McDavid makes hockey look fun, Canada make hockey look easy. And that’s exactly what happened at the ACC on January 2nd vs. Denmark. I feel bad for them…Kind of.
McDavid had a goal and two assists and captain Curtis Lazar scored twice as Canada blew out Denmark 8-0 Friday night at Air Canada Centre in the quarter-finals of the world junior championship. They basically destroyed them, it was a show of force from the undefeated Canadians, who advance to play Slovakia in the semi-final Sunday.
“It was too much for us to face in Canada with their speed and physicality,” Danish coach Olaf Eller said. “We faced an amazing team, which, with their speed and extremely quick transition game, killed us.”
Curtis Lazar and Connor McDavid combined for six points and Zach Fucale recorded his second shutout of the tournament as Canada eased into World Junior Hockey Championship’s knockout phase.
Lazar, his right-winger, said sometimes he gets wowed by McDavid and has to catch himself. Teammates on the bench get to enjoy more of the 17-year-old’s play.
“We’re all star truck just like the fans,” winger Anthony Duclair said. “He’s a great player and he’s got unbelievable skill.”
Mark my words when I say that McDavid will be the number draft pick. McDavid now has two goals and seven assists through five games at the world juniors.
“He’s been our best player the whole tournament,” winger Max Domi said. “Sometimes the puck goes in for him, sometimes it doesn’t. Tonight it went in.
In addition to McDavid and Lazar, Canada got goals from Sam Reinhart, Lawson Crouse, Nick Paul, Brayden Point and Nick Ritchie.
On the side note, Robby Fabbri – my favourite player in this tournament – will take the rest of the games from the press box after suffering a high ankle sprain in the match.
While tumbling to the ice after finishing a check, Fabbri’s right leg was caught underneath twisting.
The Guelph Storm forward will miss multiple weeks of action in addition to the remainder of the tournament. Excuse me while I go cry in a corner for a minute.
In a true act of class, Team Canada players stood back after the final horn sounded in order to allow members of Team Denmark to own the stage and salute the fans of the Air Canada Centre.
Denmark could very well be considered the Cinderella story of the tournament and quickly gained the support of the Toronto crowd, which was quite vocal during the team’s shootout victory over Switzerland early in the tournament.
“I heard them cheering,” Sorensen said. I wanted to thank them for the support through the whole tournament.”
“To all of Canada, we say thank you,” Denmark coach Olaf Eller add.