Monday, December 26, 2011

2012 World Juniors: Game 1 Canada VS Finland

In pre-tournament play, Canada beat Finland 3-1, a hardly dominating score. When it came to the real thing, Canada walked all over Finland pretty easily 8-1. While Mark Stone's hat trick was the talk of the game, the score sheet shows another player that really should get recognition: Justin Huberdeau who had five points in the game (1 goal and 4 assists). Huberdeau has been hurt for most of this season and not many knew what to expect from him in the tournament. A five point game is a great way to start.

The biggest weakness on team Canada seems to be in goal. After waiting to find out who would start, Canada went with Mark Visentin who played a strong game but must get better as the tournament goes on. He seemed to be very quick in the crease, but will need to calm his game down against better competition. If watch any of the best goalies in the NHL right now they are very relaxed and calm in the crease. Very rarely do they get caught out of position and have to make a big save.

Canada may have lost Smith-Pelly due to a foot injury he sustained in the second period when blocking a shot. No word yet on the result of his x-rays.

Canada next game is on Wednesday at 7:30 against the Czech Republic.

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