HAMILTON, Ontario -- Present superstar Wayne Gretzky had a goal and three assists and potential superstar Eric Lindros scored the first of five straight goals for Canada, which beat the USA, 6-3, in Canada Cup competition last night.
The Canadians, who skated to a 2-2 tie with Finland in their previous game in the tournament, beat the USA to the puck repeatedly in the first period, scoring twice on the power play and once short-handed to take a lead they never lost.
Playing without coach Bob Johnson, who is hospitalized in Pittsburgh after having a brain tumor removed last week, the USA didn't show anything until late in the second period.
By then, the USA, which handled Sweden, 6-3, in its first game, was down, 5-0. Craig Janney of the Boston Bruins had two of Team USA's goals.
Lindros, a high-scoring junior phenom taken first overall by the Quebec Nordiques in June's NHL draft, made it 1-0 when he finished off a cross-crease pass from Gretzky at 7:48 of the first period while the USA's Kevin Hatcher was off for high-sticking.
Gretzky collared a loose puck while the USA was on a power play to set up Canada's next goal. He started a two-on-one before passing to Steve Larmer, who beat goalie Mike Richter at 13:24.
Dale Hawerchuk made it 3-0 when he knocked the puck over Richter in a scramble in the crease at 15:05 on the power play.
Sweden 3, Soviet Union 2
MONTREAL -- Tomas Sandstrom's slap shot with 3 minutes, 54 seconds remaining gave Sweden a victory.
Finland 1, Czechoslovakia 0
SASKATOON, Saskatchewan -- Czechoslovakia forward Martin Rucinsky scored into his own net with 17 seconds left, inadvertently giving Finland a victory.