World Junior: Jenner a factor for Canada, Americans took to rebound

Friday, 12.30.2011 / 3:14 PM
By Rob Mixer - BlueJackets.com / 2012 World Junior Championships

While the Blue Jackets were busy beating the Dallas Stars last night at American Airlines Center, one of their top prospects turned in a solid performance on junior hockey's biggest stage. Team Canada continued its torrid pace in the preliminary round of the 2012 World Junior Hockey Championship, keeping the Rexall Place crowd entertained from start to finish in a 10-2 win over Denmark.

It's a tough position for the Canadians, because while they know they're a far better team than Denmark, they have to "pour it on" to not lose their killer instinct in the later rounds. Blue Jackets draft pick Boone Jenner, captain of the OHL's Oshawa Generals, picked up a pair of assists in Canada's rout and continued to be a physical presence all over the ice. He's stepped up in the leadership department, too, as Devante Smith-Pelly is out for the rest of the tournament. Canada head coach Don Hay has shown no hesitancy to use Jenner on the top penalty-killing units, and he was the first forward out for a 5-on-3 disadvantage earlier this week.

For the Americans, they need to rebound big-time.

Their 4-1 loss to Finland on Wednesday was as shocking as it was a major setback. John Gibson struggled in goal, but USA head coach Dean Blais did not back down from his decision to start him over Jack Campbell. It's expected that Campbell is back in goal today against the Czech Republic (featuring Blue Jackets prospects Lukas Sedlak and Petr Straka), but the Americans' struggles against Finland were hardly the fault of the goaltender.

T.J. Tynan's game has come along as the tournament progresses, and he certainly caught the eye of NHL Network analyst Dave Starman. Starman regularly covers NCAA hockey for CBS Sports and the Notre Dame forward has garnered praise for his versatility.

Starman (@DaveStarmanCBS) tweeted this in response to a question about Tynan: "Showing great speed and hockey sense. Need to see him generate chances tmw - so gifted as a playmaker.

Today's game gets under way at 3:30 p.m. on the NHL Network.

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Johnson 1 1 1 0 2
D. MacKenzie 1 1 0 0 1
M. Letestu 1 1 0 1 1
B. Dubinsky 1 0 1 1 1
B. Jenner 1 0 1 -1 1
F. Tyutin 1 0 0 -1 0
J. Wisniewski 1 0 0 0 0
B. Comeau 1 0 0 -1 0
N. Nikitin 1 0 0 0 0
J. Skille 1 0 0 -1 0
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Bobrovsky 0 1 0 .875 4.07
 
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