The Slovaks were finally able to get one past Martin Brodeur as Team Canada fumbled the puck deep in their own zone. Martin Cibak came flying out of the corner to bury one top-shelf over the sprawling Canadian goalie. The goal breathed life into the Europeans and it looked like there could be a repeat of another game earlier in the day. Sweden was up 4-0 in the third period over the Czech Republic, but only beat them by a score of 4-3 in the end.
Slovakia's hopes were dashed, however, on an unbelievable play at 7:15 of the third period. Vincent Lacavalier hammered a shot past the Slovak goalie, only to have it carome off the post. Ryan Smyth, however, marked his second goal of the night by picking the ricocheting puck up and burying it in the near-empty net to give Team Canada a 5-1 advantage. Even a penalty to Canada late in the game for roughing couldn't reduce that deficit for the Slovaks, so that's where it ended.
With 4 points, Canada remains the top team in the North American Pool and plays Russia this Saturday in Toronto. Sweden still dominates the European Pool, also with 4 points.