Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Talbot Earns Second Shutout as Canada Rolls over Slovakia 5-0 at Hockey Worlds

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Talbot Earns Second Shutout as Canada Rolls over Slovakia 5-0 at Hockey Worlds

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Talbot perfect as Canada blanks Slovakia 5-0


ST. PETERSBURG, Russia - Cam Talbot insists his teammates are making it easy for him.

He made 18 saves to pick up his second shutout as Canada blanked Slovakia 5-0 on Saturday at the world hockey championship. The win moved the Canadians to a perfect 5-0 in Group B preliminary-round play in St. Petersburg, Russia, tied with Finland.

"You can't say enough about this group of guys, the way they play defensively and not just offensively," said Talbot after the game. "You can tell that we don't give up a lot of Grade A scoring chances. When we do, we're there to clean up the rebounds when I give them up.

"It's been a lot of fun to play behind these guys."

Derick Brassard had a goal and an assist for Canada, while Taylor Hall added a power-play goal. Morgan Rielly, Matt Duchene and Mark Scheifele also scored.

"We were not really happy with the way we played last game (against Germany)," said Brassard. "I thought tonight was a complete effort from our team. We were skating, we were dangerous in all three periods. I know if we play like that, we're going to be hard to beat."

With a boisterous crowd of supporters cheering them on, the Slovaks pressured Talbot aggressively in the game's early minutes. As in earlier games in the tournament, Talbot weathered the storm until Canada gained momentum that would carry the team through the rest of the game.

Once again, Canada spread the scoring throughout the lineup, starting when Rielly -- a defenceman on loan from the Toronto Maple Leafs -- threaded a wrist shot from the blue line past Hudacek at 11:30 of the first period.

"A little lucky, I think," said Rielly of his first goal of the tournament. "Just a point shot and a good screen in front.

"It's nice to get the first one out of the way, but the most important thing is that we got the win."

Duchene added his third of the tournament as Canada outshot the Slovaks 14-4 in the opening frame, then Hall and Scheifele extended the lead to 4-0 in the second. …

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