Canada Hangs On Against Germany

It didn't boost the confidence of the nervous nation, but the Canadian men's hockey team played better in its 3-2 victory over Germany at the 2002 Winter Olympics.

The first period was extremely nervous highlighted by misfired shots and a botched breakaway by Michael Peca. Joe Sakic broke the ice when he slid the puck under goaltender Marc Seliger at 8:59 of the second frame.

Paul Kariya and Adam Foote added goals, but Canada nearly got burned while trying to sit on the lead in the third, when Andreas Loth and Jochen Hecht scored in a determined German comeback attempt.

"We didn't play very well, but we got the win," said winger Paul Kariya. "We have a lot of guys who haven't played together, but it's starting to come. I just think we need a few more days."

Head coach Pat Quinn was forced to shuffle his lines when team captain Mario Lemieux sat out the game due to a nagging hip injury.

Germany earned the respect of Canada as they played a gritty, determined but boring game plan. Germany would line up four, sometimes all five players along their own blueline and just attempted to stifle the Canadians. The Canadians were puzzled by the tactic early in the game.

"It took us a period to finally find it," said forward Michael Peca. "They were lined up at the blue-line. And it was big on the power play to capitalize on two."

The power play was effective. Paul Kariya scored on a 5 minute power play after Daniel Kunce cut Ryan Smyth with a check from behind. Adam Foote's goal came a second after a power play ended.

Martin Brodeur started the game for Canada and was solid though unspectacular. By getting the win, he earned another shot at the starting role.


Game Summary

Box Score Canada

0

3

0

3

  Germany

0

0

2

2

First Period

Goals:
None

Penalties:
00:24 CAN Lindros (Roughing)
07:59 GER Ehrhoff (Crosschecking)
13:30 CAN Pronger (High-sticking)

Second Period

Goals:
08:59 CAN Sakic (Gagné)
14:23 CAN Kariya (Nolan) PP
18:30 CAN Foote (Jovanovski, Nieuwendyk)

Penalties:
04:35 CAN Blake (Tripping)
13:24 GER Kunce (Roughing) 5 min. + Gm. Misc.

Third Period

Goals:
07:36 GER Loth
13:54 GER Hecht (Shubert, Abstreiter) PP

Penalties:
03:20 CAN Lindros (High-sticking)
12:16 CAN MacInnis (Tripping)
Goaltenders Canada Martin Brodeur
  Germany Marc Seliger

   

First

Second

Third

Final

Shots on Goal by Canada

10

17

10

37

  Germany

8

4

8

20


Officials Referee

Bill McCreary

  Linesmen
Johan Norman
Tim Nowak

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