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Canada 10, Germany 1: Game Blog

FIRST PERIOD: Ryan Getzlaf dominated the ice surface on his first two shifts...

FIRST PERIOD

*** Ryan Getzlaf dominated the ice surface on his first two shifts.

*** Ed Jovanovski hasn’t exactly played great in the tournament so far, and his giveaway resulted in a terrific German scoring chance about five minutes in.

*** Jason Spezza scores a great goal at 5:14, cruising in on a 2-on-1 and, despite being known as a playmaker, rips one through the legs of German goaltender Dimitrij Kotschnew. Spezza has worked hard and played excellent hockey since being bumped to Canada’s fourth line.

*** This is a big game for Canada’s second line. There are only two more Canadian games remaining, one against Finland on Monday and a probable quarter-final tilt on Wednesday. Martin St. Louis, Eric Staal and Derek Roy should seize the reins from the Ryan Getzlaf line in at least one of these games.

*** Canada has come out hitting, and Getzlaf, in particular, is making an impact.

*** Ed Jovanovski just buried Michael Wolf.

*** The shots are 8-0 more than 12 minutes in, so Canada is clearly on its game today.

*** Canadian defenceman Dan Hamhuis just made an outstanding play to create a Dany Heatley goal. From his knees, he pushed the puck ahead to a breaking Dany Heatley, who potted his seventh goal in four games through the legs of Dimitrij Kotschnew. Shots are 9-0 for Canada at the time of the goal, 13:25.

*** Germany gets its first shot at the 14:49 mark.

*** The second line gets on the board at 16:05. Martin St. Louis creates the chance on the forecheck and feeds Eric Staal from behind the net to make it 3-0.

*** Patrick Sharp gets lucky with 22.8 seconds left in the period. He goes for a centring pass to Jamal Mayers and it bounces off a German skate and through the legs of Kotschnew to make it 4-0 heading into the intermission.

SECOND PERIOD

*** Robert Muller starts the second period in goal, replacing Kotschnew.

*** Eric Staal is having a big game, recording his second goal and third point 3:42 into the period. He busted through two defencemen to get a lone and beat Muller blocker side with a bullet shot.

*** Staal getting fired up is a very big deal for Canada. Dany Heatley can’t do it all for Canada, especially as they approach the playoff round.

*** Make it a hat trick for Staal. At 8:20, he takes another pass from St. Louis from behind the net and taps it through the legs of Muller. The second line is certainly getting it done for Canada today.

*** Canada makes it 7-0 on a power play, as Derek Roy buries the rebound of a Mike Green point shot over Muller. Canada now has more goals (seven) than Germany has shots (six), which is a bit embarrassing for the visitors.

*** Canada is working its tails off and certainly deserves its 7-0 lead.

*** Eric Staal might catch teammate Dany Heatley for the goal-scoring lead by the time this game is over. He one-handed the rebound of a Chris Kunitz shot over a sprawled Muller to make it 8-0, with half the goals from Staal.

*** Germany has eight shots.

*** Staal is a goal away from tying Eric Lindros’s single-game record for goals (five) and points (six), which would be an impressive accomplishment.

*** It’s 9-0 for Canada now, courtesy of seldom-used forward Jamal Mayers while shorthanded. The Canadian players haven’t bothered celebrating goals anymore, although it’s nice to see the hard-hitting Mayers get on the board.

THIRD PERIOD

*** Mike Green makes it double digits, 10-0, on a power play, from Brent Burns and Martin St. Louis, just 97 seconds into the final period.

*** There’s not much analysis to offer. Germany has folded the tent and Canada isn’t letting up. Canada is still scoring more than Germany is shooting, with a narrow 10-9 edge in that department. Canada has 35 shots.

*** Staal, gunning for the single-game goal record, just had a fantastic chance on a 2-on-1 with Martin St. Louis with 14:16 left, but couldn’t get the handle on the pass.

*** A small moral victory, if you can even call it that, for Germany. Mike Green gets caught on an ill-timed pinch, and Florian Bush manages to put one in on a partial breakaway that may have gone off a Canadian skate. It’s 10-1 for Canada with 11:20 remaining. The Germans haven’t played well enough to deserve a goal, but kudos to Bush for capitalizing on Green’s miscue.

*** Another chance at six points went out the window when Staal fed Martin St. Louis for a breakaway, but Muller blockered away the shot.

*** Canada skates away with a 10-1 win, and is now a perfect five-for-five at the world hockey championship. The Staal line finally busted out, which bodes well heading into the final qualification game against Finland on Monday at 4:30 p.m., as well as the quarter-finals, which are being held on Wednesday.

 
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