Canada 3, USA 1
Canada's first test at the World Hockey Championship went down relatively easy as they dusted off a young American squad 3-1. All of the preliminary clucking from scribes in attendance has heaped praise on Rick Nash and Martin Brodeur, and deservedly so.
Me? I liked what I saw from Dan Boyle, one of the supposed unknowns heading into the tournament. Boyle, 28, played this year with Djurgardens of the SEL and looked far-removed from the player who spent some time in Mike Keenan's doghouse a few years back. With some of Canada's big blueline guns sidelined for this round, moving the offensively-savvy Lightning d-man into a scoring role was a small stroke of genius. Seeing Boyle feed Nash during 4-on-4 play and on the international ice made me long for some patented NHL postseason play.
An interesting note I heard the other day: Only two USA skaters remain on this year's club from the one that defeated Canada in the 1996 World Cup. Hazard a guess at who they are? Highlight the blank space below for the answer.
Doug Weight and Mike Modano.