May 14, 2013
Canada needs overtime to get past Slovenia
By QMI Agency

Canada's Steven Stamkos (front) celebrates his goal against Slovenia with teammates on the bench during their preliminary round match at the world hockey championship in Stockholm Monday, May 13, 2013. (Arnd Wiegmann/Reuters)

Another weak opponent, another subpar performance for Canada at the world championship.

Canada needed overtime to beat Slovenia 4-3 Monday, a day after beating a much stronger Czech Republic team, in its final preliminary-round game. The Canadians also lost 3-2 in a shootout to Switzerland earlier in the tournament.

The result kept Canada's chances of finishing first in the Stockholm-based pool alive. Switzerland, which closes out the preliminary round Tuesday, could leapfrog over Canada with a win or overtime/shootout loss.

Steven Stamkos of the Tampa Bay Lightning scored at 3:36 of overtime to give Canada the win. Brenden Dillon of the Dallas Stars netted the only goal of the third period to lift Canada into the tie and force OT.

Matt Duchene of the Colorado Avalanche and Stamkos scored 50 seconds apart early in the second to erase a 2-0 Slovenia lead. But Tomaz Razingar scored at 7:17 of the second to give the Slovenians the lead for a second time.

Jan Urbas scored both first-period goals for Slovenia.


Devan Dubnyk of the Edmonton Oilers stopped 17 shots for Canada while Slovenian netminder Luka Gracnar made 35 saves.

Canada added Montreal Canadiens defenceman P.K. Subban, a Norris Trophy finalists, to the roster Monday but he didn't play against Slovenia. He's expected to arrive in Sweden Tuesday.

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