Canada brought its record to 2-0 with a 7-1 win over Hungary at the 2016 IIHF World Championship Sunday
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia – Michael Matheson (Point-Claire, Que./Florida, NHL) led the way with a goal and two assists – and 13 players in all had at least a point – as Canada’s National Men’s Team beat Hungary 7-1 for its second win in as many games at the 2016 IIHF World Championship.
Mark Scheifele (Kitchener, Ont./Winnipeg, Man.), Mark Stone (Winnipeg, Man./Ottawa, NHL), Derick Brassard (Hull, Que./New York Rangers, NHL) and Taylor Hall (Kingston, Ont./Edmonton, NHL) each had a goal and an assist. Corey Perry (Peterborough, Ont./Anaheim, NHL) and Brad Marchand (Hammonds Plains, N.S./Boston, NHL) also scored for Canada. Connor McDavid (Newmarket, Ont./Edmonton, NHL) added two assists.
Calvin Pickard (Winnipeg, Man./Colorado, NHL) made 21 saves in his first start.
Canada has now won 12 straight games at the men’s worlds.
Canada got on the board first six minutes in on the power play. McDavid sent a short pass to Stone below the goal line. Stone immediately sent the puck out front to Scheifele, who one-timed it in.
The lead was doubled midway through the first. Hall drove in toward the net, his backhand getting knocked off his stick a few feet in front of the crease. Perry tapped in the loose puck from the side of the net.
Hungary got one back with only 1:46 to go in the period. A strong forecheck led to a Canadian turnover deep in its defensive zone. From the face-off dot, Istvan Bartalis one-timed the loose puck short side.
Four goals in 5:33 opened the game up in Canada’s favour in the second period.
Stone put in the rebound off of Cody Ceci’s (Orleans, Ont./Ottawa, NHL) point shot at the 7:12 mark.
Less than two minutes later McDavid skated up ice and sent a centering pass to Marchand, who made it 4-1.
Chris Tanev (Toronto, Ont./Vancouver, NHL) then delivered a pass from the blue line down low to Brassard. The forward corralled the puck and slid it past Zoltan Hetenyi.
Only 1:11 after that Matheson’s wrist shot from the face-off dot ended Hetenyi’s day. The Hungarian netminder was replaced by Adam Vay 12:45 into the second.
Canada scored once more early in the third period. Hall’s centering pass intended for Brassard went off a diving Hungarian defender and in.
Overall, Canada outshot Hungary 36-22.
Matt Dumba on heading into the first intermission 2-1 against Hungary:
“First period, they came out hot – they were getting pucks on us, and played a good game. I guess it caught us a little off-guard, but we knew what we had to do and in the second period, we showed it. There is kind of a little mystery behind [playing against a team you don’t know well]. You’re usually preparing for games and know who you’re going against and all their tendencies, so that might have contributed to our slow start. But we finished hard and played the way we wanted to.”
“[Our team] has a lot of speed, a lot of skill, and guys are motivated.”
Team Canada went undefeated at the 2015 IIHF World Championship in Prague and Ostrava, Czech Republic, on its way to its first gold medal in eight years. Since 1931, Canada has won the world championship 19 times – not counting the years when Olympic Winter Games gold-medallists were also considered world champions. The country has also collected 11 silver medals and six bronze in that timespan.