Staal, Canada crush Germany for fifth straight win at hockey worlds
HALIFAX, Nova Scotia -- Eric Staal scored four goals to help Canada rout Germany 10-1 for its fifth straight win at the hockey world championships on Saturday.
Canada will face Finland on Monday with the top seed in the single-elimination quarterfinals at stake.
"We were just trying to get Staal as many goals as possible," Roy said. "We said he was on pace for six. We were just trying to feed him in the third period, he had the hot stick going.
"He's a great player."
Staal scored with about six minutes left in the first period, as part of Canada's four-goal outburst.
German coach Uwe Krupp sent in goalie Robert Mueller to start the second period but he was of no help. Staal scored two more goals in the first 8:20 of the second period before getting a fourth at 15:30.
"Obviously you want to help out as much as you can," Staal said. "I felt like I was working hard and getting to those areas but just not getting enough wood on it.
"It was just a matter of time."
Staal and St. Louis became the sixth and seventh Canadian players in the modern era to record five points in a game at this event. Eric Lindros holds the record with six points, which he had twice during the 1993 world championship in Germany.
"Our team was outmatched in just about every aspect of the game," Krupp said. "I think it was a sobering experience for everybody. Thank God you don't have too many days like this."
Later Saturday night, Slovakia beat Slovenia 4-3 in a shootout in a relegation bracket game.
In Quebec City, Alexander Ovechkin scored with six seconds left in the third period to lead Russia to a 3-2 comeback win over Sweden.
Russia trailed 2-1 going into the third period, but Sergei Fedorov scored at 4:57 to tie the game.
Earlier, the Czech Republic beat Belarus 3-2 in a shootout.
Belarus was eliminated from the medal round, but earned an important point. With a win over Denmark on Monday, Belarus has a shot at 9th place in the tournament and an automatic berth in the 2010 Winter Olympics.
Belarus goalie Vitali Koval, who made 52 saves against Russia, had 41 against the Czechs.
Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press
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