Canada improved to a perfect 2-0 this morning at the World Hockey Championships in Kosice, Slovakia.
Jeff Skinner of the Carolina Hurricanes, the favourite for the Calder Trophy as rookie of the year, scored two goals and one assist as Canada defeated France 9-1.
Skinner, an 18 year-old native of Markham, Ontario, scored his second goal for Canada on a penalty shot.
Other Canadian players with multi-point games included Jason Spezza of the Ottawa Senators (one goal, one assist), Rick Nash of the Columbus Blue Jackets (one goal, one assist), Alex Pietrangelo of the St. Louis Blues (one goal, one assist), John Tavares of the New York Islanders (two assists) and Dion Phaneuf of the Toronto Maple Leafs (two assists).
James Reimer of the Toronto Maple Leafs was in net for the majority of the game, but left the game for Devan Dubnyk of the Edmonton Oilers when the score reached 7-1.
French goalie Cristobal Huet struggled between the pipes, and was pulled after the first period when the score was 3-0 Canada. The scouting report on Huet is that he is great down low, but struggles when shooters go high. That’s where Skinner and Buffalo’s Marc-Andre Gargnani scored on Huet in the opening twenty minutes.
An interesting note from this year’s World Hockey Championships have been the upsets early in the tournament. So far Germany has shut out Russia 2-0 and Norway has beaten Sweden 5-4.
Canada’s next game is Tuesday morning against Switzerland at 8am (TSN).