It was day two at the Spengler Cup, where every player looks like a skating billboard. Not only that, but the fans are incredible there. The atmosphere is like that of a European soccer match, minus the flares.
Canada looked a lot stronger this time around and had little trouble defeating HC Davos 5-0. The Canadian squad got two goals from Byron Ritchie, while John Tavares, Ryan Smyth, and Jason Williams added one each. Tavares’ goal came on a rocket of a one-timer set up by Jason Spezza.
Devan Dubnyk of the Edmonton Oilers, who was starting in place of Jonathan Bernier, recorded the shutout after making 25 stops. What made Dubnyk’s performance even more impressive was that it was the first time he has played a game since last April.
HC Davos, who is the defending tournament champion, had NHLers Patrick Kane and Joe Thornton in their lineup, but neither could solve Dubnyk. Davos’ best opportunity came when Kane burst in on a breakaway in the third period, but Dubnyk was equal to the task.
Davos now takes on Mannheim Friday, and if they are able to pull out a victory then Canada would win their group and get a bye into the semi-finals. However, if Mannheim escapes with a win then the Canadians would have to play a quarter-final game on Saturday.