Ice hockey: Canada stay perfect, Hungary get first win in 77 years

Sat May 14, 2016 5:36pm EDT
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By Dmitriy Rogovitskiy

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Canada made it five wins from five with an emphatic 5-0 victory over Slovakia at the ice hockey world championships on Saturday.

Derick Brassard and Taylor Hall continued their excellent tournaments, both scoring, while goaltender Cam Talbot stopped 18 shots to earn his second shutout of the event.

Canada are equal top of Group B with Finland, the only other team in the competition still with a perfect record.

The Finns were pushed harder than they might have expected against a dogged French side, but eventually triumphed 3-1, despite their early start just after noon.

"12:15 games are not so easy," Finnish head coach Kari Jalonen told the International Ice Hockey Federation's (IIHF) website.

"They are not common in ice hockey. Our team did well in preparing for the game to play at a top level. The first two periods we were playing well at both ends of the ice. Our penalty kill did well for us when we needed it in the third period."

Rounding off the action in Group B, Hungary made history by claiming their first victory at the world championships in 77 years, beating Belarus 5-2 to move off the bottom.

"I got goosebumps right now," said Hungary forward Csanad Erdely. "This is a great feeling that we can give a little back to the fans."   Continued...

2016 IIHF World Championship - Group B - Hungary v Belarus - St. Petersburg, Russia - 14/5/16 - Players of Hungary celebrate the victory over Belarus. REUTERS/Maxim Zmeyev