The Edmonton Oilers have seven players participating in the 2016 IIHF World Hockey Championships in Russia: Connor McDavid (Canada), Cam Talbot (Canada), Taylor Hall (Canada), Matt Hendricks (USA), Patrick Maroon (USA), Andrej Sekera (Slovakia) and Leon Draisaitl (Germany).
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CANADA 7, HUNGARY 1
Hungary scored their first goal versus Canada in 78 years, but the Canadians cruised to a 7-1 victory in their second game of the tournament Sunday.
It was only the fourth all-time World Championship meeting for these two teams, with Hungary not scoring against the Canadians since a 1-1 tie in 1938. This game, however, was never tied after Mark Scheifele scored a power-play tally at 5:54 of the first.
Oilers winger Taylor Hall scored his second goal of the tournament, and added an assist in the victory. He played 19:09. Oilers winger Connor McDavid got on the scoreboard for his first time of the tournament, tallying two assists in 18:07 of ice time.
Oilers goaltender Cam Talbot sat this game out after a stellar performance in Canada’s opening game against USA on Friday.
Hall, Michael Matheson, Derick Brassard, Corey Perry, Scheifele, Mark Stone and Brad Marchand were Canada’s goal scorers.
Canada next takes on Belarus Monday at 7:15 am MT. They are 2-0 in the preliminary round. FINLAND 5, GERMANY 1
Oilers centre Leon Draisaitl managed an assist in Germany’s 5-1 loss to Finland.
Germany’s lone goal came at 18:42 of the second period on a power play. Draisaitl assisted Brooks Macek for his first point of the tournament.
Germany dropped to 0-2 in the preliminary round, while Finland moved to 2-0 thanks largely to top NHL Draft prospect Patrik Laine. The Finnish forward had two goals and three assists against the Germans and now has six points, including four goals, in two games.
Germany’s next shot at a win comes against Slovakia on Tuesday at 7:15 am MT.
SLOVAKIA 5, FRANCE 1
Oilers defenceman Andrej Sekera scored a goal and played a team-high 18:22 in Slovakia’s 5-1 rout of France.
France took an early 1-0 lead 1:09 into the game. However, Sekera potted one at 3:55 of the first period to even the score. After that, Slovakia never looked back scoring another in the first, two in the second and one in the third.
Slovakia is now 2-0 in the tournament, and sits third in Group B behind Canada and Finland. Sekera is back in action Tuesday against Draisaitl and the Germans.
-- Chris Wescott, edmontonoilers.com