Den­mark in af­ter un­leash­ing Erik­sen

Metro Canada (Edmonton) - - Sport -

Chris­tian Erik­sen scored a su­perb hat trick as Den­mark qual­i­fied for next year’s World Cup with an em­phatic 5-1 vic­tory over Ire­land in their play­off on Tues­day in Dublin.

With last week’s first leg hav­ing fin­ished 0-0, Ire­land made an ideal start to the re­turn match by tak­ing the lead in the sixth minute through de­fender Shane Duffy.

But Den­mark’s play­ers grad­u­ally took con­trol in mid­field and were re­warded when An­dreas Chris­tensen’s ef­fort went into the net off Ire­land’s Cyrus Christie in the 29th minute.

Erik­sen then stole the show, putting the vis­i­tors ahead in the 32nd minute, and scor­ing two more af­ter the break.

Nick­las Bendt­ner turned a de­served vic­tory into a rout when he con­verted a penalty in the 90th minute.

Next year’s tour­na­ment in Rus­sia will be Den­mark’s fifth World Cup ap­pear­ance and first since 2010.

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The Las Ve­gas Golden Knights’ erik Haula puts a puck through Oil­ers goalie Cam Tal­bot’s crease dur­ing Tues­day night’s game at rogers Place. The Oil­ers jumped out to a 3-0 first-pe­riod lead on goals from Os­car Klef­bom, ryan Nu­gen­tHop­kins and Pa­trick Ma­roon on their way to a 8-2 vic­tory. Matt Ben­ning scored in the sec­ond be­fore Con­nor McDavid added a pair in the third. Nu­gent-Hop­kins then notched his sec­ond of the night be­fore Matt Letestu com­pleted the scor­ing. ear­lier in the day, the Oil­ers ac­quired cen­tre Mike Cam­mal­leri from the Los An­ge­les Kings in ex­change Jussi Joki­nen. Cam­mal­leri, who had two stints with the Cal­gary Flames ear­lier in his ca­reer, has 290 ca­reer goals and 330 as­sists over 855 NHL games. The 34-year-old Joki­nen has one as­sist in 14 games with this sea­son.

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