Canada successfully defended the International Hockey Lineal Championship in their first game since winning Olympic Gold in a dramatic victory in Vancouver, defeating Germany 4-1 in an exhibition game in the lead-up to the 2010 World Championships.
Germany surprised Team Canada by opening the scoring just 2:16 into the game, on a Sven Felski tally past St. Louis Blues goaltender Chris Mason to jump out to the early 1-0 lead. But Canada struck back eight minutes later, with Corey Perry converting a 5-on-3 power play, beating German keeper Dennis Endras to send the game into the first intermission tied at 1-1. Rene Bourque would add a second power play tally midway through the second to go ahead 2-1, and the line of Perry, Bourque and Steven Stamkos would convert twice more in the third, on goals from Stamkos and Perry’s second of the night to end in the 4-1 win. Perry, Stamkos and Bourque all netted three points in the win.
With the win, Canada retains the International Hockey Lineal Championship, their 55th, that they captured from Slovakia at the Vancouver Olympics, and retained in the now-classic Gold Medal Game overtime win over the United States to bring the title to Germany. Canada and Germany last faced off with the IHLC on the line at the 2004 World Championships, where Canada retained in a 6-1 victory. Canada now moves into the 2010 World Championships with the IHLC, opening their tournament against Italy in four days’ time with the IHLC up for grabs.
02:16 – GOAL – Felski (Tripp, Barta)
09:09 – PEN – Greilinger, hooking
10:03 – PEN – Sulzer, delay of game
10:37 – PP2 GOAL – Perry (Tavares, Stamkos)
11:53 – PEN – Tavares, hooking
24:37 – PEN – Ullmann, hooking
26:36 – PP GOAL – Bourque (Cumiskey)
29:04 – PEN – Gogulla, slashing
40:16 – GOAL – Perry (Stamkos, Bourque)
51:02 – PEN – Stamkos, slashing
54:27 – GOAL – Stamkos (Perry, Bourque)
L: Endras, Kotschnew
Goaltenders: Devan Dubnyk, Chad Johnson, Chris Mason. Defence: François Beauchemin, Brent Burns, Kyle Cumiskey, Michael Del Zotto, Mark Giordano, Kris Russell, Marc Staal. Forwards: Rene Bourque, Steve Downie, Matt Duchene, Jordan Eberle, Evander Kane, Brooks Laich, Steve Ott, Corey Perry, Rich Peverley, Mason Raymond, Ryan Smyth, Steven Stamkos, John Tavares, Ray Whitney.
Goaltenders: Dennis Endras, Dimitri Kotschnew, Rob Zepp. Defence: Constantin Braun, Sven Butenschön, Robert Dietrich, Christian Ehrhoff, Nikolai Goc, Korbinian Holzer, Frank Hördler, Justin Krueger, Alexander Sulzer. Forwards: Alexander Barta, Marcel Goc, Philip Gogulla, Thomas Greilinger, Patrick Hager, Kai Hospelt, Sven Felski, Daniel Kreutzer, Marcel Müller, André Rankel, Felix Schütz, John Tripp, Christoph Ullmann, Michael Wolf.