Dante Fabbro scored twice to help power Canada to a 6-2 victory over the Nurnberg Ice Tigers on Friday, capping round-robin play at the Spengler Cup.
Daniel Winnik, Andrew Ebbett, Zac Dalpe and Dion Knelsen scored in a second-period outburst for the defending champion Canadians (2-0-0), who finished first in their group to advance directly to Sunday’s semifinal.
Canada took control of the game in the second period, outscoring Nurnberg 4-1 and outshooting the Ice Tigers 21-4.
Winnik broke a 1-1 tie five minutes into the middle frame and Ebbett gave Canada a two-goal cushion at 11:14. Dalpe followed two minutes later and Knelsen added to the barrage with just over two minutes left in the period.
Fabbro’s first goal opened the scoring 2:21 into the first period and his second gave Canada a 6-1 lead early in the third.
Patrick Reimer and Mike Mieszkowski scored for Nurnberg (0-2-0). Andreas Jenike stopped 33 shots for the German team.
Maxim Lapierre and Dominic Moore chipped in with two assists apiece for the Canadians and Zach Fucale made 19 saves.
Canada was coming off a 2-1 victory over HC Davos in the tournament opener Wednesday.
The Canadians play the winner of Saturday’s quarterfinal between Metallurg Magnitogorsk and the Ice Tigers on Sunday. Metallurg finished second in its group with three points on an overtime win and an overtime loss.
The final is Monday.
Canada has won the tournament 15 times since first taking part in 1984, including the past three years.
Habs' Price dealing with nagging ‘irritation,’ coach says
Montreal Canadiens coach Claude Julien said he hopes Carey Price’s nagging injury won’t keep the star goaltender out of action for long.
Julien updated Price’s status Friday, a day after the team announced the goalie was staying behind for the Canadiens’ three-game road trip, which started Friday against the Florida Panthers.
Julien didn’t disclose the exact nature of Price’s injury, but he called it “more of an irritation than anything else” that has been bothering Price for a while.
The coach said the team had been able to manage the injury, but it flared up Friday as Price was unable to finish practice.
Julien said it was “prudent” to give Price a four-day break and have him examined by a doctor and hope the injury is a “day-to-day situation.”
Price, who was placed on injured reserve retroactive to Dec. 22, has played in 30 games this season, posting a 15-10-4 record with a 2.84 goals-against average and .904 save percentage.
After taking on Florida, the Canadiens face the NHL-leading Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday and the Dallas Stars on Monday.
The Canadiens recalled goalie Michael McNiven from AHL Laval to back up Antti Niemi on the road trip.
Jets defenceman Byfuglien fined for slashing Flames forward Gaudreau
NEW YORK — The NHL has fined Winnipeg defenceman Dustin Byfuglien US$2,500 for slashing Calgary Flames forward Johnny Gaudreau.
The incident occurred late in the Flames’ 4-1 win at Winnipeg on Thursday night.
Byfuglien was assessed a minor penalty for slashing on the play.