Canada thumps Ger­many

Cape Breton Post - - SPORTS - BY BILL BEA­CON THE CANA­DIAN PRESS

VAN­COU­VER — Jarome Iginla had two goals and Roberto Luongo picked up the easy win in his first action since he was tabbed as the start­ing goal­tender as Team Canada thumped Ger­many 8-2 in an elim­i­na­tion hockey game Tues­day at the Van­cou­ver Olympics.

A much tougher must-win awaits to­day when Canada faces Rus­sia and its ar­ray of scor­ing stars in the quar­ter-fi­nals.

“ They’re a great team, but so are we,” said Canada’s Shea We­ber, who scored against the Ger­mans.

The Rus­sians elim­i­nated Canada from the 2006 Games in Turin with a 2-0 victory in the quar­ter-fi­nals, but this time the game is on Cana­dian ice at Canada Hockey Place.

“It’s go­ing to be in­tense,” said Cana­dian star Sid­ney Crosby. “ We’ve got a tough game to­mor­row (to­day). That’s a big ri­valry, we all know it.”

Crosby missed on a penalty shot but scored a third-pe­riod goal, while Eric Staal re­sponded to be­ing put on the top line with Crosby and Iginla with three as­sists. We­ber, Joe Thorn­ton, Mike Richards, Scott Nie­der­mayer and Rick Nash also scored.

Marcel Goc and Manuel Klinge replied for Ger­many, which was elim­i­nated from the Olympics.

Luongo, who shut out Nor­way in Canada’s open­ing game, took over as the starter from strug­gling vet­eran Martin Brodeur.

“It’s a big stage. The nerves are there but I think it’s a good thing,” said Luongo, when asked if he had any but­ter­flies. “It gets the adrenalin go­ing, gets you sharper and more fo­cused. I had a lot of fun out there tonight and I’m sure I’ll have a lot more fun to­mor­row.”

Canada out­shot the Ger­mans 39-21.

It was a some­what sharper Cana­dian team than has been seen thus far at the Olympics that out­shot Ger­many 14-4 in the open­ing pe­riod and got the im­por­tant first goal at 10:13 from the line of three San Jose skaters against Sharks backup goalie Thomas Greiss.

“Ev­ery day we’re just feel­ing bet­ter and bet­ter,” said Iginla.

Dun­can Keith threw a puck to the net that Dany Heat­ley con­trolled and fed to Thorn­ton in front for a short shot in­side the near post. It was Thorn­ton’s first of the tour­na­ment.

A strange goal by We­ber made it 2-0 at 3:32 of the sec­ond pe­riod, but only af­ter a video re­view con­firmed that his bul­let drive from the point went in the top cor­ner and straight through the net­ting.

Iginla banged in a goal from the side of the net on a power play only 1:09 later and then picked a top cor­ner on a slow-speed rush for his fifth of the tour­na­ment — all in the time he has spent on Crosby’s line — at 8:50.

Three min­utes later, Nash broke through the Ger­man de­fence and was hooked from be­hind, draw­ing a penalty shot. Un­der in­ter­na­tional rules, any player on the team can take the shot and coach Mike Bab­cock made the cu­ri­ous de­ci­sion to have Crosby shoot rather than re­ward­ing Nash for his ef­fort while the team had a comfortable lead.

Crosby’s back­hand was stopped eas­ily by Greiss.

Canada eased up no­tice­ably af­ter that and started los­ing bat­tles for the puck. It cost them as a shot went wide off the back boards and Luongo didn’t get to the other side of his net in time to stop Goc on a wrap­around at 16:34.

Only 1:10 into the third pe­riod, Crosby was at the net to tip in a Staal pass, Bren­den Mor­row fed Richards alone in the slot at 6:41 and Nie­der­mayer came out of the penalty box and scored on a break­away at 11:22.

Nash fi­nally scored — his first in 10 ca­reer games at the Olympics — with a shot from his off-wing af­ter he was moved from Ryan Get­zlaf ’s strug­gling line to the so-called fourth line with Richards and Jonathan Toews.

Ger­man got one more with 1:02 left to play when Klinge scored on a two-man break­away.

Notes — Canada has never lost to Ger­many at the Olympics, winning 11 and ty­ing one. . . Pa­trice Berg­eron played only 13 sec­onds in the first pe­riod for his spe­cialty, tak­ing a right side, de­fen­sive-zone face­off.

Canada's Sid­ney Crosby is stopped by Ger­many's goal­tender Thomas Greiss on a penalty shot dur­ing sec­ond pe­riod men's hockey action Tues­day, at the Win­ter Olympic Games in Van­cou­ver. Canada won, 8-2.

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