Canada loses Spengler Cup opener

Jason Pominville, 29, tries to knock in a flying puck in front of Jimmy Howard, 35, in this file...

Jason Pominville, 29, tries to knock in a flying puck in front of Jimmy Howard, 35, in this file photo, January 28, 2012. (DARREN BROWN/QMI AGENCY)

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:58 PM ET

A Canadian team loaded with prominent NHLers is off to a disappointing start at the Spengler Cup after losing 2-1 in overtime to Adler Mannheim of Germany Wednesday in Davos, Switzerland.

Buffalo Sabres captain Jason Pominville, playing for the German side during the lockout, scored the OT winner against Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Bernier.

Tyler Seguin of the Boston Bruins scored the lone Canadian goal in the third period, tying it at 1-1.

Big-name NHLers on the Canadian roster include Matt Duchene of the Colorado Avalanche, Jason Spezza of the Ottawa Senators, John Tavares of the New York Islanders and Ryan Smyth of the Edmonton Oilers.

Canada concludes preliminary-round play Thursday (2:15 p.m. ET, TSN) against host club HC Davos. Playoffs start Saturday with the final set for Monday.

The annual tournament pits Canada, usually with a collection of European-based pros, against a handful of European club teams. This year, however, many of the teams, especially Canada, feature NHL players playing in Europe during the lockout.


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