US beats Canada 4-2 in World Cup hockey exhibition
FILE - In this May 27, 2016 file photo, San Jose Sharks' Joe Pavelski skates during an NHL hockey practice in San Jose, Calif. The San Jose Sharks center, coming off a trip to the Stanley Cup finals, has had the shortest of summers. Pavelski along with the best hockey players in the world will be reporting to World Cup camps on Monday, Sept. 5,. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Patrick Kane and Joe Pavelski each had a goal and an assist to help the United States beat Canada 4-2 on Friday night in an exhibition game before the World Cup of Hockey.
The teams will play again Saturday night in Ottawa, Ontario.
Jonathan Quick made 32 saves in the first two periods, and Ben Bishop stopped nine shots in the third. Zach Parise and Derek Stepan also scored for the Americans.
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Carey Price, playing for first time since a sprained medial collateral ligament in his right knee ended his season for the Montreal Canadiens on Nov. 25, had 22 saves for Canada.
Patrice Bergeron and Drew Doughty scored for Canada.
U.S. forward Ryan Kesler was ejected late in the second period for boarding Shea Weber.
Price had nothing to do early as the Canadians held a 12-1 shots advantage through the first 12 minutes. The momentum shifted shortly after the first U.S. penalty kill and the Americans held a 18-15 shots advantage after the first to go along with a 2-0 lead.
Parise opened the scoring when he skated though the low slot to redirect Ryan Suter's shot with 3:04 left. Kane, the NHL's leading scorer and most valuable player last season, doubled the lead 1:05 later. He took a pass down low and fired on Price from a bad angle. Price made the save, but Kane scored off the rebound.
Bergeron made it 2-1 midway through the second when he converted a rebound off Sidney Crosby's shot.
Pavelski restored the two-goal lead with 4:06 to go in the period. Price made the initial stop on Jack Johnson but Pavelski scored on the rebound.
Doughty made it 3-2 at 5:31 of the third with a slap shot from the right circle.
NOTES: Crosby's head coach in Pittsburgh, Mike Sullivan, is an assistant with the United States … Healthy scratches for the U.S. were Cory Schneider, defenseman Erik Johnson and forward James van Riemsdyk. Canadian scratches were goalie Corey Crawford, defenseman Jay Bouwmeester and forward Corey Perry. … The attendance was 17,991. The capacity is 18,144.