Canucks pumped for weak Danes

PAUL FRIESEN

, Last Updated: 8:17 AM ET

PARDUBICE, Czech Republic -- The Danes haven't been so great here, losing 10-1 to Sweden the other day.

The bad news: It could get worse -- today they face a Canadian team angry with itself for giving up a two-goal, third period lead against those same Swedes on Saturday.

You may as well poke a sleeping bear with a sharp stick.

"We want to take it to them, and go into our next game on a huge high," Canadian goalie Steve Mason said. "Our game is definitely going to be something to watch. I can tell you this Canadian team is definitely going to bounce back, and show the rest of the tournament why we're a team to be reckoned with."

Coached by Ken Babey of Calgary, Denmark has given up 19 goals in three games, most in the tournament, although they lost to the Slovaks by just one, 4-3, yesterday, in a game watched by less than 500 fans.

HARD FOR 60

Don't expect the Canadians to ease up, even if they get a big lead.

"That was the big motto in our dressing room for practice -- just play hard for 60 minutes," Steve Stamkos said. "I don't think we've done that so far this tournament. We've played for spurts of 30, maybe 40 minutes of good, Canadian hockey."

Stamkos, a potential first overall NHL draft pick next summer, has been held pointless since collecting three assists in Game 1.

AROUND THE WJHC

The Canadian players aren't expected to watch today's Czech-Sweden game, even though it'll determine their standing (Canada gets first place in its pool if the Czechs win by less than six). Coach Craig Hartsburg wants them to focus on the Danes... If the Swedes beat the Czechs, and Canada gets past Denmark, the Canadians will finish second and cross over to play the third-place team in the other group in a quarter final, Wednesday. That figures to be Finland ... The U.S. (3-1) has clinched first in its group for the first time in four years ... Three of the tournament's top scorers are Swedes. Canada's top point-getter, Kyle Turris, ranks 14th, with three points.


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