Americans dismantle Germany in WJHC opener
The line of Alex Galchenyuk, Sean Kurlaly and Riley Barber scored three of the Americans first four goals -- including those 19 seconds into the first period and 15 seconds into the second period -- as the United States opened their 2013 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship with an 8-0 demolition of Germany.
The opening goal was setup by a simple breakout from the American zone, but when a German defender pinched at the blue line it sprung Kuraly on a breakaway and he was able to slide the puck into the net five-hole.
Jacoub Trouba added another marker a little more than eight minutes later, with his wrist shot from the point sneaking over the left pad of German goaltender Marvin Cupper.
Galchenyuk made it 3-0 for the U.S. prior to the end of the first period, when he gathered a loose puck along the boards, wheeled around to the slot and ripped a shot to the top corner on the glove side.
He would factor in the next goal just after the start of the second period, with an aggressive forecheck forcing a turnover behind the German net where he passed out front to Barber for the one-time finish.
Shayne Gostisbehere, Ryan Hartman, J.T. Miller and Seth Jones also scored for the U.S.
American goaltender John Gibson was not tested often, but when he was -- like late in the second period when the Germans peppered the U.S. goal during a five-on-three power play -- he was solid.
Pulled after the second period to rest up for their clash with Russia the next day, he turned aside all 19 shots he faced.
John Gillies came on in relief and stopped all seven shots he faced.
The U.S. has a quick turnaround, playing the host Russians on December 28.
Germany -- after giving up 17 goals in their first two games against Canada and the U.S. -- has a day off before they play Russia on December 29.