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World Juniors: Team USA hammers Germany 8-0

Dec 27, 2012, 12:40 PM EDT

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It didn’t take long for Team USA to get going at the World Junior Championships. Just 19 seconds into the game, Sean Kuraly scored to help get the Americans off and running on their way to an 8-0 win over Germany.

Team USA saw all eight goals scored by different players, meanwhile it was Canadiens prospect Alex Galchenyuk earning the game’s MVP honors scoring once and assisting on two others to lead the way. Capitals prospect Riley Barber also had a goal and two helpers for the winning side.

For the USA, it proved to be a nice warm-up act for tomorrow’s big game against Russia. While it would be easy to see the 8-0 score line and assume everything went great, Team USA did have issues with penalties taking seven minors. On two different occasions, Germany had an extended 5-on-3 power play but saw both goalies, John Gibson in the second period and Jon Gillies in the third, stand tall and keep the puck out of the net.

If the penalty issues persist tomorrow, the Russians have enough talent (Nail Yakupov, Mikhail Grigorenko, Alexander Khokhlachev) to make them pay. You can see that game live at 9 a.m. ET on the NHL Network or live-streaming on NHL.com (American fans only, sorry world).

Check out Galchenyuk’s wicked snipe that made it 3-0 in the first period.

(Photo: IIHF Photos)

  1. lordfletcher - Dec 27, 2012 at 2:06 PM

    great game by USA but I wished we played Russia today and then the Germans tomorrow… will be a hard test playing back to back against a much stronger team. Hopefully the D plays tight and Galchenyuk keeps on rolling

  2. travishenryskid - Dec 27, 2012 at 2:12 PM

    Grigorenko vs. Galchenyuk part 1 tomorrow. These two will be compared to each other for their entire careers. Should be a great matchup.

  3. ibieiniid - Dec 27, 2012 at 2:35 PM

    man…. been DVRing these games when they air early in the morning. been having a tough time not seeing who wins before i get the chance to watch. at least this one was easy to predict.

    but these stories should be titled “SPOILER ALERT” so you gotta click it to get the spoiler.

  4. acieu - Dec 27, 2012 at 5:40 PM

    As a Canadian I am of course rooting for my country but if Suban plays goal against the Americans the way he played against the Germans the US will put up 8 goals on him also.

    • bourciertm - Dec 27, 2012 at 7:01 PM

      The Canadian side was strong offensively, but lacked defensively for sure. RNH finished with five points, but was on the ice for all three German goals…ended up only +2. Unless they step up, they will have a hard time against the strong defensive teams in the tourney.

  5. ravenscaps48 - Dec 27, 2012 at 7:02 PM

    Riley Barber is turning into quite a good player. Not too shabby for a 6th Rounder.

  6. blomfeld - Dec 27, 2012 at 9:03 PM

    This German team is a complete and utter disgrace ! :(

    • ravenscaps48 - Dec 28, 2012 at 12:15 AM

      Seeing you upset makes me happy

      • ibieiniid - Dec 28, 2012 at 8:45 AM

        funniest comment i’ve seen in a long time lmao

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