|Team Canada forward Dany Heatley of the Ottawa Senators tries to deflect a puck past Hungary goaltender Levente Szuper during their game Sunday at the IIHF 2009 World Hockey Championship. Canada improved to 2-0-0 with an easy 9-0 victory in Kloten, Switzerland (Photo by Matthew Murnaghan/HHOF-IIHF Images). |
Team Canada didn’t exactly wait seven decades to work up an appetite for this one.
In the rarest of meetings at the 2009 IIHF World Championship, Canada gobbled up Hungary 9-0 on Sunday in a preliminary-round mismatch in Kloten, Switzerland. It was the first meeting between the two countries at the hockey worlds in 71 years, when they played to a 1-1 tie.
Canada had little trouble improving to 2-0-0 in the tournament, building a 4-0 first-period lead at the Arena Zurich-Kloten and cruising home from there. For the second straight game, Ottawa Senators players figured prominently in the Canadian attack, although Dany Heatley – who had a pair of goals in Friday’s 6-1 victory over Belarus – was held off the scoresheet this time.
Centres Jason Spezza
and Mike Fisher had assists on first-period goals by Derek Roy and James Neal, respectively, before scoring once each in the final 20 minutes. Senators defenceman Chris Phillips
earned a pair of assists in the second period.
|Senators defenceman Christoph Schubert celebrates his goal for Germany against host Switzerland, which won their game 3-2 in overtime (Photo by Martin Rose/Bongarts/Getty Images). |
Martin St. Louis of the Tampa Bay Lightning led Canada with a hat-trick, while Shea Weber of the Nashville Predators notched a pair of goals. Chris Mason of the St. Louis Blue stopped 16 shots for the shutout. Canadian shooters peppered Hungary’s Levente Szuper, a former Ottawa 67’s goaltender, with 51 shots.
In other games Sunday, Senators defenceman Christoph Schubert had a goal in Germany’s 3-2 overtime loss to Switzerland in Bern, while Russia whipped France 7-2 and Belarus edged Slovakia 2-1 in a shootout.
Canada faces Slovakia in its final preliminary-round game on Tuesday (2:15 p.m., TSN).For a complete 2009 world hockey championship schedule, click here.