The United States just can’t catch a break when it comes to overtime games against Canada in international competition (the 2010 World Junior gold medal game being the one exception). The two teams met today in a qualifying round matchup, and it was Canada getting two shootout goals from Jordan Eberle and Rick Nash to get the win.
Wild defenseman Brent Burns tallied Canada’s first goal in the 4-3 game, while Cal Clutterbuck took a penalty that led to the tying goal for the U.S. in the third.
In other action Mikko Koivu and Mikael Granlund helped Finland beat Dennis Endras and Germany in a 5-4 shootout. Koivu picked up an assist on a Tuomo Ruutu goal, and both he and Granlund tallied goals in the shootout.
The other two Wild representatives – Martin Havlat and Marek Zidlicky – are currently battling Slovakia, the host country. Zidlicky has tallied the only goal thus far to give the Czechs a 1-0 lead.