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Canada clinches Super Series in dominating fashion with 8-1 rout of Russia

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WINNIPEG (CP) - Gatineau Olympiques forward Claude Giroux scored twice and Canada continued its domination of the eight-game Super Series with an 8-1 win on Tuesday.

Canada clinched the series with their fifth straight win in front of 13,563 fans at MTS Centre.

It was the first game on Canadian ice after four games in Russia, and the widest margin of victory so far after a 6-2 win in Europe.

The teams meet again Wednesday in Saskatoon, Friday in Red Deer, Alta., and Sunday in Vancouver.

Giroux was named Canada's player of the game after his two markers sparked his team to a five-goal second period.

Logan Pyett, David Perron, Sam Gagner, Zac Boychuk, Zach Hamill and Kyle Turris also scored for Canada.

Jonathan Bernier of the Lewiston Maineiacs, who earned a victory in Game 2, started in net. Vadim Zhelobnyuk was in goal for Russia.

The Super Series commemorates the 35th anniversary of the 1972 Summit Series between victorious Canada and the Soviet Union. Game 3 of that '72 series was played on Sept. 6 in Winnipeg.

National pride was on full display at MTS Centre Tuesday. Some fans dyed their hair red, others painted maple leafs on their faces and one even stood in an intersection Tuesday night waving a Canadian flag in support of the national junior hockey squad.

"I just love my country," said Darryl Beilby, a 25-year-old fan who played traffic cop and yelled at motorists as he waved a flag in the intersection by the arena before the game.

"I just had to cheer the boys. Tonight is the clincher, but it would be nice if they could win the next three as well."

The juniors sported replica 1972 jerseys for the game. It's the first time that style of jersey - red with a huge, partial white maple leaf on the front - has been worn by any of Canada's national teams since the '72 series.

Hockey Canada is auctioning off Tuesday night's game-worn jerseys and game-worn helmets on eBay until Sept. 12. The jerseys will not be signed, but the white helmets are signed by two members of the 1972 team - Dennis Hull and Rod Seiling - along with the junior player who wore them.

The first period was scoreless despite plenty of good scoring chances by Team Canada, including a four-minute power play, half of which was two-man advantage.

The Canadians made up for any missed chances in the second period with five goals u three on the power play, one short-handed and one at even strength.

Capitalizing on the power play, Giroux deked left, moved right and slid the puck around the outstretched skate of Zhelobnyuk for the 1-0 lead at 3:18.

Giroux added his second goal of the game during a scramble in the Russian crease at 6:05 of the second. His shot appeared to go off Zhelobnyuk's body.

Russian forward Alexander Vasyunov got his team on the board on clear shot that beat Bernier during a power play. The unassisted goal came at 8:56. He was named his team's player of the game. Less than three minutes later, Canada responded with a short-handed goal by Regina Pats defenceman Pyett to widen the gap 3-1 at 11:52.

Lewiston's Perron and London Knights forward Gagner each scored with the man advantage to make it 5-1 as the second period ended.

Russia led 23-22 on shots on goal after two periods, but Canada made its shots count.

The lead was stretched to 6-1 when Lethbridge's Boychuk found the net at 6:53 of the third period.

Russia had a two-man advantage after Boychuk's goal, but came up empty-handed. Canada then almost immediately went on the power play and forward Hamill of the Everett Silvertips potted his first goal of the series at 13:07.

Turris of the Burnaby Express made it 8-1 two minutes later with his fourth goal of the series.

Soon after, the crowd started chanting the chorus of the song "Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye" at the Russians, and then gave the Canadian players a standing ovation for the last minute of play.

The Russians outshot Canada 33-30.

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