After Canada took down Latvia 6-1 in the opening game, Germany proved to be anything but challenging on Sunday with the Canadians winning 10-0.
Canada’s start began somewhat rocky due to a few penalties right off the bat, but two quick goals by Canada really helped their momentum. The team took a 1-0 lead at 8:02 in the first after Ryan O’Reilly fed Sidney Crosby on the 2-on-1. Crosby didn’t get a good handle on the pass originally, but after giving it a brief second, he was able to roof the shot over Dennis Endras, who committed to the shot too low.
23 seconds later, it was already 2-0. While many Oilers fans were pleased to see Connor McDavid record a five point night in Erie’s conference championship yesterday, two of their current first liners were over in the Czech Republic making fantastic plays. Fans are probably familiar with Jordan Eberle and Taylor Hall connecting for points, so it wasn’t much of a surprise to see Eberle make a pass from the side of the net to Hall, who was lucky enough to have Endras lift his pad up at the worst possible time to secure the goal.
O’Reilly was one of the most effective Canadians in the first, an assist near the end of the period helped cement that. Behind the German net, the Avalanche forward spent a good amount of time forcing Björn Krupp to make a mistake with the puck. Eventually, O’Reilly was able to steal the puck and send it off to Cody Eakin, who fired it home right in front of the net to make it 3-0. Eakin would score his second of the game with just 11 seconds left, picking up a failed Tyler Toffoli shot before backhanding it over Endras.
Canada’s onslaught continued. Two minutes into the second period, Hall got his second of the game after faking Patrick Köppchen with a deke and shooting below Endras’ pad, making it 5-0 Canada. Two minutes later, Aaron Ekblad took a pass over from Claude Giroux, firing one home to officially be the youngest player in the tournament this year to score a goal. Being the youngest full-time player in the NHL participating at the tournament, that likely won’t change. Giroux would get one of his own before the period was half over, using David Savard as a screen to fire the puck past Danny aus den Birken, who had now taken over in net. To make matters worse, Hall would score his third of the night after taking a nice pass from Matt Duchene in front of the net, giving Canada the 9-0 lead before the third period.
Think Canada was done putting shots in the back of the net? Think again. In a strange little occurrence, Stephan Daschner was given a penalty for pushing Matt Duchene’s stick away after he went to pick it up. The play resulted in a penalty shot, where the talented Colorado Avalanche forward would make aus den Birken look absolutely silly with a beautiful deke that ended up going five-hole. It proved to be the final game for the Canadians, who would finish with a 10-0 victory over the Germans to stay undefeated.
Canada will have their toughest competition to date against the hosts from Czech Republic on Monday at 2:15pm EST. Germany, who did end up defeating France yesterday in a late-night thriller, will have to wait until Tuesday to take on the Swiss.
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