Saturday, May 06, 2006

WC: Crosby has 2 in Game 1 Victory

Team Canada got off to an awfully shaky start with a 5-3 win over Denmark, but Sidney Crosby was his usual awesome self with two goals in the game.

Game story.
One of the youngest teams at the IIHF world hockey championship got some on-the-job training Friday night.

The first game of the tournament taught Team Canada that its top line can be every bit as explosive as it had hoped. It also showed the Canadians that no team can be taken for granted at this event.

Canada squandered a 3-0 first-period lead to Denmark before Sidney Crosby scored his second goal of the game to help pull out a 5-3 victory.

The team, with an average age of just over 24, hopes the close call will serve as a lesson for the rest of the event, starting with its next game on Sunday against Norway.

"A game's never going to be perfect," Crosby said. "Sometimes there's adversity. It's better to go through that now than later on in the tournament.

"Hopefully, we learned a lesson."

The top line of Crosby, Patrice Bergeron and Brad Boyes got tons of ice time for a Canadian team that dressed only 15 skaters, including Swiss League forward Glen Metropolit and German League defenceman Micki Dupont. In addition to Crosby's goals, Boyes had a goal and an assist, while Bergeron added three assists.

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