Germany shock Russia in World Championship opener

May 1, 2011 - 0:0

Germany stunned title contenders Russia 2-0 in the opening match of the ice hockey world championship while Canada outshone Belarus and hosts Slovakia laboured to victory against Slovenia.

Thomas Greilinger got the Germans going in the Slovak capital Bratislava before Patrick Reimer netted with a backhand in the third period to seal Germany's first ever win over 'Zborna' in the worlds.
""We were dreaming about a win over Russia from the very beginning, there is hard work behind it. We have deserved this win,"" Reimer said.
Russia, seeking redemption after losing the cup to the Czech Republic last year and boasting NHL heavyweights such as Ilya Kovalchuk, struggled in defense and failed to turn 31 shots into a goal.
Slovenia's Ales Kranjc hit the Slovaks during a power play in the 23rd minute with a straight shot to give his team an unexpected lead, before Miroslav Satan netted an equaliser.
Slovakia, struggling to transform clear dominance on the ice, went 2-1 up before Lubos Bartecko sealed the win with an empty net goal, eight seconds before the siren.
""We have laboured to this win, we had troubles but we won,"" forward Tomas Surovy said.
Canada, bidding for gold for the first time in four years, set off with an early goal by Jordan Eberle against Belarus in the second minute.
Andrei Stepanov levelled for 1-1 in the 20th minute before Jeff Skinner, John Tavares and Eberle with his second strike secured Canada's 4-1 success in their opening match.
In the second game on Friday, played in the eastern Slovak town of Kosice, Julien Vauclair gave Switzerland a 1-0 win over France in overtime.
Russia next meet Slovenia on Sunday in a second Group A match while Germany play hosts Slovakia. (Source: Reuters)