HERNING, Denmark — After carrying difficulty scoring during 5-on-5, Connor McDavid and a Canadians valid to be lethal during 3-on-3.
McDavid scored 46 seconds into overtime, batting his possess miscarry out of a atmosphere past Latvia goaltender Kristers Gudlevskis, as Canada edged Latvia 2-1 Monday and clinched a quarterfinal berth during a universe hockey championship.
The multiple of McDavid, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Aaron Ekblad dominated play during 3-on-3 in a overtime event as Canada got dual much-needed points.
“Those guys are so lethal with a puck, generally with Connor’s speed,” pronounced Canadian brazen Ryan O’Reilly. “The approach he beats a man adult a wall and creates a scoring possibility and ends a game, it’s unequivocally dangerous. That was huge, removing that goal.”
Anthony Beauvillier non-stop a scoring for Canada 2:51 into a initial period, staying with a play to trowel in a lax puck after Gudlevskis unsuccessful to totally solidify a tip in front of a net by Jean-Gabriel Pageau.
“I suspicion a play was dead, afterwards we saw a puck behind his pads, so we was only perplexing to find it,” pronounced Beauvillier on his second idea of a tournament. “It was substantially one of a easiest goals I’ve scored in my career.”
Beauvillier skated on a line with Pageau and Mat Barzal as manager Bill Peters shuffled his units in an bid to hint some-more corruption after a unsatisfactory 5-1 detriment to Finland on Saturday.
“I suspicion it was a churned bag,” pronounced Peters about a changes. “We’re still perplexing to find a right combinations. Tyson Jost went in there and played good — we suspicion that line (with Bo Horvat and Jordan Eberle) was good. we suspicion a Barzal line substantially had their best diversion of a tournament.
“I suspicion those dual lines were dangerous for us on a unchanging basis. Now we’ve got to get contributions from others via a lineup.”
After being outplayed and outshot 10-4 in a initial period, a overworked Latvians practical good vigour in a second. Close-checking during a defensive finish of a ice, Latvia also drew dual penalties and dismissed 9 shots on idea in a scoreless center frame.
“They played us unequivocally hard,” pronounced goaltender Darcy Kuemper. “They worked their butts off and didn’t give adult a whole lot.”
Kuemper was pointy by dual durations in his initial start given Canada’s tournament-opening 5-4 shootout detriment to a United States on May 4, though was beaten 1:50 into a third on a Kristians Rubins indicate shot, Latvia’s 14th of a game.
“I only picked it adult a small bit late,” Kuemper said. “(Rubins) shot it and we didn’t have good eyes on it. we saw it final second, only got a square of it and it snuck through.”
Thomas Chabot, who was scratched to make room for Marc-Edouard Vlasic in Canada’s detriment to Finland, returned to a lineup on Monday to anchor a initial power-play unit, while Ryan Pulock was scratched on defence.
In a late stages of a third, Canada incited adult a aggression, jamming a net in front of Gudlevskis, who was creation only his second start of a contest after giving adult 8 goals to Finland on May 6. Canada outshot Latvia 9-2 in a third and 31-15 by regulation, though additional time was indispensable to confirm a winner.
Forward Kyle Turris was combined to Canada’s register after his Nashville Predators were separated from a Stanley Cup playoffs, though did not fit adult on Monday. He could see movement in Canada’s final round-robin diversion opposite Germany on Tuesday. Pierre-Luc Dubois did not dress opposite Latvia due to a lower-body injury. He’s listed as day-to-day.
With Monday’s win, Canada is guaranteed a top-four finish in Group B and a quarterfinal berth. Canada could finish anywhere from second to fourth in Group B, depending on a outcome opposite Germany and a formula of Tuesday’s dual other games: Finland contra a United States and Denmark contra Latvia.
In Tuesday’s late diversion in Herning, a hosts from Denmark will accommodate Latvia to establish a fourth quarterfinalist.
Norway kick South Korea 3-0 in Monday’s other Group B game. Both teams had already been separated from playoff contention.
In Group A movement in Copenhagen on Monday, Russia kick Slovakia 4-0 and a Czech Republic kick Austria 4-3.