Spengler Cup Recap: Team Canada vs. Spartak Moscow (December 27, 2010)

The 2010 edition of the Spengler Cup opened on Boxing Day (Dec. 26) with Canada awaiting the outcome of the first match-up between HC Davos and Spartak Moscow. That game ended with HC Davos defeating Spartak Moscow 4-2, meaning Moscow was to play Canada in Day 2 while Davos took the day off and will play Canada on Day 3.

Team Canada vs. Spartak Moscow

Dominik Hasek, a veteran of professional hockey, having played in various international tournaments like the Canada Cup, World Cup, Olympics, World Championships, etc., plus a long and varied NHL career with teams as diverse as Chicago, Buffalo, Detroit, and Ottawa, made his Spengler Cup debut against Team Canada. In case you are hearing about this tournament for the first time, the Spengler Cup is an annual event that takes place from Boxing Day (Dec. 26) to New Years Eve (Dec. 31) and in most situations, Team Canada is mainly comprised of Canadian players who play for various European clubs. Head coach Mark Messier also made his Spengler Cup debut in this game. He never played in the tournament as he was a 26-year NHL regular with the teams he played with over the years (Edmonton, New York Rangers, Vancouver). Now, the game at hand…

Starting goaltenders for this game were Dominik Hasek (Moscow) and Jeff Deslauriers (Canada). Deslauriers started the regular season between the Oklahoma City AHL team and the Edmonton Oilers.

Early into the contest, Canada receives the game’s first powerplay, but is short-lived when they themselves run afoul and a 4-on-4 occurs. More penalties occur soon after, and late in the opening period, a 5-on-3 for Moscow, but that does not produce any results. The opening period ends with both teams scoreless and Canada taking a powerplay into the second. Early in the second, Canada gets the 5-on-3 and soon after opens up the scoring on a goal by Martin Kariya. More minor penalties result in another brief 5-on-3 for Moscow. They fail to capitalize. Canada in the second half of the period gets their second 5-on-3 and they make no mistake. They score on a goal by Yanick Lehoux. Moments later, another powerplay goal, this time by Micki Dupont. One more minor penalty occurs in the second and after 40 minutes, the score was Canada 3 Moscow 0. In the third period, Canada keeps things going. They make it 4-0 on Eric Landry’s first of the tournament. Dominik Hasek was having a pretty rough Spengler Cup debut by his standards. With about 5 minutes left to go, Josh Holden gives Canada the 5-0 lead, but seconds later, Jeff Deslauriers’ shutout bid is denied when Mikhail Junkov puts the Spartak squad on the board, but not long after that, Canada’s 5-goal lead is restored when Glen Metropolit scores his first of the tournament to make it 6-1. That is your final score. Canada defeats Spartak Moscow 6-1.

Canada’s next game is on Tuesday against the host squad HC Davos. Both teams are 1-0 while Spartak Moscow is 0-2.

Picture: TSN recording