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Canadians light up Kazakhstan at World Juniors

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TSN.ca Staff
12/28/2008 10:23:17 PM
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Team Canada continued on with the punishment that the Germans handed out the night before, scoring eight power play goals en route to a 15-0 victory over Kazakhstan at the World Junior Hockey Championship on Sunday.

Less than 24 hours after a 9-0 drubbing by Germany, the Kazakhs were victimized again - this time by the host team. Canada's aggressive forecheck at start the game quickly wore down their opponents, causing them to make early mistakes and take careless penalites.

"I think before the game we were really prepared," John Tavares told TSN after the game. "We were really focused on getting better again, and coach (Quinn) wanted to make sure we were playing hard and weren't getting lazy habits.

Jordan Eberle capitalized early with his first goal of the tournament at 1:28 and Jamie Benn followed it up on the power play to make it 2-0.

With a 5-on-3 power play for almost two minutes, Canada didn't slow down. Benn took a feed from John Tavares for a three-goal lead and P.K. Subban added another as the second penalty ended to make it 4-0 after one period.

The offence continued to roll in the second, with Cody Hodgson scoring less than two minutes in, Chris DiDomenico cashing in with second goal of the tournament and Benn's third goal of the game - with reserved celebration - to complete the hat trick.

"It's just one of those games where you can't get too excited out there," Benn told TSN. "You got to stay focused out there for the full 60 minutes and we did a pretty good job."

With Canada's second unit out on the next power play it was Tyler Ennis's turn to get on the scoreboard, scoring his second goal in as many games to make it 8-0. Tavares added another goal with the man advantage just over two minutes later, becoming Canada's all-time leader in power play goals with six.

When the dust finally settled after two periods, Canada beat Kazakh goaltender Andrei Yankov nine times on 44 shots.

Yankov was replaced by Maxim Gryaznov to start the third period and the goaltending change did little to stave off the Canadian onslaught.

Vancouver Giants forward Evander Kane, who was cut earlier this month but returned to the lineup to replace the injured Dana Tyrell, scored his first goal of the tournament less than a minute in to give Canada a double-digit lead. Tavares, Hodgson and Subban each added their second goal of the game to make it 13-0. Stefan Della Rovere, who was a game-time decision because of a shin injury, scored the 14th goal and defenceman Tyler Myers finished things off with his first goal of the tournament.

Canada also set team records in power play goals. Their three goals with the man advantage in the second and third period tied a team record for most power play goals in a period (done seven times before) and their total of eight in the game beat the previous record of six that was set in 2002.

Through Canada's first two games of the tournament, 14 different players have scored goals. "We've got four great lines that can score," said forward Tyler Ennis. "We play physical and are just very deep and it showed tonight. Everyone contributed."

After Dustin Tokarski earned Canada's first win of the tournament on Friday, goaltender Chet Pickard got the start in net against the Kazakhs. A first-round selection of the Nashville Predators in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, the 19-year-old made just 11 saves for the shutout in his international debut representing Canada. "It wasn't the most difficult (shutout)," said Pickard. "But you definitely have to stay sharp out there because you only get one or two shots a period. The guys were great in front of me tonight and I didn't have to do very much."

Pickard is also the second goalie to represent the Western Hockey League's Tri-City Americans in three years. In 2007, his former teammate Carey Price led Canada to gold at the world junior tournament in Leksand, Sweden.



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