Nash gets No. 9 to continue streak

TERRY JONES -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 9:16 AM ET

INNSBRUCK, Austria -- For two periods, if you didn't look closely, you might have wondered if Rick Nash had been suspended after all.

He was as invisible as most of Canada's top players. But when Team Canada needed the big goal to save embarrassment against Ukraine, Nash scored yet another gorgeous goal to give Canada a 2-1 win.

It was his ninth of the tournament and continued his run of getting a goal a game for Team Canada at the IIHF World Hockey Championships. Joe Thornton picked up an assist on the marker at 9:54 of the third period to remain tied for the tournament scoring lead with 11 points.

Nash said he didn't take any special satisfaction in getting the goal to win the game after he was cleared on a Swedish claim that he attacked a referee and linesman in the Canada-Sweden game Saturday.

While video evidence proved Nash did have stick contact around the referee's waist and pushed the linesman somewhat, the IIHF ruled it was incidental contact in the process of playing the game and not confrontational.

"I didn't give it much thought myself. You guys have been through more than me," he quipped to the media.

"My understanding was that I'd always been cleared," he said.

He said in the event Canada meets Sweden in a medal-round game he won't use it for motivation personally.

Nor does he expect his team-mates would, either. As for his goal, which moves him within two of Eric Lindros's Canadian tournament record of 11 from 1993, Nash said he'd take it.

"It was fairly lucky," he said of the shot from the left faceoff circle which caught the upper right-hand corner.

"The puck rolled a bit and I think that helped it go top corner but in those types of games, I'll take them any way I can get them."

He said it was a tough game to play.

"They play a style most people off the ice don't notice," said Nash.

"They battle hard and don't give up much. And their goaltender played well."


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