Canada routs Belarus at world hockey championship

Buffalo Sabres forward Ryan O'Reilly scored twice as Canada remained unbeaten at the world hockey championship with an 8-0 rout of Belarus on Monday in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Playing their third game in four days, the Canadians (3-0) followed a similar pattern to previous wins over the United States and Hungary. Canada allowed Belarus to keep the score close through 20 minutes before breaking the game open with four second-period goals.

The Canadians used a balanced attack, with seven different scoring in all situations.

O'Reilly's first two goals of the tournament came from a second-period short-handed marker that was ruled to have deflected into the net off his skate following a pass from Boone Jenner, then an own goal off the skate of a Belarusian defender at 1:26 of the third.

Derick Brassard, Matt Duchene and Michael Matheson all scored with the man advantage as the Canadian power play went 3-for-5, while Corey Perry, Taylor Hall and Mark Stone contributed at even strength.

Kevin Lalande, a 29-year-old native of Kingston, Ont., was lifted from the Belarusian net at the 11:39 mark of the second period after giving up five goals on 18 shots. Dmitri Milchakov stopped 19 of 22 shots the rest of the way.

Cam Talbot was perfect in Canada's net, making 13 saves for his first shutout of the tournament.

After outscoring their opponents 20-2 in their first three games, Canada sat at the top of the Group B standings with nine points, pending a later game between 2-0 Finland and the Americans. Slovakia, also 2-0, will face Germany on Tuesday.

In Group A action in Moscow, Russia beat Latvia 3-0 to move to 2-1 in the tournament, while Sweden faced off against the Czech Republic.

Canada next plays Germany on Thursday.

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