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2009 World Championships - Day 1

by Staff Writer / Tampa Bay Lightning
Steven Stamkos didn’t waste any time in showing the world why Hockey Canada selected him to participate in the 2009 IIHF World Championships. It only took the Lightning center 1:05 to beat Belarusian goaltender Vitali Koval and score his first goal of the tournament. Fittingly, his line-mate in Tampa Bay, Martin St. Louis, provided the primary assist on the goal as Canada went on to a 6-1 victory at Zurich-Kloten Arena in Kloten, Switzerland.

It was all in day’s work for Stamkos, who added another goal late in the first period with Canada on the power play to make it 2-0. He was rewarded for his efforts by being named the Player of the Game for Team Canada (1-0).  Toronto's Mikhail Grabovski was named Player of the Game for Belarus (0-1).

Ottawa’s Dany Heatley also scored two goals and added an assist while teammate Jason Spezza had a goal and two helpers. Edmonton’s Dwayne Roloson made 23 saves on 24 shots for the win.

In other action today Lightning prospect Vasily Kosheckhin was not in the line-up as Phoenix’s Ilya Bryzgalov made 20 saves on 20 shots faced in Russia’s 5-0 win over Germany at Postfinance Arena in Bern.

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