VANCOUVER -- Better discipline is imperative for any success Canada wants to experience tonight, coach Brent Sutter figured.
"I thought we took some stick infraction penalties that we can't take," Sutter said of Canada's win against the U.S. on Saturday. "The physical part of the game, those aren't bad penalties. It is the stick infraction penalties that we need to be smarter with. Hopefully we can be more intelligent."
DOING IT OTHER WAYS
Though Andrew Cogliano was brought to this tournament to provide offence, he has two assists in four games. But Sutter is glad Cogliano has taken a shine to the defensive side.
"He is not cheating on the ice, and I don't want to use that in a negative way, but his awareness is a lot better defensively than it was," Sutter said. "He is getting into areas that are tougher to play in than what he was doing earlier when he was probably playing too much on the outside. He has played better for us."
DOWNIE MADE HIM DO IT
U.S. defenceman Jack Johnson said he was just trying to defend himself when planted an elbow on Steve Downie's chin in the last minute of Canada's 3-2 win on Saturday.
"I had seen the way Downie was playing all game and I knew he was a guy who plays with an edge also," Johnson said. "We exchanged slashes going up the ice and I saw him coming toward me and I was just trying to be prepared. I thought he might try to pull something with me."
Johnson received a five-minute major and game misconduct, but the IIHF did not review the incident.