Museum of torture

, Last Updated: 7:33 AM ET

HALIFAX -- Auf Weiedershen, and thank you for flying Lufthansa.

Earlier in the week the IIHF put ineligible Canadian, Jason Holland, on the plane back to Germany. Yesterday Canada dispatched the entire German team from the tournament.

NO WAITING

Unlike Norway 48 hours earlier, there was no waiting until the final four minutes to beat the Eishockey National Mannschaft.

"From the first minute to the last, they were just too much for us," said German captain Marco Sturm of the 10-1 loss which took his nation out of contention for a chance to advance to the quarterfinals and essentially left Norway as the prize for the team which finishes first in the Halifax pool currently led by Canada and Finland, the countries which play each other here tomorrow.

"Everyone is embarrassed. Everybody was excited to play on national TV in Canada. It's not too many times that happens. To play that was is very, very disappointing," said Sturm, the former San Jose Shark.

"I think our young guys were just too excited," said Christoph Schubert. "When you play Canada you want to show the whole world that you can play with Canada.

"We lost every battle. We couldn't make two or three passes in a row. Everything went wrong. We just weren't mentally ready. Last year we had a long tight game against Canada in Moscow. But this Canadian team is just a better team. They have too many big names and we had too much respect for them," added Schubert.

"It was a sobering experience," said German coach Uwe Krupp, a former German player who has his name on the Stanley Cup which will be on display here today.

"Our team was out-matched in every area. Thank God you don't have many days like that," he said of the worst beating Germany has suffered against Canada since losing 13-1 in 1967.

The Canadians put the pedal to the metal early, scoring three goals and outshooting the Germans 12-0 before allowing the first shot of the game only to return to the other end of the ice and make it 4-0 but the end of the period enroute to a 10-1 romp. Canadian defenceman Dan Hamhuis scored an own goal to cost Cam Ward the shutout.

When Canada made it 7-0, 8-0 and 9-0 in the second period, they had more goals than Germany had shots.

Eric Staal, who had yet to tickle the twine in the tournament scored four goals for the Canadians in a game in which Jason Spezza and Jamal Mayers, also scored their first to go with the other goals by Dany Heatley, Patrick Sharp, Mike Green and Derek Roy.

The Canadians had 18-5, 34-9 and 42-18 advantages in shots on goal at the end of periods in chasing starting goaltender Dimitrij Kotschnew after the first period to bring on Robert Muller for his turn in this museum of torture in front of 9,182 fans.

'EVERYTHING'

"Everything we shot went into the net. We played a very powerful game," said Canadian coach Ken Hitchcock.

It was the 14th consecutive win for the Canadian team which ran the table to a gold medal last year in Moscow.


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