GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- Anthony Stewart felt the weight of the world junior hockey championship lifted off his shoulders last night. Stewart, relegated to the role of 13th forward the previous night against Sweden by head coach Brent Sutter, responded with two goals in Canada's 9-0 win over Germany.
Stewart, who plays with the OHL's Kingston Frontenacs, had tied for the team scoring lead last year in Helsinki with five goals and six assists. He was pointless in the first two games here.
"It's great to get the monkey off my back," said a much-relieved Stewart.
"It's an emotional night right now. I just wanted my chance and once I got my chance, I could prove what I could do. There is still work to be done. It's only three games deep."
Stewart said riding the bench against Sweden served as a kick in the pants.
"You want to get back in the lineup any way you can, so you do anything you can."
Sutter said Stewart played better.
"But as I told Anthony, it's not about goals and assists but it's how how he plays and what we expect out of him here."
A much bigger test awaits Stewart and Canada tomorrow when the 3-0 Canadians play Finland. A win gives Canada first place in its group and a bye to Sunday's semifinals.
Canadian captain Michael Richards of the Kitchener Rangers left last night's game after one shift in the second period. He had gone off during the final minute of the first period favouring his right leg.
He may have suffered a charley horse but Sutter said Richards will be OK for the Finland game.
"He's going to be fine. It was more of precautionary move. I talked to him when he came out to start the second period and he killed that penalty off, but I felt it better that he go off and get iced down and get ready to go for our next game."
Rejean Beauchemin of the Prince Albert Raiders, playing his first game after Jeff Glass of the Kootenay Ice played the first two, stopped 17 shots.
"I felt good all day and after a couple of shots I settled down," Beauchemin said. "It was what the guys expected from me."
Canada led 4-0 after the first period, outshooting Germany 25-5.
Andrew Ladd of the Calgary Hitmen opened the scoring at 10:05, followed 46 seconds later by Clarke MacArthur of the Medicine Hat Tigers, who tipped a point shot with his back to the Germany net.
Sidney Crosby of the Rimouski Oceanic made it 3-0 with his fifth power-play goal of the tournament at 17:46 on a two-man advantage.
The 17-year-old equalled the team record for power-play goals, set by Eric Daze in 1995.
Cam Barker of the Tigers scored another power-play goal 47 seconds later, with Jeff Carter of London setting the perfect screen.
"It was a great screen by Carter or I don't think it would have gone in otherwise," Barker said.
That's a Canadian record for the fastest two power-play goals. The old mark was 49 seconds, set Jan. 1, 1990 against the Soviet Union on goals by Patrice Brisebois and Mike Needham.
His next power-play goal will not only set the team tournament mark, but also the Canadian career mark.
Canada scored twice in the second period: Ryan Getzlaf of the Hitmen at 6:32, then Stewart with his first at 12:46.
Canada led 41-9 on the shot clock after 40 minutes.
Stewart's second goal came at 7:12 of the third period.
Crosby scored his first even-strength goal at 14:34, then Colin Fraser of the Red Deer Rebels capped it at 17:47. Canada ended up with 52 shots, far short of the team record of 80 shots against West Germany in the 1977 tournament.
"For us, playing against Canada is sort of like David and Goliath," said Germany coach Ewe Krupp.
"We treated this game as, more or less, we had to play it and, hopefully, nobody gets injured. It's a thrill and for some of the boys a highlight of their hockey career."
The Canadians had been called for 11 stick infractions in its first two games against Slovakia and Sweden and that was something Sutter said must stop.
The Canadians were whistled for seven penalties.
Russia 7, Belarus 2
In last night's other game at Thief River Falls, Minn., Alexander Ovechkin and Roman Voloshenko each scored twice for Russia . Voloshenko's second goal, at 8:04 of the third period, began a run of three Russian goals in 1:46 that put the game out of reach at 7-2.
When asked if the large number of stick penalties is because officials in international play tend to call everything, Sutter replied: "They call it in our league and at our level, so why would we expect it not to be called here?"