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