Canada Cruises Past France At Hockey Worlds

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Canada cruises past France at hockey worlds May 8, 2012 6:48 AM

HELSINKI, FINLAND – It was the 1986 World Cup when France coach Henri Michel was asked about having the USSR and Canada in the same pool.

“I’d be worried if it was hockey,” said the soccer coach.

The coach of France here Monday was Winnipeg native David Henderson. And it was hockey.

He watched Canada take a 4-0 first period lead and then cruise to a 7-2 win over France in a World Hockey Championship game before a crowd of only 2,314 fans.

France, 6-3 winners over Kazakhstan the night before to take some early pressure off the possibility of being relegated, had earlier lost 7-2 to the United States.

With ex-Montreal Canadiens netminder Christobal Huet not facing Canada and ex-Chicago Blackhawk team-mates Ryan Getzlaf, Duncan Keith and Patrick Sharp, FabriceLhenry drew the assignment in goal. The France line-up did, however, feature Alexandre Rouleau, a native of Mont-

Laurier, Que., who won a silver medal for Canada at the 2003 world junior in Halifax.

Rouleau won his French citizenship earlier this year and received official permission from the IIHF to play for France. He’s played for Grenoble the last five seasons.

He scored a late first period goal for the Tri Colore who received a second goal in the second period from Brian Henderson, the son of the coach.

It was Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, playing on a line with Patrick Sharp and Jamie Benn who pulled the trigger for his first World Hockey Championship goal at 1:59 before setting up Sharp for a 2-0 lead midway through the period on the power play.

Benn scored the other two goals of the first period with Jordan Eberle scoring his second goal of the tournament on a power play in the second period.

Nugent-Hopkins scored his second of the game and Corey Perry checked in with his first of the tournament to complete the scoring in the third period.

A giveaway by Edmonton Oilers’ team-mate Nugent-Hopkins in front of the net cost Devan Dubnyk the shutout in the first period and a rebound resulted in the second goal for France.

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