GERMANY FALLS TO CANADA 5-1
By: Chad Lynch
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On Thursday, Team Canada defeated Team Germany with ease by a final score of 5-1. With their second victory in as many games, Canada improved to 2-0-0 in the preliminary round of the 2006 Olympic tournament.
Canada set the tone for the game in the first period jumping out to a 3-0 lead on goals by Ottawa's Wade Redden, Colorado's Joe Sakic and Philadelphia's Simon Gagne.
Midway through the second period, Germany cut the deficit to two when defenseman Christian Ehrhoff beat Roberto Luongo for his first goal of the tournament. However, Canada would answer six minutes later when Dany Heatley batted a puck out of mid-air to give the Canadians a 4-1 lead.
At 14:31 of the third period, Coyotes defenseman Dennis Seidenberg took his only penalty of the contest for holding the stick, putting Canada on a power play, which the Germans would kill off without consequence.
With just 34 seconds left in the game, Coyotes captain Shane Doan recorded his second goal of the Olympics when he took the puck deep in the Germany zone, skated behind the net and moved into the slot in front where his wrist shot beat goaltender Thomas Greiss on the short side, giving Canada a 5-1 lead.
UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN
Thursday's contest between Team Canada and Team Germany marked the only time in the preliminary round that Coyotes teammates Shane Doan and Dennis Seidenberg will face each other.
In order for a rematch to take place, both clubs would need to advance to the medal round of competition. For Doan and Team Canada (2-0-0), qualifying for the medal round should be fairly easy while Germany (0-2-0) will need to win at least one of their remaining three games of the opening round robin.
LEADING THE WAY
Team Canada forward and Coyotes captain Shane Doan is making the most of his first appearance on the Olympic stage, sharing the team lead in points (3) and goals (2). Doan is also tied for second place in goals (2) for the entire men's division.
- Finland not only improved to 2-0 on Thursday with a win over Italy, but they did so by posting their second consecutive shutout. On Thursday it was goaltender Fredrik Norrena who blanked the Italians 6-0.
- The third shutout of the tournament also came on Thursday when San Jose netminder Evgeni Nabokov turned aside 24 shots in a 5-0 win over Team Sweden.
- Former Coyotes defenseman Teppo Numminen is currently tied for third in scoring on Team Finland with three (1 goal, 2 assists) points.
- Team USA rebounded from a tie with Latvia on Wednesday, to defeat Kazakhstan by a score of 4-1.