone for granted. ”
Americans – is believed that the co-favorites in Pool A with Canada to a shocking 3-0 loss in Europe in the second half of the day – left a number of experienced players at home, adding crushers and physical players, the design team from beating Canada in mind. They’ll do it Tuesday – the next game for both teams – to give yourself a chance to advance in the semi-finals.
“It’s a must-win now,” said US forward James van Riemsdyk, after losses in Europe.
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