Wickenheiser has more where that came from

KIRK PENTON AND JIM BENDER

, Last Updated: 7:11 AM ET

In a ceremony before Canada's contest with Germany, Hayley Wickenheiser, Danielle Goyette and Jayna Hefford were honoured for scoring more than 100 goals with the national squad.

"One hundred goals doesn't seem like a lot by NHL standards but when you only play 10 games a year or so with the national team, it's a pretty good accomplishment," Wickenheiser said after the match.

But the accomplishment is also a remainder that she's been around a while.

"When they mentioned 15 and scoring your first goal and I'm 28 now, so it means I've been playing for a long time now at this level," said the Canada captain.

"But I've still got a few more years to go and I feel good about where I'm at with my career."

Wickenheiser leads all scorers here with four goals and four helpers. Before the game, Canada coach Melody Davidson was asked if Wickenheiser is the greatest player in women's hockey history.

"Hayley's a great player," she replied. "History will tell whether she's the best player to ever lace them up. She's so good on and off the ice that people forget about what type of ambassador she is in the game and what she is doing to develop it. I feel privileged to have coached her as long as I have."

HURRY UP: More than a few members of Team Canada can't wait to watch the Toronto Maple Leafs-Montreal Canadiens game this evening on Hockey Night in Canada.

There's a chance the winner of tonight's Leafs-Habs game makes the NHL playoffs and the loser misses out.

"We have a lot of Frenchies on the team this year," cracked Ferrari, who hails from Toronto. "I don't really cheer for any particular team. I just like to annoy both sides."

AROUND THE GLASS: Davidson hadn't decided on her starting netminder for today's game as of yesterday at noon. She planned to make the decision yesterday afternoon and inform the starter last night.

Canada might want to stay out of the penalty box today. The Americans have converted five of seven power plays, which works out to an impressive 71.4% success rate.

OH NO THE GERMANS: Bummer. Team Germany, they said, had the potential to record some of the biggest upsets of the 2007 Women's World Championship.

But now they find themselves in the relegation round with Kazakhstan and Russia, hoping to avoid the complete embarrassment dropping into the second level for the next Worlds.

"We tried our hardest and we lost and that's the way it worked out," German coach Peter Kathan said after Switzerland had dropped them out of medal contention. "The players are down but the tournament goes on; they have to move past it."

The Germans play Kazakhstan at the MTS Centre at noon today. The last-place team in the relegation round drops with the first-place squad of the second tier moving up.


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