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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Team Canada Blames Loss On Large European Rinks

VIENNA, Austria -- The "Big Ice'' is causing Canada big problems, particularly goalie Martin Brodeur.


Brodeur of the New Jersey Devils, playing for the first time in an international setting in the two-week World Ice Hockey Championships, was in the nets for Canada's 5-1 loss Wednesday against Germany. He was also there when Canada drew its opening match Sunday with Slovakia, 3-3.


Any more slips and slow-to-meld Canada -- led by Paul Kariya of the Anaheim Might Ducks, Ray Ferraro of the Los Angeles Kings and a host of National Hockey League players -- could miss the eight-team medal round that starts next week.


"Part of the reason for Brodeur being here is to gain a little more international experience,'' explained coach Tom Renney. "Certainly, we're not going to give him that at the expense of where we finish.''


The Germany loss stunned Canada, which has looked disjointed in its first three games despite pre-tournament talk of bringing one of its strongest teams in memory.


The loss was only Canada's second in the Worlds to Germany, the first coming in 1987 -- sobering for a team that has won this title 20 times, second only to Russia's 22.


A pillar of New Jersey's Stanley Cup winner a year ago and considered one of the NHL's best goalies, Brodeur played poorly and hasn't adjusted quickly to the larger ice surface in international play, which produces angles North American goalies aren't used to.


After one German goal, Brodeur said he looked up at the scoreboard replay and couldn't believe he was so out of position.


The singing, flag-waving crowds and noise level of international play are also new. The 10,000-seat Vienna Stadthalle arena also lacks the bright television lights common in North America, which the Canadians have noted.


"I think we have adjusted to the bigger ice surface, but it is an adjustment, particularly if you haven't been exposed to it,'' Renney said.


Canada's Ferraro put it best after the German loss: "Germany really deserved the victory. They did almost nothing wrong and we did nothing right.''


(For other results, see Scorecard.)