Canada hangs on late to beat Germany in men’s hockey worlds opener

Pierre-Luc Dubois scored twice and Canada overcame an undisciplined third period in a 5-3 win over Germany on Friday at the world hockey championship.

Cole Sillinger, Kent Johnson and Noah Gregor also scored for defending champion Canada in its opening game of the tournament.

Moritz Seider, the Detroit Red Wings defenceman recently named a finalist for the Calder Trophy as the NHL’s top rookie, had a goal and two assists for Germany.

Marc Michaelis and Matthias Plachta also scored while Ottawa Senators forward Tim Stutzle added two assists.

Canada led 5-1 going into the third but got into penalty trouble early in the period.

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Kent Johnson pulls off rare trifecta as Canada opens world championship with win over Germany

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Kent Johnson scored the eventual game-winner as Canada opened the IIHF world championship with a 5-3 win over Germany in Helsinki. Johnson has now scored in the 2022 world junior hockey championship, the Beijing 2022 Olympics and the 2022 world hockey championship.

Nicolas Roy was called for tripping 32 seconds into the period and Adam Lowry went to the box for cross-checking just 25 seconds later. Plachta cashed in on the resulting 5-on-3 power play.

The Germans narrowed the gap to 5-3 on another two-man advantage. Seider scored 12:35 into the third with Josh Anderson and Morgan Geekie in the penalty box.

Germany pulled goaltender Philipp Grubauer late in the game for the extra attacker, but couldn’t get another goal past Canada goalie Logan Thompson.

Thompson made 18 saves while Grubauer stopped 22 shots for Germany.

Sillinger opened the scoring 8:06 into the first and Dubois made it 2-0 on an unassisted goal when the Germans turned the puck over at their blue line. That allowed the Winnipeg Jets centre to walk in and rifle a shot past Grubauer.

After Michaelis narrowed the lead to 2-1, Dubois restored Canada’s two-goal advantage on a power play. Drake Batherson’s shot went off Roy before bouncing in off Dubois’ ankle.

Johnson put Canada up 4-1 when he scored late in a high-sticking penalty to Stutzle. Gregor made it 5-1 with less than three minutes to go in the second.

Canada next faces Italy on Sunday.

In other action Friday: Finland blanked Norway 5-0; the United States downed Latvia 4-1 and Slovakia doubled France 4-2.

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