Canada pound Germany to reach world hockey quarter-finals

Sat May 10, 2008 7:04pm EDT
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By Steve Keating

HALIFAX, Nova Scotia (Reuters) - Eric Staal scored four goals and Martin St. Louis chipped in with five assists as Canada thrashed Germany 10-1 on Saturday to secure a place in the ice hockey world championship quarter-finals.

Canada, who needed a late goal to put away Norway in their opening game of the qualification round, came out hard against the Germans, storming to a 4-0 first period lead and showing no mercy in their 14th straight championship win.

Staal, who had just two assists in Canada's four previous games, led the assault with his second period hat-trick tying a Canadian team modern day record for most goals in a period.

St. Louis's five assists also equaled a Canadian world championship record set by John McLean against Poland in 1989.

"Tonight was one of those nights where the puck just seemed to be finding my stick," Staal, a forward with the Carolina Hurricanes, told reporters. "One of those nights where things went in and we'll take it.

Staal, Jason Spezza, Patrick Sharp and Dany Heatley, with his tournament best seventh goal, found the net in the opening period while Germany could not manage shot at Canadian netminder Cam Ward until there were just 90 seconds left to play.

The Germans made a goaltending change to start the second, replacing Dimitrij Kotschnew with Robert Muller.

The switch did little to slow the rampaging Canadians, Staal welcoming Muller with three goals while Derek Roy added a powerplay tally and Jamal Mayers scored on a shorthanded effort to put the defending champions in front 9-0 after two periods.   Continued...

<p>Canada's Eric Staal (front) celebrates his first period goal as Germany's Sebastian Osterloh skates away during their game at the 2008 IIHF World Hockey Championships in Halifax, May 10, 2008. REUTERS/Paul Darrow</p>