CANADA VS. GERMANY
Canada needed to score first, no question about that. Joe Thornton was more than happy to help out with a goal midway through the opening period.
The Canadians began the game by dominating play in the Germans end, so much so that Germany didn’t have a shot at the 10 minute mark.
German tender Thomas Greiss was sharp making monster saves on a Sidney Crosby point shot and a Patrick Marleau wrister from the slot, but he eventually gave way to the powerful Canadian attack.
At just over the 10 minute mark Marleau spun around the net and sent a swift pass to Thornton in front, he snapped it home with ease.
Shots finished 14-4 for Canada; yet two of the shots against weren’t exactly easy stops for Roberto Luongo, starting his second game.
Thomas Greilinger and Dennis Seidenberg both sent slap shots Lui’s way forcing the keeper to get his pads dirty.
It’s Canada 1, Germany 0 after 20 minutes.
Goals here, get your Team Canada goals!
The red and white lead Germany 4-1 after a trio of goals in the middle stanza.
Shea Weber got the party started with a shot that was so belligerently supersonic it ripped through the mesh and was out the back of the net and into the glass lickety split.
At first glance the shot appeared to hit the crossbar and fly high. As soon as Grissom and Catherine took it under the microscope, the evidence told a different story. The water bottle had jumped and they don’t do that unless the mesh ripples. Upon further review: GOAL!
The onslaught continued with Jarome Iginla scoring back-to-back goals for Canada. His first of the game and fourth of the tournament came off a scramble in front, the second was off a slapper as he flew down the right wing.
Rick Nash had Canada’s next goal, or he would have if not for suffocating defenders that knocked him to the ice. Yep, penalty shot time.
International rules state that anyone can take the shot, not only the player who was messed with, so Crosby took his best shot on Greiss. His backhander was stopped by the glove of the German keeper.
Germany, a team that has only scored three goals all tournament and has been shutout twice, actually got the best of Luongo late in the second.
Marcel Goc snuck a wraparound past Luongo to beak a streak of 96:34 of shutout time for Captain Lui.
Speaking of Lui: there was an interesting sign to his right in the Canadian end that period. Some guy, clearly a Casanova, had a sign that read: Larissa Neville will you marry me?
I’m not sure what to think of this. I always thought proposal on the jumbotron was the most romantic way to do it, but this guy clearly has me beat.
If you’re that guy are things not awkward when you get home afterwards:
Guy: So….baby…did you see the game?
Girl: No, I PVR’d the new What Not to Wear yesterday, so I watched that.
Girl: Who won the match anyways? Did Mark Messier score?
Guy: Ummm…nevermind (sound of packing bags and moving out).
Canada really went for it over the final 20 minutes scoring four goals and only giving up one to destroy Germany 8-2.
Crosby, on a one-timer in front, Mike Richards, on a one-timer in front, Scott Niedermayer, on a breakaway, and Rick Nash, on a snap shot, were the Canadian goal scorers.
With so much offence it would be easy to overlook the defensive contribution to this game, but that wouldn’t be fair to Luongo and his seven d-men.
Luongo finished with 21 saves; he’s now stopped 34 of 35 shots in two starts, both wins.
The only shot to elude him in the third was off a Marcel Muller shot as the rebound flicked off Manuel Klinge and in.
The defence chipped in on the scoresheet with six points and Drew Doughty finished a plus-4, tops on the team.
There was a nice crowd chant to end the game. Everyone in the house, top of their lungs, were screaming: WE WANT RUSSIA. WE WANT RUSSIA.
Do we ever.
Click here to read Luongo's thoughts about the German attack and Canada facing Ovechkin and company in the quarter-finals Wednesday.