Title holders Canada needed everything they had to earn a 5-2 victory of Germany at the Ice Hockey World Championships. The game was level for two periods, but the Canadians were ultimately too good.
Germany were coming off their initial win of the tournament, but had to feel a bit of trepidation facing off with undefeated Canada, who had racked up a goal difference of +18 in their first three matches.
The Germans were clearly focusing on defense in St. Petersburg, an approach that bore fruit as they held Canada to a single goal in the first period. Taylor Hall opened the scoring at 3:54, but after that the favorites and title holders were stymied. Germany's Gerrit Fauser had a goal disallowed after a video replay showed his skate had touched the puck.
Canada doubled their lead with a power-play goal by Corey Perry three minutes into the second period. But Germany stormed back as Patrick Reimer (31:31) and game MVP Sinan Akdag (37:36) put the puck in the net. After two periods the score between underdogs Germany and mighty Canada was 2-2.
"We really irritated them today," Akdag said after the game. "We didn't just defend like last year. We were also courageous going forward. You saw we have a great team."
But in the third period, Canada's superior skills proved too much for the Germans. Taylor Hall restored the defending world champs' lead at 43:12. Boone Jenner (46:50) and Cody Ceci (53:17) completed the final 5-2 scoreline.
Canada stay top of Group B, while Germany drop down to sixth. Germany's next match comes on Friday, when they face Belarus.
In Thursday's Group A match, Russia obliterated Denmark 10-1.