Game Summary
Latvia 0 - Canada 7

HALIFAX – Dany Heatley continued to rewrite Hockey Canada's record book as Canada scored a 7-0 victory over Latvia on Sunday for its second straight win at the 2008 IIHF World Championship.

Heatley had a goal and three assists for his second straight four-point game and moved past Steve Yzerman, Canada's general manager, into top place on Canada's all-time scoring list at the world championship with 40 points.

Heatley opened the tournament with three goals and an assist in a 5-1 win over Slovenia, the hat trick earning him the title of Canada's all-time leading goal scorer at the event.

The line of Heatley, Ryan Getzlaf and Rick Nash continued to have its way offensively. They followed an eight-point effort against Slovenia with an eight-point night against Latvia, with Heatley notching four points, while Nash had two goals and Getzlaf two assists.

Heatley became Canada's top point-producer at the IIHF's showcase event when he drew an assist on the second goal of the game by Nash, at 12:20 of the second period.

Nash now takes a six-game point scoring streak for Canada's National Men's Team into Tuesday's game against the United States. The game can be seen on TSN, beginning at 3:20 pm ET/12:20 p.m. PT.

"It is a lot of fun," Nash told TSN during an interview in the second intermission. "The key is to get better as the games go on and I feel our line is doing that."

Goaltender Pascal Leclaire, who played three years of Major Junior hockey with the Halifax Mooseheads of the Quebec Major Junior League, got the win. Leclaire didn't have a busy night but he was brilliant early in the third to preserve the shutout.

Patrick Sharp, Mike Green, Chris Kunitz and Martin St. Louis also scored.

The outcome was never in doubt and although the Latvians had visions of making it a close game, those visions were snuffed out in the second period when the defending world champions scored three goals in a span of 1:39.

Sharp, who is representing Canada for the first time, opened the scoring at 2:35 of the first when he snapped a rebound into Latvia's net.

Green followed with a goal at 3:45 on a wonderful individual effort, and Heatley made it 3-0 at 12:15 with his fourth goal of the tournament and his second point of the game.

The rout was officially on in the second period.

Heatley tied Yzerman atop Canada's all-time scoring chart when he set Nash up for his first goal of the game, at 1:03 of the second.

St. Louis made it 5-0 at 2:00, and Kunitz's goal at 2:42 completed the short scoring spree and chased starting goalie Edgars Masalskis.

Canada has now won 11 straight games at the world championship, dating back to 2007s gold medal effort in Moscow.



Game Information/Reseignements sur le match
Event/Événement World Championship Location/Emplacement Halifax, NS, CAN
Date Sun, May 4, 2008 Arena/Aréna Halifax Metro Centre
Time/Heure 3:30 pm EST Attendance/Assistance -,---
Round/Ronde Preliminary Round Game # 10


Box Score/Compte
















First Period/Première période

Goals/Buts :
2.35 Canada 10. SHARP, Patrick (21. MAYERS, Jamal, 55. JOVANOVSKI, Ed)
3.45 Canada 52. GREEN, Mike (15. HEATLEY, Dany)
12.15 Canada 15. HEATLEY, Dany (51. GETZLAF, Ryan)

Penalties/Pénalités :
9.07 2 min Canada 25. CHIMERA, Jason - Holding
14.18 2 min Latvia 13. GALVINS, Guntis - Hooking
19.05 2 min Latvia 8. BLINOVS, Viktors - Tripping

Second Period/Deuxième période

Goals/Buts :
21.03 PP Canada 61. NASH, Rick (15. HEATLEY, Dany, 8. BURNS, Brent)
22.00 Canada 26. ST. LOUIS, Martin (91. SPEZZA, Jason)
22.42 Canada 14. KUNITZ, Chris (9. ROY, Derek)
32.20 Canada 61. NASH, Rick (51. GETZLAF, Ryan)

Penalties/Pénalités :
24.19 2 min Latvia 21. BERZINS, Armands - Hooking
38.03 2 min Canada 52. GREEN, Mike - Holding the Stick

Third Period/Troisième période

Goals/Buts :

Penalties/Pénalités :
40.44 2 min Latvia 16. SIROKOVS, Aleksejs - Hooking
45.58 2 min Canada 12. STAAL, Eric - Hooking
52.30 2 min Canada 51. GETZLAF, Ryan - Roughing
52.30 20 min Latvia 41. IVANANS, Raitis - Game Misconduct
52.30 5 min Latvia 41. IVANANS, Raitis - Spearing
55.16 2 min Latvia 12. VASILJEVS, Herberts - Hooking
59.14 2 min Latvia 30. NAUMOVS, Sergejs - Tripping
60.00 2 min Latvia 3. REKIS, Arvids - Hooking


Goaltenders LAT 31. MASALSKIS, Edgars
22.42 GK in Latvia 30. NAUMOVS, Sergejs
Gardiens de but CAN 31. LECLAIRE, Pascal

Shots on Goal Team 1 p 2 p 3 p Ttl
Shots on Goal LAT 10 11 9 30
Tirs au but CAN 13 10 14 37

Referee/Arbitre KURMANN Danny (SUI), LARKING Christer (SWE)
Linesmen/Juges des lignes ULRIKSSON Fredrik (SWE), WEHRLI Tobias (SUI)


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André Brin Manager, Communications

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