Leading their team in total time on ice, Preds defensemen Dan Hamhuis (21:38) and Shea Weber
(21:22) helped Canada secure a 6-1 victory over Belarus earlier this afternoon - each registering 2 shots and a plus-2 rating.
The game-winning goal was scored at 14:29 of the first period by Steve Stamkos, who finished the game with two goals and a plus-1 rating. Dany Heatley - who serves as an assistant captain alongside Shea Weber
- also had a big game, scoring 3 points (2g-1a), registering 6 shots on goal and a plus-3 rating.
In today's other action, Alexander Radulov
recorded an assist in Russia's 5-0 drubbing of Germany. Five different players scored for Russia and Ilya Bryzgalov made 20 saves in his first career IIHF World Championship shutout.Roman Josi
, Nashville's second pick in the 2008 Entry Draft, and Team Switzerland beat France 1-0 in their opening game of the World Championships in Bern this afternoon. Martin Plüss scored the game's lone goal.
• Predators 2009 World Championships Page
• Suter, Wilson Named to Team USA for World Championships
• Hamhuis, Weber To Play for Team Canada
• Trotz Named To Team Canada Staff