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by Staff Writer / Florida Panthers

Saturday saw Panthers players win two out of their three games at the World Championships.

Canada trounced Germany 10-1 while Slovakia avoided relegation with a 4-3 shootout victory and Sweden fell to Russia 3-2.

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(Halifax) After a close affair against Norway, the Canadians didn’t want that to have that same angst against Germany in their matchup Saturday.

And so, they went out and found the back of the net early in often, scoring the first 10 goals of the contest in their 10-1 victory.

Canada would score four times in the first period as Ottawa’s Jason Spezza got them first on the board 5:14 into the contest. His NHL teammate Dany Heatley made the score 2-0 with 6:25 left. Then Carolina’s Eric Staal, who would have a big night, scored the first of his four goals 2:30 after Heatley’s goal. Chicago’s Patrick Sharp made it 4-0 with 23 seconds remaining in the period.

The second period saw Staal take over scoring three of Canada’s first four goals. He netted two and three on the night 3:42 and 8:20 in respectively. Buffalo’s Derek Roy then made it 7-0, 3:47 later. Staal scored his fourth with 4:30 left in the middle frame. Saint Louis’ Jamal Mayers netted Canada’s ninth goal on a short handed tally with 1:48 left.

With the game out of hand, Canada would deposit one more as Washington’s Mike Green scored 1:47 into the third as the Canadians were on the power play. Cam Ward who only faced 18 shots in the contest would lose his shut out bid 8:40 into the third as Frank Hordler had an unassisted goal.

Canada outshot the Germans 42-18. They are also a perfect 5-0 at the World Championships.

Jay Bouwmeester finished the game with 16:01 of ice time on 21 shifts as part of Canada’s top defensive pairing.

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(Halifax) And that sigh of relief you hear came from Slovakia as their 4-3 shootout victory over Slovenia helped them avoid relegation to Division 1. They won the first two games in the best-of-three series against the Slovenians.

Slovakia would hold a 1-0 lead through one period of play as former Panther Juraj Kolnik netted a power play goal 7:42 into the contest.

The Slovaks held a one goal advantage heading into the final period of play, but this time with a 3-2 advantage over Slovenia. Marjan Manfreda tied the score at one 5:54 into the period while Robert Petrovicky gave the lead on another Slovakia power play with 8:35 remaining. New Jersey’s Lubomir Visnovsky made it 3-1 for Slovakia when he beat the Slovenian goaltender with 5:58 left while Slovenia’s David Rodman made it a one-goal game again with his goal with 1:21 left.

After an “offensive” explosion in the second period, the two teams bogged down in the third as Slovenia’s Anze Kopitar (Los Angeles) scored the only goal of the period, 5:05 in.

The two teams went through a five minute overtime session before heading to the shutout before Visnovsky potted the game winner in the one-on-one contest.

Branislav Mezei had hooking call 7:57 into the third period and finished with 11:21 of ice time.

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(Quebec City) Arguably the best player in the NHL today, Alexander Ovechkin, sunk Sweden in their qualifying match as Russia earned the 3-2 victory. Actually, not only was it Ovechkin, but it was also his Caps linemates Alexander Semin, and Sergei Fedorov that also did the damage for the Russians.

Sweden’s Mattias Weinhandl gave Sweden the 1-0 lead through one period of play with his goal 7:15 into the contest.

2:14 into the second, Russia tied the score as Ovechkin set up Semin for his third of the championships. But Russia trailed once again heading into the break as Sweden’s Tony Martensson scored 6:56 later.

The final period of play belonged to the Russians as they controlled the puck all over the ice. They would end up outshooting the Swedes 15-5 as two of those shots found the back of the net.

Fedorov tied the score at two 4:57 in. And just when it seemed that the game was heading into overtime, Ovechkin did it again. He scored the game winner as Semin set up his linemate with six seconds remaining in regulation.

Magnus Johansson had five shots on net, was a -2, and had a two-minute on 30:36 of ice time, the most by either team.

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