Canada downs Danes in world championship opener
|Denmark's Oliver Lauridsen hits Canada's Wayne Simmonds as they fight for the puck during play in the world hockey championship at the Globe Arena in Stockholm, May 4, 2013. (REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann)
Jordan Eberle of the Edmonton Oilers and Matt Duchene of the Colorado Avalanche combined for two pretty goals Saturday to help Canada down Denmark 3-1 in their opening game at the world hockey championship in Stockholm.
Steven Stamkos of the Tampa Bay Lightning had the game winner on the power play in the second period. Claude Giroux of the Philadelphia Flyers and Eric Staal of the Carolina Hurricanes assisted.
"We came out a little slow, but that's to be expected in a tournament like this," Stamkos said. "In the second and third we took the pucks down low and had a lot of positives to build on, and then we got going."
Morten Green of Denmark scored the opening goal of the game. Forward Kim Staal and defenceman Daniel Nielsen assisted.
Goalie Devan Dubnyk stopped 24 of 25 shots for the win while his Danish opponent, Simon Nielsen, saved 33 of 36 shots.
It was only the third international meeting between the two nations, the last being in 2006.
Canada’s next game is Sunday against Switzerland.