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Duchene Leads Canada in 10-0 Rout of Germany

by Ron Knabenbauer / Colorado Avalanche

Canada continued its dominant play at the World Championship with its second blowout win in as many games.

Fourteen players on Canada's roster picked up a point Sunday in a 10-0 victory over Germany at O2 Arena in Prague, Czech Republic. Colorado Avalanche forward Matt Duchene led the Canadians in scoring with four points after registering three assists and scoring a penalty-shot goal in the third period.

Canada (2-0-0-0) won its opening contest against Latvia on Friday by a 6-1 score.

Duchene's line, which also included the Edmonton Oilers' Taylor Hall and Jordan Eberle, led the charge for Team Canada. Hall recorded a hat trick, with Duchene assisting on all three tallies, while Eberle finished with two helpers.

"When we were paired up together, we were excited because we know what we all do out there," Duchene said to the official IIHF website. "Everybody does something a little different, which makes for a good line."

Hall scored two of his three goals in the second period. His last tally came after a cross-ice saucer pass by Duchene went over a German player and right to Hall's stick at the left circle.

Avs forward Ryan O'Reilly had two assists in game and helped set up the first goal at the end of a German power play in the first period. O'Reilly blocked a shot in his own zone, quickly grabbed the puck and created a 2-on-1 rush the other way with Sidney Crosby at his right. O'Reilly fed Crosby at the Germany circles for a one-timer goal at 8:02.

Hall recorded his first of the game 23 seconds later before O'Reilly picked up another helper with 3:02 remaining in the opening stanza.

O'Reilly showed why he led the NHL in takeaways this past season, stealing the puck behind the Germany net and feeding it in front to Cody Eakin for a quick-strike goal that extended Canada's lead to three. Eakin later tallied his second of the contest with 11 seconds before the first intermission.

The Canadians kept the pressure on in the second period with five more goals with Aaron Ekblad, Claude Giroux and Tyler Ennis joining Hall on the scoreheet.

Duchene closed the scoring on a penalty shot after Stephan Daschner was called for throwing a stick 2:03 into the third period. On the breakaway, Duchene began wide to the right before cutting back inside, faking a shot in the slot and sliding the puck between the legs of goalie Danny Aus den Birken.

Nathan MacKinnon and Tyson Barrie did not pick up any points in the contest.

Canada's next game is Monday against the Czech Republic at 12:15 p.m. MT.

SWITZERLAND (3) VS. FRANCE (1)

Switzerland scored in each period and picked up its first win of the tournament in a 3-1 victory over France at O2 Arena in Prague.

Avalanche goaltender Reto Berra did not play in the game for the Swiss as Leonardo Genoni got the start in net. Berra made 22 saves in a shootout loss to Austria on Saturday.

Switzerland (1-0-1-0) plays Germany (1-0-0-1) on Tuesday at 8:15 a.m. MT.

FINLAND (3) VS. DENMARK (0)

Finland scored all of its goals in the second period and defeated Denmark 3-0 at CEZ Arena in Ostrava, Czech Republic.

Avs prospect Markus Lauridsen saw 17:42 of ice time while being paired with Mads Boedker on Denmark's third defensive pairing.

Demark (0-0-1-1) plays Belarus on Tuesday at 8:15 a.m. MT.

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