CANADA 8, KAZAKHSTAN 0
Devan Dubnyk stopped all 24 shots he faced while Dion Phaneuf scored twice as Canada routed Kazakhstan, 8-0, Saturday in Helsinki.
Kazakhstan started well against Canada, keeping the score to 1-0 through the first 30 minutes.
“It was a tight game early,” said Phaneuf. “They came out hard. We respected them as an opponent - I think any team in this tournament has proven it can win on any given night.”
Corey Perry, Alex Burrows, Evander Kane, John Tavares
, Teddy Purcell and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins also scored on a night where all but five players recorded at least one point for Canada (5-0-1). Duncan Keith and Ryan Getzlaf each added three assists.
Early third-period goals, 50 seconds apart, by Kane, Tavares and Purcell chased Vladislov Kolesnik from the net before Phaneuf got his second goal of the night at 5:53 against backup Vitali Yeremeyev.
“We wanted to try and wear them down and try and wear their belief down,” said Tavares. “I think over the course of the game we did that. Eventually, we got the results that we wanted.”
Canada can clinch the top seed in the Helsinki pool with a victory in its final round robin game against Belarus on Tuesday. After that, it will need three straight victories to claim the country's first world championship gold since 2007.
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