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Canada 8 – Germany 2 : Match Report

Canada's JAROME IGINLA (12) scores his second and Canada's fourth goal against Germany goaltender THOMAS GREISS almost nine minutes into the second period as German forward SVEN FELSKI (11) and Canadian defenseman DREW DOUGHTY (8) fight in front at the 2010 Winter Olympics. Host nation Canada hammered Germany on home ice 8-2 and advances to face historical rival Russia in the quarterfinal round. Iginla scored a hat trick in Canada's 8-0 opening-game victory over Norway in Vancouver. (Hans Deryk/Reuters)

Canada's JAROME IGINLA (12) scores his second and Canada's fourth goal against Germany goaltender THOMAS GREISS almost nine minutes into the second period as German forward SVEN FELSKI (11) and Canadian defenseman DREW DOUGHTY (8) fight in front at the 2010 Winter Olympics. Host nation Canada hammered Germany on home ice 8-2 and advances to face historical rival Russia in the quarterfinal round. Iginla scored a hat trick in Canada's 8-0 opening-game victory over Norway in Vancouver. (Hans Deryk/Reuters)

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GERMANY were always going to need good goaltending in their quarterfinal qualification match with CANADA at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver but that certainly did not materialize by the end of the evening in the Canadian western province of British Columbia.

The Germans were able to hang with the Canada for about a period, but not much more.

Two second period goals from Calgary Flame JAROME IGINLA, who notched a hat trick versus Norway on opening day, opened the floodgates as the Canadians lit the lamp three times in the first eight minutes of the middle period; four goals poured in for Canada over the final twenty minutes. Aside from Iginla, six other players registered a goal for Canada while ERIC STAAL of the Carolina Hurricanes contributed three assists in the match.

Meanwhile, another performance featuring a lot of something left to be desired from Germany’s starting goaltender, THOMAS GREISS of the San Jose Sharks.

MARCEL GOC of the Nashville Predators and MANUEL KLINGE of EC Kassel, with just one minute remaining, scored goals to salvage a measure of German pride.

And so the Germans close out a terribly disappointing showing with the heavy loss to host nation Canada at the 2010 Vancouver Games. Another Olympics of underachievement, as matters have it. The Germans have now gone twelve consecutive matches (ten losses, two ties) without a victory in ice hockey at the Winter Olympics dating back to the Salt Lake City Games of 2002.

Not a whole lot of momentum gathered this February in North America as the German national team heads for the annual International Ice Hockey Federation World Championships this spring — which will be held in Germany.

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CANADA 8 – GERMANY 2

Shots-on-goal :  Canada 39 – Germany 23

CAN goals: Iginla 2, Thornton, Weber, Crosby, Richards, Niedermayer, Nash

GER goals: Goc, Klinge

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Canada defenseman CHRIS PRONGER (20) skates off after hitting Germany forward KAI HOSPELT (18) as Canadian goaltender ROBERTO LUONGO (1) looks on at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver. (Matt Slocum/AP photo)

Canada defenseman CHRIS PRONGER (20) skates off after hitting Germany forward KAI HOSPELT (18) as Canadian goaltender ROBERTO LUONGO (1) looks on at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver. (Matt Slocum/AP photo)

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Canada defenseman CHRIS PRONGER (20) of the Philadelphia Flyers is pressed up against the glass by German forward JOHN TRIPP (21) of the Hamburg Freezers. Tripp, a native Canadian and former 2nd round draft pick of the Calgary Flames, played 43 NHL games (2 go 7 as, 9 pts) for the New York Rangers and Los Angeles Kings. Tripp played seven seasons of professional hockey at four different levels in North America before heading to play in the German elite league to start the 2004-05 campaign. (Hans Deryk/Reuters)

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With the black disc down in his skates, Canada’s BRENDEN MORROW (10) of the Dallas Stars hits Germany’s JOCHEN HECHT (17) of the Buffalo Sabres at the Canadian bench in Vancouver. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

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Canada’s BRENDEN MORROW (10) mashes Germany’s MANUEL KLINGE against the boards during the host nation’s demolition of Deutschland at the 2010 Winter Olympics. (Jean Levac/CNS) 

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Canada’s ERIC STAAL (21) collides with Germany’s Czechoslovak-born defenseman, JAKUB FICENCEC (38). Staal collected three assists in Canada’s 8-2 rout of Germany in Vancouver. (Shaun Best/Reuters) 

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Vancouver Olympics Ice Hockey

Canadian superstar SIDNEY CROSBY (87) of the Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penquins checks German defenseman MICHAEL BAKOS (22) of ERC Ingolstadt at the Winter Games in Vancouver. (Matt Slocum/AP)

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Canadian forward JAROME IGINLA (12) of the Calgary Flames squashes German defenseman ALEXANDER SULZER (52) of the Nashville Predators at the boards in Vancouver. Iginla helped break the game open with a pair of goals inside five minutes apart early in the second period to give Canada a commanding 4-1 lead. (Jean Levac/CNS) 

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Germany Need Viennese Luck Versus Canada In Vancouver

German defenseman CHRISTIAN EHRHOFF, then a San Jose Shark, is congratulated by CHRISTOPH SCHUBERT (13) and DANIEL KREUTZER (26) as captain STEFAN USTDORF (16) skates over at the 2006 Winter Olympic Games in Turin, Italy. Ehrhoff has just scored to cut the Canadian lead to 3-1 in the second period. Canada will eventually defeat Germany 5-1 in the Group B round-robin match. (Robert Laberge/Getty Images)

German defenseman CHRISTIAN EHRHOFF, then a San Jose Shark, is congratulated by CHRISTOPH SCHUBERT (13) and DANIEL KREUTZER (26) as captain STEFAN USTDORF (16) skates over at the 2006 Winter Olympic Games in Turin, Italy. Ehrhoff has just scored to cut the Canadian lead to 3-1 in the second period. Canada will eventually defeat Germany 5-1 in the Group B round-robin match. (Robert Laberge/Getty Images)

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GERMANY stretched CANADA to a penalty-shot shootout at the 1992 Winter Olympic Games in Albertville, France. ERIC LINDROS scored what was the winning goal for Canada after Germany’s PETER DRAISAITL had his puck shot through the pads of Canadian goalie SEAN BURKE die on the goalline. And that has been as close as Germany has ever gotten to defeating Canada at the Winter Olympic Games.

Germany, under the direction of former National Hockey League defenseman and Stanley Cup champion UWE KRUPP, are drawn to play host nation Canada for the right to advance to the quarterfinal stage of the 2010 Winter Olympic ice hockey tournament in Vancouver.

History is not on the side of the Germans against the Canadians at the Olympic Games :

CANADA — versus — GERMANY — (West Germany included)

  • 1932 —    4-1 — Canada — Lake Placid
  • 1932 —    5-0 — Canada — Lake Placid
  • 1936 —    6-2 — Canada — Garmisch-Partenkirchen 
  • 1952 —  15-1 — Canada — Oslo  
  • 1956 —    4-0 — Canada — Cortina d’Ampezzo
  • 1956 —  10-0 — Canada — Cortina d’Ampezzo 
  • 1960 —  12-0 — Canada — Squaw Valley
  • 1964 —    4-2 — Canada — Innsbruck
  • 1968 —    6-1 — Canada — Grenoble 
  • 1988 —    8-1 — Canada — Calgary
  • 1992 —    4-3 — Canada — Albertville
  • 2002 —    3-2 — Canada — Salt Lake City
  • 2006 —    5-1 — Canada — Turin

Critical to the Germans’ chances in the qualification contest versus Canada will be their choice of goaltender. THOMAS GREISS of the San Jose Sharks played well against Sweden in Germany’s opening game in Vancouver but faltered badly in their last match with Belarus. Former San Jose Shark farmhand DIMITRI PAETZOLD was shaky in his only start at the Olympics opposite Finland.

(West) Germany’s greatest success against Canada to date came at the 1987 IIHF World Championships in Vienna — West Germany managed to defeat the NHL-stocked Canadian squad 5-3 in the Austrian capital that year.

So, where have you gone KARL FRIESEN?

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CANADA have apparently announced Vancouver Canucks goaltender ROBERTO LUONGO will start in the playoff match versus Germany at the 2010 Winter Games in the western Canadian city of Vancouver.

Luongo started his nation’s first match at this year’s Olympics on home soil, Canada’s 8-0 shutout of Norway.

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Belarus 5 – Germany 3 : Match Report

Belarus forward ALEXEI UGAROV (18) beats German goaltender THOMAS GREISS (1) on the backhand after a fine defensive play and solo rush. Unable to do anything about Ugarov is German defenseman CHRISTOPHER SCHMIDT (7). (Matthew Manor/HHOF-IIHF Images)

Belarus forward ALEXEI UGAROV (18) beats German goaltender THOMAS GREISS (1) on the backhand after a fine defensive play and solo rush. Unable to do anything about Ugarov is German defenseman CHRISTOPHER SCHMIDT (7). (Matthew Manor/HHOF-IIHF Images)

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BELARUS took full advantage of its limted opportunities versus GERMANY in the final Group C round-robin match for both sides from which both national teams desperately needed points for the overall Olympic standings.

Germany finally scored a goal after more than 125 minutes of play at this year’s 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver. Florida Panthers defenseman DENNIS SEIDENBERG finished off a quick passing play involving Boston Bruin MARCO STURM and Nashville Predator MARCEL GOC on the power play early in the contest with Belarus for an early 1-0 German lead.

But it was Belarus forward ALEXEI UGAROV of Russian club HK MVD Balashikha who showed killer instinct after blocking the shot of German defenseman MICHAEL BAKOS at the point. Ugarov collected the puck and raced the length of the ice to confront and conquer German goaltender THOMAS GREISS of the San Jose Sharks on the backhand to tie the game a little past halfway through the first period.  

Germany would hold a 14-5 edge for shots on goal in the second stanza, nevertheless, it was forward ALEXEI KALUZHNY, Belarus’ all-time leading scorer at major international tournaments heading into Vancouver (57 ga, 10 go 20 as, 30 pts), who tallied against the run of play with a fine individual effort on the rush into the German zone at 8:36 for the period’s only score.

Montreal Canadiens forward SERGEI KOSTITSYN, who was involved in four of five Belarus goals on the night, doubled the margin on the scoreboard with roughly nine minutes remaining in the game. The 22-year-old, whose older brother Andrei was put out action with a knee injury on the eve of the Olympics, beat Greiss with a laser wrist shot from the slot following another quick counterattack from the Belarussians.

The Germans, however, did attempt to stage a late Saturday night comeback (which, by this time, was actually very early Sunday morning for the blog author here) in a match that saw coach UWE KRUPP’s charges manage 40 shots on the Belarus goal.

Former National Hockey Leaguer JOHN TRIPP, a native Canadian, whacked a loose puck in the slot past Belarus goalie VITALI KOVAL of Dynamo Minsk to breathe new life into Germany; current NHLer Goc lifted the Germans into a 3-3 tie with a puck over Koval’s shoulder on the rebound after his wrap-around attempt with a little less than eight minutes to play.

But Greiss, it must be said, did not give Germany the quality goaltending on the night that it had received from him in the match against Sweden.

Veteran Colorado Avalanche defenseman RUSLAN SALEI, competing at his third Winter Olympic Games, blew a shot from the point past Greiss on the power play five and half minutes from time. 

And Kalyuzhny, the 32-year-old forward from Russian club Dynamo Moscow, killed any last German hope with a wrist shot from the top of the left circle, again on the counterattack, with just 1:15 left.

For Belarus, considering the absence of Toronto Maple Leaf MIKHAIL GRABOVSKI and Montreal Canadien ANDREI KOSTITSYN, not to mention the lopsided shots-on-goal total, it was, by all means, a spectactular result.

For Germany it was a disappointment and as well as a wasted opportunity.

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BELARUS 5 – GERMANY 3

Shots-on-goal :  Germany 40 – Belarus 17

LR goals :  Kalyuzhny 2, Ugarov, S. Kostitsyn, Salei

GER goals :  Seidenberg, Tripp, Goc

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German forward ANDRE RANKEL (24) of Eisbaeren Berlin rams Belarussian defenseman ANDREI KAREV (33) of Dynamo Minsk at the Winter Olympics in Vancouver. (AP photo)

German forward ANDRE RANKEL (24) of Eisbaeren Berlin rams Belarussian defenseman ANDREI KAREV (33) of Dynamo Minsk at the Winter Olympics in Vancouver. (AP photo)

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The Belarssian defender Karev has his revenge and crunches Germany’s MARCEL MUELLER of EC Koeln along the boards in Vancouver. (Reuters photo)

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Germany’s MICHAEL WOLF (16) of ECD Iserlohn has his forward progress obstructed by Belarussian defensman ALEXANDER MAKRITSKY of Dynamo Minsk. (Reuters photo)

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The game's first two goal-scorers, Germany's DENNIS SEIDENBERG (84) and ALEXEI UGAROV (18) of Belarus, meet in front of German goaltender THOMAS GREISS (1) in Vancouver. (Cris Bouroncle/AFP/Getty Images)

The game's first two goal-scorers, Germany's DENNIS SEIDENBERG (84) and ALEXEI UGAROV (18) of Belarus, meet in front of German goaltender THOMAS GREISS (1) in Vancouver. (Cris Bouroncle/AFP/Getty Images)

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Defenseman DENNIS SEIDENBERG (84) celebrates the game's first goal and Germany's first goal of the 2010 Winter Olympic Games with MARCEL GOC (57) and JOCHEN HECHT (17) in Vancouver. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Defenseman DENNIS SEIDENBERG (84) celebrates the game's first goal and Germany's first goal of the 2010 Winter Olympic Games with MARCEL GOC (57) and JOCHEN HECHT (17) in Vancouver. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

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Belarus forward ALEXEI UGAROV (18), after a fine solo rush, goes to the backhand to beat THOMAS GREISS (1) in the German goal to tie the game in the first period. (AP photo)

Belarus forward ALEXEI UGAROV (18), after a fine solo rush, goes to the backhand to beat THOMAS GREISS (1) in the German goal to tie the game in the first period. (AP photo)

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ALEXEI UGAROV trips triumphantly after tying the score for Belarus in the opening period against Germany. (AP photo)

ALEXEI UGAROV trips triumphantly after tying the score for Belarus in the opening period against Germany. (AP photo)

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Finland 5 – Germany 0 : Match Report

TEEMU SELANNE (8) achieves an Olympic milestone with an assist on the second goal by defenseman KIMMO TIMONEN (44). Two power play goals from Timonen helped Finland take down Germany 5-0 at the Winter Olympics in Vancouver. (Jukka Rautio/HHOF-IIHF Images)

TEEMU SELANNE (8) achieves an Olympic milestone with an assist on the second goal by defenseman KIMMO TIMONEN (44). Two power play goals from Timonen helped Finland take down Germany 5-0 at the Winter Olympics in Vancouver. (Jukka Rautio/HHOF-IIHF Images)

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FINLAND used its power play to full advantage and skated away from GERMANY for a 5-0 shutout victory in Group C at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, Canada.

Finland scored four goals (three by defensemen) with its first five power play opportunities, the first coming with less than four and a half minutes played to start the match. Rearguard JANNE NISKALA of Swedish club HC Vastra Frolunda Goteborg blasted a shot through the pads of German goaltender DIMITRI PAETZOLD which was tapped in by Carolina Hurricane forward TUOMO RUUTU to give Finland a key, early 1-0 lead.

The Germans stayed with Finland for the first period, but, four minutes into the second stanza, Philadelphia Flyers defenseman KIMMO TIMONEN snuck in front from the left point to finish off New York Ranger OLLI JOKINEN’s centering pass. With less than four minutes remaining in the middle period, again on the power play, Timonen wristed a shot from the left point past Paetzold, who was screened perfectly by Jokinen. Assisting on the play was TEEMU SELANNE, who has now totaled 20 goals and 37 points for Finland in 27 Olympic ice hockey contests.

Paetzold, the ERC Ingolstadt netminder and one-time San Jose Sharks farmhand, was not anywhere near as strong for Germany in their second game as current San Jose Sharks deputy goaltender THOMAS GREISS had been against Sweden in the team’s Olympic opener.

Finland’s JARKKO RUUTU of the Ottawa Senators, a one-time Vancouver Canuck, scored his second goal of the 2010 Vancouver Games seven minutes into the final period. Ruutu fired home the rebound after Finland’s all-time scoring leader at major international tournaments, VILLE PELTONEN of Dynamo Minsk, had been stopped in front on the backhand by Paetzold after a fine set-up from NIKO KAPANEN of Ak Bars Kazan.

Former Philadelphia Flyers defenseman JONI PITKANEN, now skating for the Carolina Hurricanes in the NHL, tacked on a final power play goal two minutes later for Finland in a match in which coach JUKKA JALONEN’s side controlled throughout.

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FINLAND 5 – GERMANY 0

Shots-on-goal :  Finland 35 – Germany 24

FIN goals :  Timonen 2, T. Ruutu, J. Ruutu, Pitkanen

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Finnish defenseman SAMI LEPISTO (18) of the Phoenix Coyotes dumps former National Hockey Leaguer JOHN TRIPP (21) of Germany in Vancouver at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games. (Reuters photo)

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Finland forward TUOMO RUUTU (15) is tracked by German defenseman CHRISTIAN EHRHOFF (10) of the Olympic host city’s NHL team, the Vancouver Canucks, at the 2010 Winter Games. (AP photo)

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German defender CHRISTIAN EHRHOFF (10) cannot prevent Finnish forward TUOMO RUUTU (15) from pushing the puck past prone German goalie DIMITRI PAETZOLD (32) to give Finland the first goal of the game at the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver. (Jukka Rautio/HHOF-IIHF Images)

German defender CHRISTIAN EHRHOFF (10) cannot prevent Finnish forward TUOMO RUUTU (15) from pushing the puck past prone German goalie DIMITRI PAETZOLD (32) to give Finland the first goal of the game at the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver. (Jukka Rautio/HHOF-IIHF Images)

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Paetzold stretches in vain to stop Ruutu. (Julie Jacobson/AP)

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KIMMO TIMONEN (44) is greeted by TEEMU SELANNE after the first of the Philadelphia Flyers defenseman's two goals on the power play for Finland. German forward T. J. MURLOCK (15) and defenseman CHRISTOPHER SCHMIDT grimace. (Julie Jacobson/AP)

KIMMO TIMONEN (44) is greeted by TEEMU SELANNE after the first of the Philadelphia Flyers defenseman's two goals on the power play for Finland. German forward T. J. MURLOCK (15) and defenseman CHRISTOPHER SCHMIDT grimace. (Julie Jacobson/AP)

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Finland goalie NIKLAS BACKSTROM of the Minnesota Wild makes a glove save admist the gaze of German forward THOMAS GREILINGER (39) of the Hamburg Freezers at the 2010 Vancouver Games. (Reuters photo)

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Late in the first period, Backstrom blocks the bid of German forward MANUEL KLINGE (9) of EC Kassel for what is, perhaps, the Finnish goaltender’s best save of the game. (Reuters photo)

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Sweden 2 – Germany 0 – Match Report

German defenseman SVEN BUTENSCHON (6) uses his body to shield Swedish goal-scorer LOUI ERIKSSON (91) at the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver, Canada. Butenschon, a veteran of 140 National Hockey League games, last played in the NHL for the Vancouver Canucks four years ago. Eriksson scored the second goal in Sweden's 2-0 defeat of Germany in Group C at the Olympics. (Jukka Rautio/HHOF-IIHF Images)

German defenseman SVEN BUTENSCHON (6) uses his body to shield Swedish goal-scorer LOUI ERIKSSON (91) at the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver, Canada. Butenschon, a veteran of 140 National Hockey League games, last played in the NHL for the Vancouver Canucks four years ago. Eriksson scored the second goal in Sweden's 2-0 defeat of Germany in Group C at the Olympics. (Jukka Rautio/HHOF-IIHF Images)

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Had German defenseman CHRISTIAN EHRHOFF’s power play shot not caught iron early in the second period, the story just may have been different.

“I wish we had scored first, then maybe we would have had a different result,” Ehrhoff, who plays his professional hockey for the Vancouver Canucks in the NHL, stated after the match.

Shortly thereafter, four and a half minutes into the second period, former Vancouver Canucks defenseman MATTIAS OHLUND did score for Sweden on the power play for the defending Olympic gold medalist from the 2006 Turin Games. Ohlund, the all-time scoring leader for defensemen in Canucks history, appeared to benefit from an effective screen of German goaltender THOMAS GREISS of the San Jose Sharks set by the Vancouver Canucks’ DANIEL SEDIN.

Sweden added a second goal following a giveaway in the corner at the German end. Washington Capitals center NICKLAS BACKSTROM grabbed the puck and set up the Dallas Stars’ LOUI ERIKSSON in front.

Germany, who outshot the Swedes in the first period and hit both a post and a crossbar in the match, again outdid the Swedes with 11 shots in the final twenty minutes but were unable to solve Swedish goaltender HENRIK LUNDQVIST of the New York Rangers.

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Shots-on-goal :  Sweden 25 – Germany 21

SWE goals :  Ohlund, Eriksson

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New York Rangers goaltender HENRIK LUNDQVIST steers aside one of 21 shots during Sweden’s 2-0 shutout victory over Germany. (Jukka Rautio/HHOF-IIHF Images)

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Vancouver Canuck DANIEL SEDIN (22) of Sweden celebrates as German goaltender THOMAS GREISS looks to the referee for a call after MATTIAS OHLUND’s opening goal on a screened shot.

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Two-time Olympic gold medalist PETER FORSBERG (21), participating at his fourth Winter Games for Sweden, is marked by Germany's KAI HOSPELT (18) in Vancouver. (Jukka Rautio/HHOF-IIHF Images)

Two-time Olympic gold medalist PETER FORSBERG (21), participating at his fourth Winter Games for Sweden, is marked by Germany's KAI HOSPELT (18) in Vancouver. (Jukka Rautio/HHOF-IIHF Images)

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PETER FORSBERG (21) snaps off a shot for Sweden as German defender ALEXANDER SULZER (52) of the Nashville Predators tries to intercede. It was Sulzer's giveaway in his own defensive corner that directly led to Sweden's second goal in Germany's 2-0 loss at the 2010 Vancouver Games. (Jukka Rautio/HHOF-IIHF Images)

PETER FORSBERG (21) snaps off a shot for Sweden as German defender ALEXANDER SULZER (52) of the Nashville Predators tries to intercede. It was Sulzer's giveaway in his own defensive corner that directly led to Sweden's second goal in Germany's 2-0 loss at the 2010 Vancouver Games. (Jukka Rautio/HHOF-IIHF Images)

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Sweden's LOUI ERIKSSON (91) shoots past German goaltender THOMAS GREISS (1) of the San Jose Sharks for the second Swedish goal. (Matt Slocum/AP)

Sweden's LOUI ERIKSSON (91) shoots past German goaltender THOMAS GREISS (1) of the San Jose Sharks for the second Swedish goal. (Matt Slocum/AP)

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Germany – Final Olympic Roster

Vancouver Canucks defenseman CHRISTIAN EHRHOFF, playing the 2010 Winter Olympic tournament in his "home" city, is a pivotal player for the national team of Germany.

Vancouver Canucks defenseman CHRISTIAN EHRHOFF, playing the 2010 Winter Olympic tournament in his "home" city, is a pivotal player for the national team of Germany.

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GERMANY — final roster for 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics

Coach — Uwe KRUPP ——— Asst — Ernst Hoefner

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 Goaltender

  • #   1 — Thomas GREISS — SAN JOSE
  • # 32 — Dimitri PAETZOLD — ERC Ingolstadt
  • # 44 — Dennis ENDRAS — EV Augsburg

Defensemen

  • #   5 — Korbinian HOLZER — EG Dusseldorf
  • #   6 — Sven BUTENSCHON — ERC Mannheim
  • #   7 — Christopher SCHMIDT — ERC Mannheim
  • # 10 — Christian EHRHOFF — VANCOUVER
  • # 22 — Michael BAKOS — ERC Ingolstadt
  • # 38 — Jakub FICENEC — ERC Ingolstadt
  • # 52 — Alexander SULZER — NASHVILLE
  • # 84 — Dennis SEIDENBERG — FLORIDA

Forwards

  • #   9 — Manuel KLINGE — EC Kassel
  • # 11 — Sven FELSKI — Eisbaeren Berlin
  • # 15 — T. J. MULOCK — Eisbaeren Berlin
  • # 16 — Michael WOLF — ECD Iserlohn
  • # 17 — Jochen HECHT — BUFFALO
  • # 18 — Kai HOSPELT — EHC Wolfsburg
  • # 19 — Marco STURM — BOSTON
  • # 21 — John TRIPP — EHC Hamburg
  • # 24 — Andre RANKEL — Eisbaeren Berlin
  • # 25 — Marcel MUELLER — EC Koeln
  • # 39 — Thomas GREILINGER — ERC Ingolstadt
  • # 57 — Marcel GOC — NASHVILLE

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One former National Hockey League defenseman is exchanged for another as JASON HOLLAND makes way on the German Olympic squad for SVEN BUTENSCHON, a 33-year-old who played the last eight of his 140 career NHL games for the Vancouver Canucks during the 2005-06 season.

German national team coach UWE KRUPP had come under fire in some quarters for the omission of veteran Buffalo Sabres forward JOCHEN HECHT from the Olympic squad named in late December. 

Hecht and 24-year-old KAI HOSPELT of EHC Wolfsburg, a former 7th round draft choice (2003, # 216) of the San Jose Sharks, are late additions in attack for Germany.

ALEXANDER BARTA of EHC Hamburg and Buffalo Sabres farmhand PHILIPP GOGULLA, who has had a bit of a disappointing rookie season in the American Hockey League for the Portland Pirates, are the unfortunate forwards giving way.

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Germany vs Sweden – Match History

Germany Ice Hockey Olympic Qualification Final

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Match history at major international events :

GERMANY — versus — SWEDEN

(including West Germany’s record, 1952-1990)

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First meeting — 78 years ago — 1932 in Berlin, Germany

Overall record — Sweden 40 — (West) Germany 2 — tied 3

Winter Olympics record — Sweden 9 — (West) Germany 0 — tied 2

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  • 1932 — EC – Berlin ————————— 0-1 – Sweden
  • 1952 — OG – Oslo —————————- 7-3 – Sweden
  • 1953 — WC – Zuerich ———————— 8-6 – Sweden
  • 1953 — WC – Zuerich ———————– 12-2 – Sweden
  • 1954 — WC – Stockholm ——————— 4-0 – Sweden
  • 1955 — WC – Krefeld ————————- 5-4 – Sweden
  • 1956 — OG – Cortina d’Ampezzo ———- 1-1 – tie
  • 1959 — WC – Ostrava ———————— 6-1 – Sweden
  • 1960 — OG – Squaw Valley —————– 8-2 – Sweden
  • 1961 — WC – Lausanne ——————- 12-1 – Sweden
  • 1962 — WC – Denver ————————- 4-0 – Sweden
  • 1963 — WC – Stockholm ——————- 10-2 – Sweden
  • 1964 — OG – Innsbruck ——————– 10-2 – Sweden
  • 1967 — WC – Ljubljana ———————- 3-1 – Sweden
  • 1968 — OG – Grenoble ———————- 5-4 – Sweden
  • 1971 — WC – Bern —————————- 7-2 – Sweden
  • 1971 — WC – Bern —————————- 2-1 – West Germany
  • 1972 — WC – Prague ———————– 10-0 – Sweden
  • 1972 — WC – Prague ————————- 7-1 – Sweden
  • 1973 — WC – Moscow ———————— 8-2 – Sweden
  • 1973 — WC – Moscow ———————- 12-1 – Sweden
  • 1976 — WC – Katowice ———————- 4-1 – Sweden
  • 1977 — WC – Vienna ————————- 7-1 – Sweden
  • 1978 — WC – Prague ————————- 6-2 – Sweden
  • 1979 — WC – Moscow ———————— 7-3 – Sweden
  • 1980 — OG – Lake Placid ——————- 5-2 – Sweden
  • 1981 — WC – Stockholm ——————– 4-2 – Sweden
  • 1982 — WC – Helsinki ———————— 3-1 – Sweden
  • 1983 — WC – Munich ———————— 5-1 – Sweden
  • 1984 — OG – Sarajevo ———————- 1-1 – tie
  • 1985 — WC – Prague ———————— 3-2 – Sweden
  • 1985 — WC – Prague ———————— 5-2 – Sweden
  • 1986 — WC – Moscow ———————– 4-2 – Sweden
  • 1987 — WC – Vienna ———————— 3-0 – Sweden
  • 1988 — OG – Calgary ———————– 3-2 – Sweden
  • 1989 — WC – Stockholm ——————- 3-3 – tie
  • 1990 — WC – Bern ————————— 6-0 – Sweden
  • 1991 — WC – Helsinki ———————– 8-1 – Sweden
  • 1992 — OG – Albertville ——————– 3-1 – Sweden
  • 1992 — OG – Albertville ——————– 4-3 – Sweden
  • 1992 — WC – Prague ———————– 5-2 – Germany
  • 1994 — OG – Lillehammer —————– 3-0 – Sweden
  • 1996 — WCH – Stockholm —————– 6-1 – Sweden
  • 2002 — WC – Stockholm ——————- 6-2 – Sweden
  • 2004 — WCH – Stockholm —————– 5-2 – Sweden

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SWEDEN also met EAST GERMANY on sixteen occasions at major international tournaments between 1957 and 1985; the Swedes won fifteen of those matches against but a single victory for the Deutsche Demokratische Republik.

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Germany : The Tradition Continues

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UWE KRUPP, the coach of the German national team, did not start the tradition. The Stanley Cup winner has merely continued such. And so, once again, native sons of Canada from places such as Beaver Lodge with National Hockey League experience will don the sweater for Deutschland at the Winter Olympic Games in 2010.

Two defensemen, JASON HOLLAND and CHRIS SCHMIDT, as well as forward JOHN TRIPP were all picked for the proceedings to be conducted in Vancouver next month. All three have represented Germany at the IIHF World Championships before but have never competed at the Olympics previously. Schmidt skated all six games for Germany at the World Championships in Switzerland last spring; Holland and Tripp have been recalled after appearing in Canada at the 2008 edition.

Holland is the most experienced ex-NHLer having played 81 games (4 go 5 as, 9 pts, 36 pim) for the New York Islanders, Buffalo Sabres and Los Angeles Kings. The Islanders’ 1994 second round pick (# 38 overall) spent the rest of his North American career with the Kentucky Thoroughblades, Rochester Americans and Manchester Monarchs in the American Hockey League (507 ga, 49 go 97 as, 146 pts, 346 pim). The 33-year-old rearguard has been with German club ERC Ingolstadt since the fall of 2005.

Tripp is by far the most well-traveled of the trio, having played for 11 clubs in four different leagues during his seven seasons in the North American professional game. The one-time Colorado Avalanche 3rd round draft choice (’95, # 77 overall) did total 43 games for the New York Rangers and Los Angeles Kings in the NHL. The 32-year-old has been plying his trade in the German elite league since joining ERC Mannheim in the fall of 2004 and has appeared twice for Germany at the World Championships (12 ga, 1 go 3 as, 4 pts).

Schmidt is a former fifth round selection of the Los Angeles Kings (’94, # 111 overall) who played 10 NHL games for that club in his nine years in North America. The 33-year-old skated 452 games (72 go 102 as, 174 pts) in the American Hockey League for the Fredericton Canadiens, Lowell Lock Monsters and Manchester Monarchs over eight seasons. The center-turned-defenseman signed for EG Dusseldorf in the fall of 2005 and has appeared twice for Germany at the World Championships (12 ga, 2 go 4 as, 6 pts) also.

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GERMANY : Olympic Roster Released

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GERMANY national team — 2010 Winter Olympic Games, Vancouver

Coach — Uwe KRUPP

Goaltenders

  • 3 app – 11 ga — 26 – Dimitri PAETZOLD — ERC Ingolstadt
  • 1 app — 1 ga — 23 – Thomas GREISS — SAN JOSE
  • 0 app — 0 ga — 24 – Dennis ENDRAS — EV Augsburg

Defensemen

  • 6 app – 36 ga — 28 – Dennis SEIDENBERG — FLORIDA
  • 6 app – 36 ga — 27 – Christian EHRHOFF — VANCOUVER
  • 4 app – 22 ga — 30 – Michael BAKOS — ERC Ingolstadt
  • 4 app – 19 ga — 25 – Alexander SULZER — NASHVILLE
  • 2 app – 12 ga — 33 – Chris SCHMIDT — ERC Mannheim
  • 1 app — 2 ga — 33 – Jason HOLLAND — EG Dusseldorf
  • 0 app — 0 ga — 21 – Korbinian HOLZER — EG Dusseldorf
  • 0 app — 0 ga — 32 – Jakub FICENEC — ERC Ingolstadt

Forwards

  • 8 app – 42 ga — 35 – Sven FELSKI — Eisbaeren Berlin
  • 6 app – 32 ga — 31 – Marco STURM — BOSTON
  • 6 app – 31 ga — 26 – Marcel GOC — NASHVILLE
  • 4 app – 23 ga — 26 – Alexander BARTA — EHC Hamburg
  • 3 app – 18 ga — 28 – Michael WOLF — ECD Iserlohn
  • 3 app – 18 ga — 22 – Philipp GOGULLA — Portland (AHL)
  • 2 app – 12 ga — 32 – John TRIPP — EHC Hamburg
  • 2 app – 11 ga — 28 – Thomas GREILINGER — ERC Ingolstadt
  • 3 app – 11 ga — 24 – Andre RANKEL — Eisbaeren Berlin
  • 1 app — 6 ga — 24 – T. J. MULOCK — Eisbaeren Berlin
  • 0 app — 0 ga — 25 – Manuel KLINGE — EC Kassel
  • 0 app — 0 ga — 21 – Marcel MUELLER — EC Koeln

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Just 13 out of 23 correct for the German Olympic team here at WORLD HOCKEY.

Nicht so gut!

Veteran JOCHEN HECHT of the Buffalo Sabres is a glaring omission from one-time Buffalo Sabres defenseman UWE KRUPP’s German national team heading for Vancouver and the 2010 Winter Games.

CHRISTOPH SCHUBERT of the Atlanta Thrashers is another National Hockey League player who has not been selected for Germany.

Two Canadian-born veterans with limited NHL experience on defense in JASON HOLLAND and CHRIS SCHMIDT. Both have played for Germany before. Another native of Canada with extensive minor league professional if not NHL experience, JOHN TRIPP, has been recalled to the colors of his adopted country.

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Germany : Rolf’s Roster Picks

CHRISTOPH SCHUBERT scored a pair of goals for Germany at last spring's IIHF World Championships in Switzerland and, in all, has four goals and 12 points in 35 games at major international events.

CHRISTOPH SCHUBERT scored a pair of goals for Germany at last spring's IIHF World Championships in Switzerland and, in all, has four goals and 12 points in 35 games at major international events.

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According to the International Ice Hockey Federation, the roster for the Olympic squad of Germany is scheduled to be released December 30.

GERMANY OLYMPIC SQUAD — Rolf’s roster picks

GOALTENDERS

  • 3 app – 11 ga — 26 – Dimitri PAETZOLD — ERC Ingolstadt
  • 3 app — 4 ga — 28 – Dmitrij KOTSCHNEW — Spartak Moscow
  • 1 app — 1 ga — 23 – Thomas GREISS — SAN JOSE

DEFENSEMEN

  • 6 app – 36 ga — 28 – Dennis SEIDENBERG — FLORIDA
  • 6 app – 36 ga — 27 – Christian EHRHOFF — VANCOUVER
  • 8 app – 35 ga — 27 – Christoph SCHUBERT — OTTAWA
  • 4 app – 22 ga — 30 – Michael BAKOS — ERC Ingolstadt
  • 4 app – 19 ga — 25 – Alexander SULZER — NASHVILLE
  • 3 app – 18 ga — 26 – Sebastien OSTERLOH — Frankfurt
  • 3 app – 18 ga — 24 – Frank HOERDLER — Eisbaeren Berlin
  • 1 app — 6 ga — 23 – Robert DIETRICH — Milwaukee (AHL)

CENTERS

  • 10 app – 54 ga — 32 – Jochen HECHT — BUFFALO
  • 6 app — 31 ga — 26 – Marcel GOC — NASHVILLE
  • 4 app — 21 ga — 26 – Christoph ULLMANN — EC Koeln
  • 1 app —– 5 ga — 21 – Patrick HAGER — EV Krefeld 

RIGHT WINGS

  • 10 app – 61 ga — 30 – Daniel KREUTZER — EG Dusseldorf
  • 3 app — 18 ga — 28 – Michael WOLF — ECD Iserlohn
  • 2 app — 11 ga — 28 – Thomas GREILINGER — ERC Ingolstadt
  • 1 app —– 6 ga — 24 – T. J. MULOCK — Eisbaeren Berlin

LEFT WINGS

  • 6 app – 32 ga — 31 – Marco STURM — BOSTON
  • 3 app – 18 ga — 22 – Philipp GOGULLA — Portland (AHL)
  • 3 app – 11 ga — 25 – Yannic SEIDENBERG — ERC Mannheim
  • 3 app – 11 ga — 24 – Andre RANKEL — Eisbaeren Berlin

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WH will take a chance on THOMAS GREILINGER making his first appearance at a major international for Germany since the 2004 IIHF World Championships.

Greilinger, 28, was once an up-and-coming prospect for the German national team, has battled weight and other off-ice issues and was playing fourth division hockey for SG Deggendorf just three years ago prior to this campaign.

Greilinger is the top scorer thus far this season in the DEL with 23 goals and 47 points from 31 games for ERC Ingolstadt.

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