Canada vs. U.S.A.: players to watch
Players to watch on Canadian and American teams at the world junior hockey championship final:
1. Jordan Eberle, forward — Canada's top forward is tied for the tournament lead with six goals. In his second tournament, the Regina Pats winger has tied John Tavares for the most career world junior goals by a Canadian with 12. His goal against Russia with five seconds left in regulation in last year's semifinal is a classic.
2. Jake Allen, goaltender — The Montral Junior netminder has allowed only five goals in five games in the tournament, but four of them were against the U.S. His stop on Jordan Schroeder in a shootout gave Canada the round-robin win over the Americans. He boasts a .932 save percentage.
3. Alex Pietrangelo, defenceman — The rangy veteran who played for the St. Louis Blues earlier this season leads all defencemen with 11 points and is plus-8 for the tournament. His shorthanded goal forced overtime against the U.S.
1. Derek Stepan, forward — The American captain leads the tournament with 12 points, including three goals. He typifies the U.S. squad as a dogged forechecker and has proven to be a top playmaker.
2. John Carlsson, defence — His plus-9 rating is tied with Canada's Travis Hamonic and Brayden Schenn for tops in the event. Heads a strong puck-moving defence corps.
3. Jerry D'Amigo, forward — The Toronto Maple Leafs prospect has five goals and five assists. His goal on an end-to-end rush in the semifinals against Sweden sparked a comeback victory.