Team USA rebounds with important victory at World Championships Wednesday, while Canada remained idle
Coming off a disappointing loss to Russia on Tuesday, Team USA got right back on the winning track just 24 hours later, on Wednesday, with a 4-1 victory over Finland.
It was a character win too, as the American side scored four times in succession after falling behind by a one-goal deficit.
Lightning netminder Ben Bishop got the day off, so John Gibson got the call to start in net for Team USA, and played well as he made 31 saves.
Matt Carle did not mark the score sheet, but did register two shots on goal, and Nate Thompson chipped in by setting up a goal, as he finished the day with an assist, one shot on goal, a plus-1 rating and with seven wins out of 13 attempts on faceoffs.
Craig Smith scored three of the team’s four goals on the day to complete the hat trick, while Stephen Gionta had the other tally for the Americans.
Team USA will now have a day off on Thursday, when Steven Stamkos and Team Canada are set to return to action.