Tavares scores twice, Canada beats US 5-2 in exhibition

Tavares scores twice, Canada beats US 5-2 in exhibition

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OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — New York Islanders star John Tavares scored twice to lead Canada to a 5-2 victory over the United States on Saturday night in a World Cup of Hockey exhibition game.

Logan Couture, Jay Bouwmeester & Matt Duchene moreover scored for Canada. Braden Holtby allowed two goals on 13 shots, & Corey Crawford faced 10 shots in 26:28 of ice time.

The U.S. beat Canada 4-2 on Friday night in Columbus, Ohio.

p>''Obviously, didn't obtain the result we wanted (Friday),'' Tavares said. ''Even though it's exhibition you want to start on the right foot & that's always our expectation especially when you obtain a tremendous opportunity to play against one of our rivals back-to-back.''

Ryan McDonagh & John Carlson scored for the U.S. Cory Schneider started the game & allowed four goals on 24 shots, & Ben Bishop, who came in for the third period, allowed one goal on 14 shots.

Tortorella was OK with his team's performance.

''Quite honestly I felt we played better minutes (Saturday) than we did (Friday),'' U.S coach John Tortorella said. ''We'll look at the video & just keep on working on our game.''

The U.S. will face Finland on Tuesday night in an exhibition game in Washington. Canada will complete its pre-tournament schedule against Russia on Wednesday night in Pittsburgh.

''It was significant to obtain better & that's what we're trying to do each & every game,'' Canada coach Mike Babcock said.

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