Washington Capitals right wing Joel Ward scored his second power-play goal with 9:17 remaining in the third period to help rally Canada to a 3-2 victory against Norway in the final game of preliminary-round action at the 2014 IIHF World Championship at Chizhovka Arena in Belarus on Tuesday.
The victory enabled Canada (6-1, 18 points) to claim the top seed in the eight-team Group A field. Canada will face Finland in the quarterfinals on Thursday. The win also assures Canada will not have to face unbeaten Russia unless both teams advance to the gold-medal game on Sunday.
"It was a long game but we weren't down and out or anything," Ward told the IIHF website. "We felt good about ourselves. We had a lot of chances, a lot of shots. We had some power plays. We just got to capitalize on special teams."