Nugent-Hopkins leads Canada in opening-day win

Wednesday, 12.26.2012 / 7:00 AM | Adam Kimelman  - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Canada captain Ryan Nugent-Hopkins had a goal and four assists as Canada opened the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship with a 9-3 win against Germany on Wednesday.

Nugent-Hopkins and linemates Mark Scheifele and Jonathan Huberdeau dominated the game, combining for 10 points. Huberdeau had a goal and two assists, while Scheifele scored twice, including a shorthanded goal.

"We knew all three of those players are at an NHL level when it comes to their ability and mindset," Canada coach Steve Spott told TSN. "It's one of those things you hope it works out because Mark is playing out of his natural position [on the wing]. Ultimately I thought all three guys would be on the same page mentally because they're all so smart. Mark has adjusted well to the wing. Hopefully they can keep that going."

Xavier Ouellet, Ty Rattie, Ryan Strome, Jonathan Drouin and Tyler Wotherspoon also scored for Canada.

Tobias Rieder, Leonard Pfoderl and Nickolas Latta scored for Germany.

For a full recap of all the happenings on on Day 1 of the WJC, click here.

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