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Hall's hat trick leads Canada past Germany 10-0 at world hockey championship

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PRAGUE - Taylor Hall had a hat trick to lead Canada in a 10-0 rout of Germany on Sunday at the world hockey championship.

Cody Eakin had a pair of goals for Canada (2-0), while Aaron Ekblad, Claude Giroux, Tyler Ennis, Sidney Crosby and Matt Duchene also scored. Martin Jones earned the shutout with 18 saves.

Dennis Endras and Danny Aus den Birken split time in net for Germany (1-1).

Crosby corralled a bouncing pass from Ryan O'Reilly and put the puck over the right shoulder of Endras at the 11:58 mark of the first period for a 1-0 lead.

Just 23 seconds later, Hall gave Canada a 2-0 lead, taking a feed from Edmonton Oilers teammate Jordan Eberle from behind the net and snapping it past Endras.

O'Reilly earned his second assist of the game, stealing the puck behind Germany's goal-line and passing it out to Eakin, who tapped the puck in to the net for a 3-0 lead.

Eakin's backhand off a rebound for his second goal in two minutes 21 seconds for a 4-0 lead heading to the first intermission.

Duchene passed back to Hall on a 3-on-2 breakaway then crashed the net, screening Endras as Hall's shot went into the German net early in the second period.

Ekblad chased Endras from the net, sweeping in unmarked from the blue-line to one-time a pass from Jake Muzzin for a 6-0 Canadian lead.

Giroux helped Canada pile on, re-directing a goal-line pass.

Giroux set up a goal a little over seven minutes later, feeding Ennis in the slot. Again, Germany's weak centre defence left Ennis virtually unmolested as he swatted the puck in.

Hall's third of the game capped a five-goal second period. Duchene sent a cross-ice pass to Hall, who slammed it past Aus den Birken.

Duchene was awarded a penalty shot in the third period and made no mistake for a 10-0 lead.

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