STOCKHOLM – Steven Stamkos assisted on three of four first-period goals by Canada and added a goal in the third to lead the team to a comfortable 7-1 win over Norway.
The win puts Canada in second place in the Stockholm group with seven points, one behind the surprising Swiss. The loss leaves Norway tied for third with six points on the strength of two wins and a loss.
"I'm trying to keep it simple," said Matt Duchene, who had a goal and an assist while linemates Jordan Eberle (two assists) and Taylor Hall (two goals) also keyed the offence. "I've played on the big ice a lot this season. Before this tournament, I played 27 games on the big sheet and after tonight at 30 so I've played on the big sheet about the same number of times as the regular sheet back home. It's become familiar to me. My line has been going good. Eberle has been outstanding and Hallsie is really working it."
The score marks the first time at this championship that a team has scored as many as seven goals in a game. Canada now has a day off and plays Sweden on Thursday while the Norwegians play Tre Kronor tomorrow night.
The loss was the 19th in 20 all-time games against Canada, the lone win coming in 2000.
"After the first period and having that lead it was more about playing the system and develop chemistry within your lines and just continue to work on things," noted captain Eric Staal. "We know this is a long tournament, and we have some tough games against some pretty good teams. We have to keep improving."
The first period was one dominated by Canada, which outshot its opponent by a 13-1 margin. Andrew Ladd scored the opening goal at 4:45 thanks to a great play by Stamkos, who got to a loose puck in the slot. As he was falling, he managed to slide the puck to Ladd, who redirected it into the open side.
Jeff Skinner made it 2-0 when he came out front and patiently slid the puck between Lars Volden’s pads. Four minutes later, another great passing play put Canada up 3-0. Eberle found Duchene in front, and he made no mistake.
Claude Giroux closed out the scoring with a late goal on the power play, thanks to passes from Stamkos and Justin Schultz to Giroux, who also had only to re-direct the puck in.
Although the teams exchanged goals in the second, Canada dominated again. Another great Eberle pass, this time to Hall, made it 5-0 at 2:28, and then midway through the period Ken Andre Olimb capitalized on a defensive lapse by the Canadians to knock in a nice pass from behind the net by Anders Bastiansen.
Bastiansen had a great chance to score again later in the period after a Stamkos giveaway in mid-ice, but he was stopped by Devan Dubnyk on the ensuing breakaway.
Stamkos snapped in a loose puck form the slot at 4:32 of the final period to make it a 6-1 game. Hall added his second of the night at 12:35 thanks to a sensational rush by Duchene, who waltzed through the defence before losing the puck.