Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Canada defeated Germany in overtime of their 2003 World Championships quarterfinals matchup when Eric Brewer scored just 37 seconds into overtime while Sweden knocked out host Finland in a dramatic comeback win 6-5 after trailing 5-1 seven minutes into the second period.
Both clubs advanced to the Finals with easy wins, Canada 8-4 over the Czech Republic while Sweden eliminated Slovakia 4-1.
Sweden broke out of the gate with two goals from Matthias Tjarnqvist and P. J. Axelsson before Shawn Horcoff got one back for Canada before the first period ended 2-1 for Sweden. The second period passed with no scoring, leaving Sweden up by a goal with 20 minutes to play.
The first half of the third period resulted in no scoring until Shane Doan broke through for the Canadians to even the score at 2-2. During the remainder of regulation, the teams both had good scoring chances but were kept scoreless and the game then moved into sudden death with the title on the line.
Overtime was a thrilling affair, with Canada's Roberto Luongo and Sweden's Mikael Tellqvist each making several great saves to keep the game alive.
Approaching the 14 minute mark, Canada's Anson Carter shot from the right just over the blueline, which went by Tellqvist on his glove side to the boards, only to have Carter pounce on the puck and immediately try a wraparound shot as Tellqvist attempted to cover the far post in time.
Carter's shot and Tellqvist's pad both arrived at the same time and the puck disappeared under Tellqvist's pad. Carter, convinced the shot was a goal, began to celebrate as the Canadians poured off the bench. Meanwhile, Tellqvist rotated his legs, sending the puck back into play as the Swedes jumped on the loose puck to begin a rush back up the ice, only to find a Canadian hog pile forming at their blueline as the Czech referee Vladimir Sindler stopped play but had not yet signaled a goal.
The goal, the game and the championship itself, were now in the hands of the video goal judge Pavel Halas upstairs.
As the over 13,ooo fans in Helsinki's Hartwall Areena waited a minute, then two, as time began to drag on as the team's awaited their fate.
"I knew I had to be 100% sure," said Halas. "There was not time for feelings, you have to get it right."
Sindler conferred with Halas, but, having been positioned on the opposite side of the goal, could offer no help. Halas required no less than eight different angles before viewing an angle from the upper left side showing the entire puck across the line before disappearing under Tellqvist's pad, but only after zooming in on the footage and reviewing it for three minutes before determining the puck was completely over the line.
Now informed of Halas' descision, Sindler pointed to center ice to indicate a good goal, sending Canada into a second wild celebration with their first championship in six years now officially confirmed, a process that took five minutes, but created a memory for Carter that will last a lifetime.
Today's featured jersey is a 2003 Team Canada Dany Heatley jersey where he led Canada in scoring with 7 goals and 3 assists for 10 points in 9 games.
Heatley has an impressive international resume in the space of just ten years, thanks in part to being a member of the Atlanta Thrashers, who failed to qualify for the NHL playoffs, and the Ottawa Senators, whose early exits from the playoffs, freed Heatley up for World Championship duty.
Heatley first played internationally for Canada in the 2000 and 2001 World Junior Championships, coming home with bronze medals both times.
2002 saw his first of six appearances to date in the World Championships, with gold medals in 2003 and 2004 and silver in 2005, 2008 and 2009.
He has also appeared for Canada at the 2004 World Cup of Hockey, earning a silver medal, and the Olympics twice, first in 2006 and then most recently in 2010 as a member of the gold medal team.
His totals currently stand at 74 points in 71 games from 44 goals and 30 assists, highlighted by his 20 points in nine games at the 2008 World Championships.
Today's video section shows, in two parts, Anson Carter's gold medal winning goal, which required five minutes of review to determine that it did, in fact, cross the goal line.