Heatley lifts Canada to win over U.S.

Wed May 7, 2008 12:47am EDT
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By Steve Keating

HALIFAX, Nova Scotia (Reuters) - Dany Heatley scored twice, including the winner with 47 seconds left, to lift Canada to a riveting 5-4 victory over the U.S. at the world championships on Tuesday.

The Canadians secured top spot in Group B with a perfect 3-0 record while Russia who survived a goaltending crisis to beat Denmark 4-1 in Quebec City to take first place in Group D.

After the U.S. had stormed back from 3-0 down to level at 4-4, Heatley clinched victory when he ripped a slapshot past Craig Anderson, the game ending with a raucous capacity crowd on its feet and players on the ice, wrestling and throwing punches.

It was the sixth goal in three games for Heatley, the red-hot Ottawa Senators winger who is now the country's all-time leading goal scorer (26) and top scorer (42 points) at the world championships.

"You go through stretches where it doesn't go in and you go through stretches when it does," Heatley told reporters. "It was a great job to battle back like that but at the same time I think we can play better and we will."

After easy wins over Slovenia and Latvia, the Americans provided Canada with their first big test and the defending champions responded with a gritty effort to notch their 12th successive championship win.


Dressed in throwback jerseys worn by the 1976 Canada Cup champions that featured 18 Hockey Hall of Famers, the hosts sped into a 3-0 lead through goals from Heatley, Brent Burns and Jonathan Toews.   Continued...

<p>Canada's Ryan Getzlaf (R) celebrates his assist on the game-winning goal by Dany Heatley in front of Team USA goalie Craig Anderson (L) during the third period of play at the 2008 IIHF World Hockey Championships in Halifax, May 6, 2008. REUTERS/Paul Darrow</p>