Canada Proves to be Hungary for Second Victory

Canada Proves to be Hungary for Second Victory

Steven Ellis08 May 2016Steven Ellis»

Canada had no issue taking down Hungary, taking the 7-1 victory to open up day three at the 2016 World Hockey Championships.


Canada had no issue taking down Hungary, taking the 7-1 victory to open up day three at the 2016 World Hockey Championships.

It took just five minutes to make Hungary look silly. It was a beautiful first goal of the game, with Connor McDavid sending the puck off to Mark Stone, who found Mark Scheifele perfectly in the slot. Scheifele finished off the tick-tack-toe play, one-timing it past former Nashville Predators prospect Zoltán Hetényi to give Canada the 1-0 lead early.

Five minutes later, Canada was back on the board.Using tremendous skill to control the puck, Taylor Hall made a great move in front of the net, finding Corey Perry at the doorstep before tapping it in for the 2-0 lead.

With two minutes left in the first, the Hungarian fans had something to cheer about. Istvan Sofron did a great job on the forecheck, forcing Matt Dumba to give up the puck just in front of the Canadian crease. Hunagrian sharpshooter Istvan Bartalis was in the perfect spot to take advantage of the miscue, firing the puck hard past Calvin Pickard and in to give his country some life on Hungary's first goal against Canada in 78 years before the end of the first period.

After 7:12 in the second period, Canada was able to regain their two goal lead thanks to a connection with the Ottawa Senators. Cody Ceci would take a hard shot from the point, just getting stopped by Hetenyi. Former World Junior star Mark Stone was in a great spot to tap the puck in, poking it just over the line to make it 3-1.

Canada's rout began to take place. Two minutes later, Connor McDavid flicked the puck over a Hungarian defenseman before starting a nice two-on-one down the ice. McDavid then saucered the puck over a sliding defender, finding Brad Marchand in the slot. The Boston Bruins forward deked out Hetenyi for Canada's fourth goal of the game, a lead that looked to be unreachable for their opponents in the white jerseys.

With about eight minutes left in the second, Canaada scored again. This time, Chris Tanev's shot made it to Derrick Brassard, who scored his first goal for Team Canada after taking multiple jabs at the puck in the crease.

Hetenyi's night was over with 7:15 left in the second. After Michael Matheson scored after sending it just udner the glove, Adam Vay got to see his first ever action for Hungary's men's team, something that had to be expected heading into the game. Vay, a young 22-year-old with Debreceni HK in the MOL Liga, has won two silver medals internationally for Hungary, coming in Division IB for the Under-18's and Division IIB for U20 action.

Canada would take the 7-1 lead with under five minutes completed in the third period. Hall looked like he was going to make the pass all the way down the ice, but his attempt on a two-on-one instead would instead beat Vay for the first time after getting tipped off of defenseman Kevin Wehrs and in.

Canada's next challenge will come from Belarus on Monday, a team that, despite losing 9-0 to Canada last year, never seems to give up. Hungary will get the day off before a meeting with France on Tuesday, a game that could prove to be their most likely chance at a victory in the preliminary round.

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