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Germany, Russia and Switzerland Remain Perfect

Germany leads Group A, Russia and Switzerland are tied for the Group B lead

by Callie Parmele @CallieParmele /
Russia (10) vs. Italy (0)

Russia stayed undefeated at the 2019 IIHF World Championship with a 10-0 victory against Italy on Wednesday at Ondrej Nepela Arena in Bratislava, Slovakia.

Colorado Avalanche defenseman Nikita Zadorov was paired with Ivan Telegin in the contest and finished the game with a plus-3 rating.  

It was Zadorov's third game of the tournament as he also skated in Russia's 5-0 win over Austria on Sunday and the club's 3-0 victory against the Czech Republic on Monday. Through the three games he has a plus-4 rating.

Evgeny Kuznetsov (Washington Capitals) and Nikita Kucherov (Tampa Bay Lightning) led the way for the Russians against Italy, with each forward recording four points in the victory. Kuznetsov finished with two goals and two assists while Kucherov scored one and added three helpers.

Russia and Switzerland are both undefeated and are tied for the Group B lead with 12 points each.

Team Russia has two days off before it returns to game action against Latvia on Saturday in Bratislava.

Switzerland (4) vs. Norway (1)

Switzerland also remained perfect at the tournament with a 4-1 win against Norway on Wednesday at Ondrej Nepela Arena.

The Swiss scored the first four goals of the contest with two markers from Andres Ambuhl and tallies from Nico Hischier (New Jersey Devils) and Gregory Hofmann.

Colorado Avalanche forward Sven Andrighetto recorded three shots on goal in 14:43 of ice time as he skated on a line with Tristan Scherwey and Gaetan Haas.

Norway's Tobias Lindstrom found the back of the net with 1:56 remaining to score just the second goal on Team Switzerland this tournament.

The Swiss went 5-for-5 on the penalty kill and had a 42-32 advantage over Norway in shots in the contest.

Andrighetto and Switzerland will have two days off before they look to remain perfect as the club takes on Gabriel Landeskog and Team Sweden on Saturday.

Germany (3) vs Slovakia (2)

Germany scored twice in the final minute of regulation to win 3-2 against host Slovakia on Wednesday at Steel Arena in Kosice.

Slovakia took a 2-1 lead midway through the second period when Andrej Sekera and Libor Hudacek each found the back of the net a minute and 25 seconds apart.

The tournament's host country held the lead until Markus Eisenschmid tied the game at the 18:08 mark of the third frame. Leon Draisaitl (Edmonton Oilers) ensured the victory for Team Germany with only 27.4 seconds remaining in the stanza.

Avalanche goaltender Philipp Grubauer did not dress for the game after he left Tuesday's 4-1 victory over France with a mild muscle strain.

Germany, the Group A leader with 12 points, returns to action on Saturday against Team Canada.

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