Game Summary
Canada 5 - Slovenia 1

HALIFAX – Dany Heatley scored three times to become Canada's all-time active leading goal scorer and the defending champions beat Slovenia
5-1 on Friday in the opening game of the 2008 International Ice Hockey Federation's World Championship tournament.

Heatley now has 25 goals for Canada on the world stage and his hat trick moved him past Hall of Famer Marcel Dionne in the history texts.

"It feels great, I didn't know that,' Heatley said on TSN in the second intermission about accomplishing his feat. "It means I have
been here a few times."

This is Heatley's fifth world tournament. He was MVP of the 2004 championship.

Dan Hamhuis, playing in his third straight IIHF world championship tournament, and Martin St. Louis also scored for the Canadians, who aim to become the first team to win a goal medal on home soil since Russia in 1986.

Ryan Getzlaf had three assists while Rick Nash contributed two assists.

Anze Kopitar broke Cam Ward's shutout bid while Slovenia enjoyed a two-man advantage in the second period. Kopitar plays for the Los
Angeles Kings and is the only member of the Slovenia team who plays in the NHL.

From the outset, it wasn't whether Canada would win the game. The only issue was the margin of victory and a superb effort by goalie Robert
Kristian prevented the match from a complete blowout.

Hamhuis opened the scoring early in the first period by making the right read in the play and jumping in from the blueline to deposit a
rebound past Kristian at the 3:45 mark.

The Canadians had a chance to pull ahead by two goals a few minutes later when Eric Staal beat Kristian from close in but his shot bounded
off the left post.

Heatley one-timed a perfect cross-ice pass for his first goal of the game just 41 seconds into the second period to become Team Canada's
all-time active leading goal scorer, surpassing Dionne.

St. Louis then made it 3-0 at 10:18.

Ward didn't see much action until Slovenia went on a two-man power play and there was little the Canadian goalie could do when Kopitar put Slovenia on the board. Kopitar took a pass off his skate and kicked the puck on to his skate and scored from close in at 12:19 of the second period. It was the historic first goal for Slovenia against Canada. Slovenia lost 8-0 the first time these teams mat at the world tournament in 2004.

Heatley netted his second goal of the game at 5:07 of the third.

Kopitar then had a chance to get a second goal when he was stopped by Ward while on a breakaway.

Heatley scored his third goal of the game in a backhand shot at 10:25.

Ward has now won six straight games at the world tournament. He was 5-0 in Moscow last year to help Canada to the world title.

Canada's next game is Sunday against Latvia and the Canadians then play the United States on Tuesday. Both games will be televised by


Game Information/Reseignements sur le match
Event/Événement World Championship Location/Emplacement Halifax, NS, CAN
Date Fri, May 2, 2008 Arena/Aréna Halifax Metro Centre
Time/Heure 3:30 pm EST Attendance/Assistance -,---
Round/Ronde Preliminary Round Game # 02


Box Score/Compte
















First Period/Première période

Goals/Buts :
3.45 Canada 2. HAMHUIS, Dan Game Winning Goal (15. HEATLEY, Dany, 51. GETZLAF, Ryan)

Penalties/Pénalités :
4.03 2 min Slovenia 84. HEBAR, Andrej Holding
7.42 2 min Slovenia 14. PRETNAR, Boris Tripping
9.41 2 min Canada 61. NASH, Rick High Sticking
15.12 2 min Canada 15. HEATLEY, Dany Elbowing
18.03 2 min Slovenia 13. PAJIC, Rok High Sticking

Second Period/Deuxième période

Goals/Buts :
20.41 2 - 0 EQ Canada 15. HEATLEY, Dany (51. GETZLAF, Ryan) (61. NASH, Rick)
30.18 3 - 0 PP1 Canada 26. ST. LOUIS, Martin (12. STAAL, Eric) (22. KEITH, Duncan)
32.19 3 - 1 PP2 Slovenia 11. KOPITAR, Anze (9. RAZINGAR, Tomaz) (27. REBOLJ, Miha)
35.07 4 - 1 PP1 Canada 15. HEATLEY, Dany (61. NASH, Rick) (8. BURNS, Brent)

Penalties/Pénalités :
25.24 2 min Slovenia 22. RODMAN, Marcel Hooking
28.48 2 min Slovenia 15. MURIC, Egon Hooking
30.38 2 min Canada 12. STAAL, Eric Hooking
31.27 2 min Canada 22. KEITH, Duncan High Sticking
33.22 2 min Slovenia 37. ROBAR, Mitja High Sticking
36.53 2 min Canada 55. JOVANOVSKI, Ed Hooking

Third Period/Troisième période

Goals/Buts :
50.25 5 - 1 EQ Canada 15. HEATLEY, Dany (51. GETZLAF, Ryan)

Penalties/Pénalités :
48.21 2 min Slovenia 12. RODMAN, David Hooking
52.24 2 min Canada 8. BURNS, Brent Charging


Goaltenders CAN 30. WARD, Cam
Gardiens de but SLO 33. KRISTAN, Robert

Shots on Goal Team 1 p 2 p 3 p Ttl
Shots on Goal CAN 19 31 15 65
Tirs au but SLO 6 8 9 21

Referee/Arbitre BULANOV Vyacheslav (RUS), POLIAKOV Alexander (RUS)
Linesmen/Juges des lignes KICHA Andrii (UKR), OSKIRKO Yuriy (RUS)
For more information:
André Brin Manager, Communications

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