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Canada Hammers Germany

by Staff Writer / Toronto Maple Leafs

February 16, 2006

TURIN, Italy (CP) -- Wade Redden, Joe Sakic and Simon Gagne scored in the first period as the Canadian men's hockey team coasted to a 5-1 victory over Germany for its second straight decisive win at the Winter Olympics.

Dany Heatley and Shane Doan also scored for Canada, which looked a little sharper and more energetic than in Wednesday's 7-2 win over host Italy.

Defenceman Christian Ehrhoff scored in the second period for Germany.

The Germans opted to rest veteran goaltender Olaf Kolzig in favour of Thomas Greiss, a 20-year-old German league player who looked nervous while allowing three goals on nine first-period shots before settling down to make 17 saves in the second frame.

Canada outshot Germany 40-12 overall.

Germany, which lost its opener 4-1 to the Czech Republic, elected to save Kolzig for games this weekend against Italy and Switzerland, which it sees as key to qualifying for the quarter-finals.

Canadian flags were prominent among the crowd of 8,554 in the nearly soldout Palasport Olympic for what turned out to be a methodical Canadian win interrupted frequently for penalties called by Swedish referee Christer Larking.

Adam Foote had to slide to make a save on Lasse Kopitz after Roberto Luongo was caught out of the net and on the ensuing counterattack, Gagne fed Redden to beat Greiss between the pads 4:52 into the game.

The Germans missed another good chance late in the period when Marcel Goc ripped a shot off a goalpost.

Sakic fired Rick Nash's rebound in at the side of the net on a power play at 7:29 and Gagne outworked a defender to slide a loose puck in at 10:49 with each team short a player.

The Canadians came out sluggish in the second period and the Germans made them pay as Ehrhoff scored on a wrist shot from the top of the slot with the teams' playing four-on-four at 9:13.

Germany then killed off a two-man Canadian advantage for 1:42 in which Greiss excelled.

It looked as if the Germans might get back into the game, but Canada stepped up the tempo and got the goal back as Heatley batted the rebound of Foote's shot off the end boards out of the air into an open net. The goal stood up after video review.

Doan circled the net and scored on a wrist shot with 34 seconds left in the game.

Canadian defenceman Bryan McCabe was sent off for 12 minutes early in the third period for a hit from behind into the boards that left forward Tino Boos holding an icepack over his left eye on the bench.

The Germans have five NHL players, with two more who are missing the tournament with injuries _ Jochen Hecht and Marco Sturm. The rest play in European leagues.

Notes: Canada wore stark black uniforms with only a trace of the national colours, red and white, in bars down the side of the jersey. The men's and women's game-worn black jerseys are to be auctioned on eBay from Feb. 16 to Feb. 26 to raise money for Canada's Olympic and Paralympic hockey programs. ... The Germans have one Canadian-born player, defenceman Robert Leask, 34, of Toronto, who has played for three AHL clubs in his career. ... Canada is (87-20-7) all-time against Germany.

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