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 8, BELARUS 0
Cam Talbot earned his second win and first shutout of the tournament as Canada cruised to an 8-0 victory over Belarus on day four.
Though it was a slow start to the first period, Derick Brassard put Canada on the board with less than four minutes remaining after Belarus received a two-minute penalty for holding.
The Canadians had a hot start to the second period as Captain Corey Perry scored 1:03 into the middle frame. They continued their pursuit as Ryan O’Reilly followed up with a shorthanded goal while Matt Duchene potted another during the Canadians power play.
Taylor Hall capitalized 20 seconds after Duchene on a play from Connor McDavid that drew three Belarus defenceman towards the Canadian centreman, leaving Hall exposed for a shot on net that granted Team Canada with a 5-0 lead.
Though the Canadians were one goal shy from last year’s 9-0 defeat over Belarus in the quarterfinals, they wrapped up the last 20 minutes of play with ease, potting three more goals.
Talbot made 13 saves to secure the shutout win. Hall had one goal and was +3, while McDavid had two assists and was +1.
Team Canada will have a two day break before they take on Leon Draisaitl and Team Germany on Thursday.FINLAND 3, USA 2
USA defenceman Connor Murphy’s equalizer 53 seconds into the third period wasn’t enough as Finland secured a 3-2 win over USA.
Finland took an early 2-0 lead with two quick goals in the first period. But the Americans were able to cut the two-goal deficit by one thanks to Frank Vatrano capitalizing on Auston Matthews pass.
A physical middle frame ensued as there was no scoring from either team but plenty of penalties handed out.
The third saw Murphy score the 2-2 equalizer 53 seconds into the period thanks to Patrick Maroon’s hard work behind Finland’s net, centering a pass to Murphy who was quick to send it to the back of the goal.
The Americans celebration was short-lived though as the Finns came back to regain the lead at 4:16 with the man advantage.
Though Team USA had a number of chances throughout the remainder of the third, Finland’s goaltender Mikko Koskinen denied them at all costs.
The Americans will have a few days off until they face France on Thursday at 3:15 a.m. MDT.
-- Meg Tilley, edmontonoilers.com