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CANADA 10 - GERMANY 0
Team Canada improved to 2-0-0 at the 2015 IIHF World Hockey Championship with a dominant 10-0 win over Team Germany Sunday in Prague, Czech Republic.
Taylor Hall (Edmonton Oilers) recorded a hat trick, Cody Eakin (Dallas Stars) chipped in with a pair, and Sidney Crosby (Pittsburgh Penguins), Aaron Ekblad (Florida Panthers), Claude Giroux (Philadelphia Flyers), Tyler Ennis (Buffalo Sabres) and Matt Duchene (Colorado Avalanche) added singles in
the one-sided victory.
Fourteen different skaters tallied at least one point. Five, including Duchene who had
three assists, had multi-point nights.
Martin Jones (Los Angeles Kings) made 17 saves for the shutout.
Crosby opened the scoring with a beautiful play off the rush, easily converting a 2-on-1 pass from Ryan O’Reilly to make it a 1-0 game, eight minutes in.
Twenty-three seconds later, Hall extended the lead to two after firing home a pass from his Oilers teammate, Jordan Eberle.
Eakin, a Winnipeg native, scored two in the final three minutes and change to put the red and white up by a commanding margin.
The intermission did little to quell the attack as the deadly duo struck soon after the drop of the puck.
Snapping a shot five-hole, Hall made it a 5-0 game after being given a lane down the middle. Credit the assist to Duchene, who choreographed the play with a beautiful feed and fake off the rush.
Canada’s youngest player, 19-year-old Ekblad, ended the night for German ‘tender Dennis Endras with a goal at 4:29. After taking a pass from Giroux, the Calder finalist wired a shot glove side, increasing the lead to an even half-dozen.
Endras finished the night with nine saves on 15 shots. He was replaced by Danny Aus den Birken, who stopped 14 of 18 in over 35 minutes of work.
Giroux added one of his own before assisting on Ennis’ 8-0 goal at 15:16. Factoring on three straight, Giroux had himself a game,
Finishing off Duchene’s feathery saucer pass, Hall completed the hat trick with 23 seconds to play in the middle frame.
Duchene rounded out the scoring early in the third period as he made no mistake on a penalty shot, sliding a shot through the wickets of Aus den Birken. Next up:
Canada vs. Czech Republic – Monday, May 4 at 1:15pm CT.
-- Ryan Dittrick, WinnipegJets.com