Germans don't like getting hammered

TERRY JONES, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 7:47 AM ET

HALIFAX -- Earlier in the week the IIHF put ineligible Canadian Jason Holland on an airplane back to Germany.

Canada yesterday dispatched the entire German team from the world championship.

Unlike when Canada beat Norway 48 hours earlier, there was no waiting until the final four minutes to beat the Eishockey National Mannschaft.

"From the first minute to the last, they were just too much for us," German captain Marco Sturm said of the 10-1 loss which took his nation out of contention for a chance to advance to the quarter-finals.

"Everyone is embarrassed. Everybody was excited to play on national TV in Canada. It's not too many times that happens. To play that was is very, very disappointing."

It was the worst beating Germany has suffered against Canada since losing 13-1 in 1967.

NO LETUP

The Canadians put the pedal to the metal early, scoring three goals and outshooting the Germans 12-0 before allowing the first shot of the game only to return to the other end of the ice and make it 4-0.

When Canada made it 7-0, 8-0 and 9-0 in the second period, they had more goals than Germany had shots.

Eric Staal, who had yet to score in the tournament, scored four goals for the Canadians in a game in which Jason Spezza and Jamal Mayers, also scored their first to go with the other goals by Dany Heatley, Patrick Sharp, Mike Green and Derek Roy.

The Canadians had 18-5, 34-9 and 42-18 advantages in shots on goal at the end of periods in chasing starting goaltender Dimitrij Kotschnew after the first period to bring on Robert Muller for his turn in this museum of torture in front of 9,182 fans.

"Everything we shot went into the net," Canada coach Ken Hitchcock said.

"We played a very powerful game."

It was the 14th consecutive win in the tournament for the Canadian team which ran the table to a gold medal last year in Moscow.

"It was a sobering experience," said German coach Uwe Krupp, a former German player who has his name on the Stanley Cup which will be on display here today.

"Our team was out-matched in every area. Thank God you don't have many days like that."


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