Canada 3 , Finland 2 after two

Late getting this one going tonight, but I was able to watch the entire second period of Canada's exhibition with Finland, with the third period forthcoming. The first few minutes had a slow feel to it, as the Fins played a tight defensive zone. At about the halfway point, goals and hits opened the game up some. Tyler Ennis scored after a nice play by Cody Hodgson for Canada's goal in the opening period as the two teams entered the second frame tied 1-1. Tyler Myers looked very solid in the period. When he gets the puck, he skates it up fluidly against the plugged Finnish zone. Again, we marvel at this skating ability. Crisp starts and stops, gliding in and out of his end. Defensively, he quickly collects pucks and advances it up ice. I saw his efforts lead to two scoring opportunities against Finnish tender Juha Metsola. Scoring in the period opened when Tomi Sallinen scored down low on Dustin Tokarski to give Finland a 2-1 lead. Minutes later, the line of Jordan Eberle-Cody Hodgson-Zach Boychuk connected with a nice rush resulting in the big-bodied Hodgson burying a Boychuk rebound for a 2-2 tie. Minutes after that, Brett Sonne pounced on a Stefan Della Rovere wraparound to give Canada the 3-2 lead.
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Seems like you have nothing but good things to say about Myers. You've mentioned the possibility before, but I can't help but wonder if we'll see 3 first-year starters on defense next year: Butler, Weber, and Myers. I'm thinking we CAN pull something off and make the Bouwmeester deal like you said before Bakes, or at least get an elite defenseman. Even with Rivet, Sekera, ? , Weber, Butler, and Myers, if you fill that gap with a guy like Bouwmeester, that's an improvement from what we have on defense now; we're either too soft along the boards, too slow, or can't clear the puck for the life of us, which I think all contributed to the OT loss to Montreal on Sat. I'm thinking we'd need more of an impactful defensemen rather than Lydman to fill that gap with all those young guys on defense.

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