Complete domination

KEN WIEBE -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 10:04 AM ET

GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- Sidney Crosby retaliated the best way he knows how -- by putting a couple of goals on the scoreboard. Crosby, who was slashed so hard in the first period that he needed to have his right arm taped up, scored a pair of power-play goals and added an assist to help Canada to an 8-1 triumph over Sweden yesterday before an enthusiastic World Junior Hockey Championship crowd of 10,739 at Ralph Engelstad Arena.

CANADA 8 SWEDEN 1

"You try not to get too unfocused when something like that happens, but when you're not near the puck and a guy does that, you want to be sure you bury a couple," said Crosby, who voiced his displeasure to players on Sweden's bench after the incident occurred. "Sweden came out maybe a little bit tougher than they normally play. It was pretty chippy out there. To score eight goals and to have to kill that many penalties is great for our team."

Canada improved to 2-0 in the 2005 world junior and with a win over Germany tonight (7:38 p.m., TSN), Canada will take a stranglehold in Pool B going into its final game of the round robin against Finland.

"From the opening face-off right through, I thought our game was very complete," said Canada head coach Brent Sutter. "For the most part, we did what we wanted to do."

Jeff Carter's second goal of the tournament at 2:28 of the opening period got Canada off on the right foot, but David Fredriksson replied with a power play marker at 7:29 to send the teams to the dressing room deadlocked after 20 minutes of play.

Clarke MacArthur, with his third, scored 52 seconds into the second to ignite a four-goal period for Canada.

Winnipegger Nigel Dawes (first), Patrice Bergeron (third) and Crosby, also scored for Canada in the second.

Canada added a pair goals in the first 46 seconds of the third to extend the lead.

Crosby scored on the power play 21 seconds in and Andrew Ladd notched his first of the tournament 25 seconds later.

Ryan Getzlaf, who had three points, potted his first of the tourney at 12:32 to round out the scoring.

Discipline was a problem for Canada, but thanks to a strong penalty kill, it didn't end up hurting them.

After killing off a 48-second two-man disadvantage in the first, Canada was two men short for a full two minutes in the second but gave up only two shots.

Sweden finished the contest 1-for-9 with the man advantage, while Canada was 2-for-9.

"We just fed off our penalty kill," said Canada captain Mike Richards. "When we were down 5-on-3 twice, we stuck to our guns and played it out."

Canada goalie Jeff Glass turned aside 16 of the 17 shots he faced.

As expected, defenceman Brent Seabrook (shoulder) and forward Jeremy Colliton (knee) returned to the lineup yesterday.

Seabrook, who finished with one assist, saw ample time on the power play and was worked into the rotation during 5-on-5 play.

Colliton, meanwhile, was limited to only two shifts as he suffered a setback.

Just under eight minutes into the first period, Canada defenceman Dion Phaneuf nailed Swedish forward Johannes Salmonsson with a bodycheck and as Salmonsson fell to the ice, he got tangled up with Colliton, who fell awkwardly to the ground and left the playing surface favouring his right knee.

Colliton returned to the bench late in the first, but didn't see the ice again.


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