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Canada defeats Kazakhstan in World Championship hockey semifinals

May 14, 2012

Canada's national hockey team bested Kazakhstan in an 8-0 shutout at the World Championships on Saturday. The victory means Canada will advance to the quarterfinals. This was the first time the two nations have ever competed against one another and Canada managed to beat their opponent.

"As far as scoring chances go, it was easy," Canadian goaltender Devan Dubnyk told the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF). "But I don't know if that makes it easier to get a shutout. Anytime you can keep them all out, it's good regardless of who the opponent is."

Dubnyk saved all 24 shots taken by the Kazakhstan team throughout the game, marking the team's first shutout in a World Championship game, according to the IIHF. Canada fired off 58 shots on Kazakhstan's goal and managed to slip eight of them past the goalies.

In the first period, defensive player Dion Phaneuf was the only one to score a goal, NHL.com reports. He was also the only played to score more than once when he put the puck in the net a second time during the third period.

Those who want to find out more about Canada's standings in the World Championship competition can make calls to Canada with international phone cards.

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