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Rantanen, Finland Keep Rolling at Worlds

Avalanche forward added two more assists for the undefeated Finns

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab /
Finland (7) vs. Norway (0)

Finland's offensive onslaught at the 2018 IIHF World Championship continued Tuesday with a 7-0 victory over Norway at Jyske Bank Boxen in Herning, Denmark.

Colorado Avalanche forward Mikko Rantanen had two assists in the contest for the Finns and now ranks tied for fifth overall in tournament scoring with six points (goal and five assists) in three games. He assisted on Kasperi Kapanen's (Toronto Maple Leafs) goal 3:41 into the middle period and Markus Nutivaara's (Columbus Blue Jackets) power-play tally with 1:42 remaining before the second intermission.

Finland captain Mikael Granlund (Minnesota Wild) led the team in scoring with a goal and two assists.

Rantanen, an alternate captain for his country, was on the first line with Granlund and Kapanen. He also had two shots on goal and a plus-1 rating in 17:25 of ice time.

Team Finland leads Group B with a perfect 3-0-0-0 record through the first three games of the tournament. The squad also owns the best goal differential at Worlds with a 23-2 margin (Russia leads Group A with a 20-0 margin).

The Finns are back in action on Wednesday to complete a back-to-back set against host Denmark.

Czech Republic (5) vs. Switzerland (4) - Shootout

The Czech Republic needed a five-round shootout to defeat Switzerland 5-4 on Tuesday at Royal Arena in Copenhagen.

Michal Repik scored the game-deciding goal in the tiebreaker to begin the fifth round of shooters, and goaltender Pavel Francouz denied to Gregory Hofmann's ensuing shot to give the Czech Republic its second victory of the tournament.

Francouz, who signed with the Avalanche as a free agent last week, stopped 25 of 29 shots through overtime. He saved all 13 shots he faced in a scoreless third period to keep the game tied at 4-4.

Avs forward Sven Andrighetto finished the contest with an assist, a 66.67-faceoff percentage (4-for-6) and minus-2 rating in 20:16 of ice time for the Swiss. It was the second game he had played at the tournament after being suspended for Sunday's outing following a kneeing penalty in the opener the day prior.

The teams traded goals through the first 40 minutes of the contest, but neither country could gain more than a one-goal edge on the scoreboard.

Switzerland is back in action on Wednesday against Belarus, while the Czech Republic's next game is Thursday against undefeated Russia.

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