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Switzerland stuns Canada at Worlds

Sunday, 05.05.2013 / 6:21 PM NHL.com

Switzerland continued its shocking opening run at the 2013 IIHF World hockey Championship on Sunday, handing Canada a 3-2 shootout loss in Stockholm.

Switzerland won the shootout, which went eight rounds, when former NHL goalie Martin Gerber stopped Matt Duchene of the Colorado Avalanche and Switzerland's Reto Suri.

Suri scored against Canada's Mike Smith, who plays for the Phoenix Coyotes. Suri scored twice in the shootout for the Swiss, who stunned co-host Sweden in the opening game of the tournament.

Switzerland has only beaten Canada at the Worlds twice, but both have come in the past four years. In 2010, the Swiss took a shocking 4-1 decision from the Canadians.

Denis Hollenstein and Nino Niederreiter, property of the New York Islanders, scored in regulation for Switzerland. Winnipeg Jets forward Andrew Ladd and Matt Read of the Philadelphia Flyers scored for Canada

Smith made 26 saves and denied six of eight shootout attempts in his debut for Canada at the Worlds. Gerber stopped seven of eight in the shootout and 19 shots in the game. Gerber, who played for five different teams, won the Stanley Cup with the Carolina Hurricanes in 2006.

Defending champion Russia downed Germany 4-1 for its second win in Helsinki. New Jersey Devils forward Ilya Kovalchuk had a hat trick.

The United States, meanwhile, defeated Latvia 4-1 on Sunday.

After Latvia's Arturs Kulda scored the game-opening goal in the second minute of the second period, the Americans ran off four straight goals.

David Moss, Matt Hunwick, Tim Stapleton and Bobby Butler scored the goals for the Americans, who received 19 saves from Ben Bishop, who faced just three shots in the final period.

In other games, France beat Austria, 3-1, Norway edged Denmark, 3-2, and Belarus nipped Slovakia, 4-3.

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