Canada turned a 3-1 deficit into a 5-3 win against Slovakia, drawing upon the advantage that teams naturally get when they fall behind. Hockey analysts frequently cite something called "score effects" when looking at the shot clock. A team that's trailing will direct more pucks at the net, whether it's because they're playing out of urgency, or whether it's because the opposition tends to play a more conservative style which doesn't always yield better results.
So far in this tournament we've seen Connor McDavid The Good as well as Connor McDavid The Bad. It's unfair to blame Canada's loss to the Czechs on a couple of untimely penalties taken by McDavid, who is projected by almost everybody to be the first overall pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, but a closer look at Canada's comeback win against Slovakia shows that one of the reasons was a much better performance from him and his line.
McDavid's line, with Bo Horvat and Sam Reinhart, was the only Canadian line that was routinely giving up scoring chances to the Czechs, but a roster shuffle from coach Brent Sutter seemed to spark the top six. Despite falling behind early and often, the Canadians managed to draw even thanks to a furious third period where their top two lines were firing on all cylinders. The first was the "Q Line" made up of Jonathan Drouin with Anthony Mantha and Charles Hudon. That line was on the ice for three of Canada's eight scoring chances in the third period. The other line was McDavid with Horvat and Scott Laughton, who had been moved up from the checking line in the third period to give Canada a little extra firepower. They had five combined chances in the period.Read More »from World junior championship: Canada’s large scoring chance advantage helped them win third period against Slovakia