CROSBY SCORES AGAIN TO LEAD CANADA PAST TEAM USA
Sidney Crosby struck again Tuesday.
The Pittsburgh Penguins 18-year-old phenom scored a goal to lead Canada to a 2-1 win over Team USA to close out the preliminary round at the World Championships in Latvia.
Phil Kessel, one of the top prospects in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft, gave the United States a 1-0 lead in the first period.
However, Crosby answered with a goal 9:01 into the second period off a Patrice Bergeron assist. Crosby (4+3) and Bergeron (2+5) remain tied for the tournament’s scoring lead with seven points apiece.
Brendan Shanahan put Canada ahead for good, 2-1, 7:44 into the third period. Mike Cammallari and Jason Williams had assists on the goal.
Penguins forwards Ryan Malone and Andy Hilbert did not register a point for Team USA, nor did Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik.
Alex Auld earned the win in goal for Canada (3-0) as he stopped 18 of 19 shots. Jason Bacashihua took the loss in goal for Team USA (2-1). He stopped 28 of 30 shots.