Panarin stars as Russia score 10, Canada remain unbeaten
Artemi Panarin produced a classy display as Russia thrashed Denmark 10-1, while Canada maintained their 100 per cent record at the 2016 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship.
Chicago Blackhawks winger Panarin contributed four assists for the rampant hosts before adding a power-play goal – his third strike of the competition – in the closing stages.
Denmark’s only response came from Jannik Hansen in the second period, and they now face a crunch match against Latvia on Friday.
However, Russia remain second in Group A following Czech Republic’s 7-0 thumping of Norway.
Lukas Kaspar’s double helped the Czechs make it four wins from four, while goalkeeper Dominik Furch secured a second shut-out in as many World Championship appearances.
Lukas Kaspar scored from just inside the blue line. One of two goals in a 7-0 win for @narodnitym. #IIHFWorlds pic.twitter.com/3YCCXrotGz
— IIHF (@IIHFHockey) May 12, 2016
Roman Cervenka, the scorer of the opening goal for Czech Republic, felt taking a 3-0 lead into the first break played a crucial role in the outcome.
“I wouldn’t like to say it was an easy game, despite winning 7-0. We just got off to a really good start and we were up 3-0, 4-0 very quickly,” he said.
“Norway had some chances tonight but he [Furch] had the answers.”
Canada maintained their unbeaten record at the championship by overcoming Germany 5-2, keeping them top of Group B.
Taylor Hall contributed to the defending champions taking a 2-0 lead in the second period, but Germany managed to tie the game ahead of the third.
However, the European side failed to strike on the power-play and Hall took his tally for the competition to five – joining Sweden’s Gustav Nyquist at the top of the goalscoring charts – as Canada clinched a fourth straight win.
A rampant second-period showing from United States helped secure a 4-0 win over France.
Three goals in the space of five minutes helped get the USA’s play-off ambitions back on track, while Mike Condon made 19 saves to keep the Europeans off the scoreboard.