May 15, 2014, MINSK, Belarus (ISN) – Cody Hodgson (Markham, Ont./Buffalo, NHL) found the back of the net three times to lead Canada to a 6-1 win over Denmark on Thursday at the 2014 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship.
Hodgson’s hat trick was the first by a Canadian player since John Tavares scored three against Norway in 2010.
Matt Read (Ilderton, Ont./Philadelphia, NHL) scored his first two goals of the tournament and Jonathan Huberdeau (St-Jérôme, Que./Florida, NHL) his first to round out the scoring for Canada.
Ben Scrivens (Spruce Grove, Alta./Edmonton, NHL) made 25 saves to pick up his second win in as many starts.
Nicklas Jensen scored the lone goal for Denmark. Patrick Galbraith stopped 40 shots in the loss.
Canada controlled play through 40 minutes, but found itself only leading 2-1. But four goals in nine minutes to open the third allowed the Canadians to cruise home.
“When we started we didn’t know each other as a team,” said Alex Burrows (Pincourt, Que./Vancouver, NHL). “The last couple of days we had two good practices and guys are gelling a little bit more, and today it paid off.”
The win also gave a boost to Canada’s penalty killing unit – coming in Canada was sitting last among the 16 teams at 60 per cent. Denmark would finish 0-for-4 on the man advantage, and Read would score his team’s first shorthanded goal.
“We’ve done a lot of video with the coaching staff to make sure everybody is on the same page,” said Burrows. “That’s the key of a good penalty kill: all four guys on the same page.”
Canada got on the board first, when after Kadri won the face-off in the defensive zone, Hodgson carried the puck up the side boards and beat Galbraith short side with a shot from the face-off circle. It was the first time in the tournament that Canada opened the scoring.
Denmark equalized minutes later when Jensen converted a two-on-one with Morten Madsen.
Hodgson gave the lead back to Canada five minutes into the second when he intercepted a pass at centre ice, continued up the middle and fired a shot under Galbraith’s glove.
Canada outshot Denmark 20-8 in the second and was rewarded for its dominant play in the third.
First, Read put home a Kyle Turris (New Westminster, B.C./Ottawa, NHL) rebound at 1:15. Less than two minutes later, Read went five-hole on a shorthanded two-on-one with Turris. Huberdeau finished a backdoor feed from Morgan Rielly (West Vancouver, B.C./Toronto, NHL) and Hodgson put home a rebound on the power play to put the game out of reach.
“We got a bit more physical and worked our forecheck and cycle game a bit more,” said Burrows. “We started carrying the play a bit more. Once we scored that third goal we felt pretty comfortable.”