Team Canada continued their hot start at the World Championships with a 6-0 win against Belarus on Monday. They have outscored their opponents 17-3 (4-1, 7-2, 6-0) through three games. It’s not surprising for Canada, who are the heavy favorites in the tournament.
It’s been a good start for the members of the Philadelphia Flyers that are playing for Team Canada as well.
Sean Couturier missed the first two games with a lower-body injury, but made his tournament debut in the win. He won 80% (8-for-10) of his faceoffs in 12:55 of icetime in the bottom-six.
Claude Giroux and Travis Konecny were among the stars for Canada on Monday. Giroux scored his first goal of the tournament in a two-point night, and Konecny picked up two more assists including a nice cross-ice feed while also showing off his gritty side.
Konecny assisted on the opening goal of the game after disrupting an exit attempt by Belarus. He picked up the puck off the wall and got it back to the point before positioning himself in front.
He then got the puck to Mitch Marner, and his linemates did the rest.
Next it was Giroux’s turn with Canada up 2-0. He played catch with Tyson Barrie in the offensive zone before getting the puck to Jeff Skinner in the slot.
Then Giroux finally got on the board with a goal of his own. As the power play expired he got the rebound from a Skinner shot and put it home.
A good finish from the captain.
Last, but certainly not least, it was Konecny again with a nice cross-ice feed in the neutral zone to spring Brayden Point.
Both Konecny and Giroux are among the point leaders for the tournament through three games. Giroux and Konecny are also both in a five-way tie for the second-highest +/- with a +5.
Konecny’s six assists have him tied with Artemi Panarin for most assists, and in a three-way tie for fifth in points. Giroux’s five points have him tied for eighth in the tournament.
Canada will now have two days off before taking on France on Thursday.
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