Singing and scoring

TERRY JONES -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:24 AM ET

HALIFAX -- You knew this might be a loosey-goosey game before they dropped the puck.

Actually, just seconds before they dropped the puck.

Canadian captain Shane Doan was caught on the Metro Centre video board sitting on the bench, moving and grooving, his shoulders bouncing and head bopping from side to side to the playing of Stan Roger's classic Barrett's Privateers.

EARLY LEAD

The video board even caught Doan singing along to the line "...broken man on a Halifax pier."

Four minutes later, Canada had a 2-0 lead en route to a 7-0 win over a bunch of broken men on an over-matched Latvian team.

"I hear him singing it all the time," said Mike Green.

Favourite song?

"It is right now," said Doan.

Somebody asked him if he knew all the words.

"I wish I was in Sherbrooke now," he began.

"Sailed the seas for American gold," he continued.

"Shed no tears," he managed.

"I'm a broken man on a Halifax pier."

Doan said singing the song on the bench before the game just felt right.

"The big thing is to enjoy each other," he said.

"Our players have adopted the song," said coach Ken Hitchcock. "They play it in our dressing room. They're singing it all the time. I'm not sure that Doan can sing, though. He was facing the other direction."

While Arturs Irbe tied Canada 3-3 back in 1997 and the Latvians had four competitive games against the Canadians from 2002 through to 2005, they've been outscored 18-0 by Canada in their last two meetings, including 11-0 as tournament hosts in Riga in 2006.

Patrick Sharp, who scored Canada's first goal at the 2:35 mark, Green a minute and 10 seconds later and Dany Heatley with his fourth of the tournament before the end of the period, gave Canada a 3-0 lead to take to the dressing room against the Latvian team which played this one in their retro-uniforms - kind of a black and white version of an old Vancouver Canucks outfit - instead of their tradition burgundy duds which more than 1,000 Latvians were wearing in the stands.

"We felt if we overwhelmed them early we'd have success," said Hitchcock.

If the home team was trying to take the crowd away, that's something that's just impossible with the Lavian fans.

But the guy in the booth who insisted on drowning out the signing fans with canned music should be canned immediately.

CHASED STARTER

Canada struck for three more goals early in the second period as Rick Nash (1:03), Martin St. Louis (2:00) and Chris Kunitz (2:42) made it 6-0, chasing starting goaltender Edgar Masalskis, who was replaced by 39-year-old Sergejs Naumovs.

"I needed to make big saves today. I needed to do that - and I didn't," said Masalskis, who said it's an experience playing against the kind of talent this Canadian team has.

"They know where they are shooting the puck," he said.

Nash made it 7-0 before the second period ended and Canada called off the dogs in the third, giving goalie Pascal Leclaire some work.

Hitchcock said Cam Ward will be back in goal against Team USA here tomorrow, with Leclaire likely getting the following game.

Heatley had three points to tie Team Canada GM Steve Yzerman's modern day record for career points at the Worlds with 39.

But nobody enjoys running up the score on Latvia.

"We tried to do our best," said Latvian coach Oleg Znaroks. "There's a big difference between our team and that team."

Despite what they watched, the fans chanted "Latvia! Latvia! Latvia!" as the clock counted down the final two minutes of the game.

"They were cheering for their team at the end of the game. Some countries, if they were losing 7-0, their fans would have all gone home," said Nash.


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