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France beat Canada today

May 9, 2014, 12:34 PM EDT

Belarus Hockey Worlds AP

Which is pretty crazy, because exactly a year ago the headline on PHT read, “France beat Russia today.”


France defeated Canada 3-2 in a shootout in the Group A opener of the world championship on Friday.

Pierre-Edouard Bellemare scored the lone shootout goal, while Stephane Da Costa scored twice in regulation for France.

With the win, France improves to 2-8 against Canada in world championship play. Their previous win came in 1995.

Canada got goals from Brayden Schenn and Erik Gudbranson, but that’s all the Olympic champs (minus all their Olympic players, of course) could manage in 36 shots against former NHL goalie Cristobal Huet.

France finished 13th at last year’s world championships. Its best ever finish in the tournament was sixth…in 1930.

Canada hasn’t won the world championships since 2007.

  1. morttinen - May 9, 2014 at 12:44 PM

    Oh boy, what a game! Way to go France! I don’t want to rain on France’s parade by talking about the lack of star players on Team Canada so I’m just going to rejoice about this huge upset! Hope the roosters go far in the WC.

    Vive la France!

  2. patthehockeyfan - May 9, 2014 at 12:55 PM


  3. zdravit - May 9, 2014 at 1:08 PM

    Yawn. Let us know when France invades Canada. They need an attitude adjustment.

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - May 9, 2014 at 2:01 PM

      Perhaps they can send these guys…..

  4. imleftcoast - May 9, 2014 at 1:56 PM

    mon dieu

  5. avscup - May 9, 2014 at 1:58 PM

    Pigs do fly over the moon!

  6. yetidad - May 9, 2014 at 4:39 PM


  7. jimeejohnson - May 9, 2014 at 4:47 PM

    Canada’s best are kind of busy right now.

  8. jkaflagg - May 9, 2014 at 4:59 PM

    When I saw this headline, my first thought was “Cristobal Huet must not have retired yet”…..

    Sho ’nuff….

  9. wildfan247 - May 9, 2014 at 5:12 PM

    Ha-Ha… Wei-Wei…

  10. rsl22 - May 9, 2014 at 6:34 PM

    For all the talk about Canada’s best not playing, their B squad should still beat France any day of the week. Way to go Frenchies.

  11. michael91148 - May 9, 2014 at 6:39 PM

    Must have been a lot of Leafs on the team 😦

    • beergold - May 10, 2014 at 2:10 PM

      Most of the Leafs are pulling their putters in Florida!

  12. lovac2 - May 9, 2014 at 10:14 PM

    Hope this means Canada is getting relegated to the next division.

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