MINSK, Belarus - After their shocking shootout loss to France on Friday, it was another former Los Angeles Kings netminder who made the difference. Fortunately for Team Canada, this time, it was in their favour. as Ben Scrivens stopped 22 of 23 shots to lead his country to a 4-1 win over Slovakia.
After a scoreless first period, it was the Slovakians who got on the board first courtesy of former NHLer Miroslav Satan. The Canadians, however, answered just under five minutes later as Washington's Joel Ward scored.
In the third, Team Canada began to pull away.
At the 7:07 mark of the third, Cody Hodgson of the Buffalo Sabres gave Canada their first lead of the contest, beating Slovakian netminder Jan Laco.
The score remained status quo until just under three minutes to go in regulation when Vancouver defenseman Kevin Bieksa gave Team Canada some insurance. Then, for good measure, Joel Ward potted his second of the game with just 1:11 remaining in the third to seal the victory.
Aside from his blemish that gave the aforementioned Miroslav Satan a goal, goaltender Ben Scrivens was solid for Team Canada. After his former Leafs teammate James Riemer fell on the short end of the France game on Friday, it was the 27-year-old Scrivens's turn to prove himself - and he did just that, shutting down a Slovakian squad that may not get the credit it deserves. While it was for only a brief time, fans of the Los Angeles Kings witnessed what Scrivens is capable of when he donned the silver-and-black earlier this season.
Former King Brayden Schenn also chipped in for Team Canada on this day with an assist. Slovakia had another former King in Ladislav Nagy, but the veteran was ineffective en route to his country starting 0-2 at this tournament.
With the win, Team Canada improves to 1-0-1, giving GM Rob Blake his first win.
After a less-than-promising start against France on Friday, the Canadians avenged said loss will a solid 4-1 on Saturday. Now, they hope to continue their winning ways.
They have an off-day on Sunday but Team Canada will be right back at it on Monday when they square off against the Czech Republic.