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World Juniors 2015 Canada vs Denmark recap: Canada obliterates Denmark to advance to semis

Credit to Denmark can't be overstated for what they've done in this tournament, but Canada was just too fast, too strong, and too talented.

Minas Panagiotakis

Canada came out of the gate with even more jam than they've displayed in most of the games in this tournament, but for some reason they were missing every single shot attempt. It almost looked like the Canadians were moving so fast that their brains couldn't quite catch up to their bodies, and although they were getting chances, nothing was going.

Robby Fabbri went in on the forecheck after a loose puck, but got tangled up and fell awkwardly, bending his knee sideways with all his weight on it, and needed to be helped off the ice. It was the kind of moment where you think about the chances Canada has missed, and a pretty important player now injured, could Canada be courting disaster?


Canada kept pushing, relentlessly, and even when Denmark did generate a chance, Canadiens prospect Zachary Fucale was sharp as a knife and gobbled up every puck.

Eventually, Canada finally broke through, a matter of time goal with McDavid pulling a power move around the back of the Danish net, throwing the puck out front to a waiting Curtis Lazar, who buried it. Minutes later Anthony Duclair sound Sam Reinhart for another goal, and you could feel it was going to be a flood now that the dam had burst.

After a dominant shift from the third line led by Nic Petan, Canada's fourth line generated several chances before Frederik Gauthier prevented a zone clearance by the Danes by swatting the puck deep, right to Lawson Crouse, who pulled a dirty toe drag passed the Danish defenseman and fired the puck past George Sorensen.

Shortly after, Connor McDavid made his presence felt yet again, with a beautiful, highlight reel goal on a partial breakaway, hinting that he would drive the net and go backhand, only to pull up and score on the forehand with Sorensen sliding out of his way.

Canada finished off the period with team Captain Curtis Lazar picking up an excellent long bomb pass from Joe Hicketts for a breakaway goal. Lazar had a slow start to the tournament, but has improved every single game so far.

A gorgeous backhand goal from Nick Paul, and a nice finish from Brayden Point put Canada up 7-0, and from there Canada started to play at half speed. The fourth line got more and more ice time, including powerplay time, with Canada clearly trying to let up. Nevertheless, Nick Ritchie banged in a rebound on the powerplay to make it 8-0 as the time wound down.

Fucale recorded his second shutout of the 2015 World Junior Hockey Championships, bringing his save percentage up to a whopping .981 in three starts, a phenomenal mark. However based on Canada's decisions so far, expect them to start Eric Comrie against Slovakia on Sunday, and go back to Fucale on Monday for the finals.