Canada recorded another blowout victory at the 2015 World Hockey Championships on Thursday, crushing Belarus 9-0 in quarterfinal action at the O2 Arena in the Czech Republic.
Canada — which has already scored 6-1, 10-0, 7-2 and 10-1 wins this tournament — wasted little time burying Belarus as Brent Burns, Tyler Ennis, Ryan O’Reilly and Tyler Seguin scored in a 17-minute span in the first period to put the Canadians out to a 4-0 lead.
The onslaught continued from there. Seguin scored two more to complete the hat-trick while Burns and O’Reilly each scored their second goals of the game. Jason Spezza potted the ninth and final goal with just under five minutes remaining.
In goal, Arizona netminder Mike Smith had a relatively easy time of things, stopping all 24 shots faced for his first shutout of the tournament. Belarus’ Kevin Lalande, who had played well leading up to the quarterfinals, was torched for all nine goals, but still finished with 41 saves.
With the win, Canada now moves on to face the winner of Finland-Czech Republic in the semifinals.
Some optimism today regarding the health of Dallas forward Rich Peverley — per TSN, Peverley could contemplate a possible comeback after missing all of last season due to a cardiac issue.
From Bob McKenzie:
The 32-year-old hasn’t played in 14 months after collapsing at the bench in a game against Columbus in March of 2014. Shortly after the incident, Peverley underwent a corrective procedure for an irregular heartbeat but was ruled out indefinitely and didn’t play at all in 2014-15, instead helping coach Dallas’ AHL affiliate while contemplating a move into management.
Another day, another accolade for Connor McDavid.
McDavid, the OHL Erie superstar and likely No. 1 pick at this year’s draft, captured the 2014-15 Red Tilson Trophy on Tuesday as the Ontario League’s Player of the Year.
“Obviously it’s amazing,” McDavid said, per NHL.com. “It’s such a special honor. It’s an award that’s really for a team. You wouldn’t be at this point without your teammates and all the coaches and everyone.
“I think it’s one of the most team-oriented awards there are. Obviously it means a lot getting your name on it, but at the same time I owe it all to the boys.”
McDavid, 18, also set some history upon winning the award, becoming the sixth-youngest player in OHL history to take home the Tilson. That puts him in some pretty elite company: 16-year-old John Tavares (Oshawa) was the youngest-ever winner in 2007, followed by Tyler Seguin of the Plymouth Whalers (2010), Plymouth’s David Legwand (1998), Eric Lindros of the Oshawa Generals (1991), and Jack Valiquette of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (1974).
McDavid captured this year’s award on the strength of 120 points in 47 regular-season games, the tearing apart the OHL playoffs — he currently leading all skaters with 45 points through 18 games.