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Landeskog Records Three Points in Swedish Debut

Avalanche captain helps Sweden rout Austria in first 2019 World Championship game

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab / ColoradoAvalanche.com
Sweden (9) vs. Austria (1)

Gabriel Landeskog joined Team Sweden mid-tournament at the 2019 IIHF World Championship, and the Colorado Avalanche captain made his presence known in his first game on Thursday.

Landeskog had a goal and two assists to help the Swedes defeat Austria 9-1 at Ondrej Nepela Arena in Bratislava, Slovakia.

"I was already here this morning, so why now suit up and play? I felt good, and there is no need to wait a couple days. Might as well dig in right away," Landeskog said to IIHF TV. "I haven't played in a week, so it was good to get out there and play again."

It took just 1:09 for Landeskog to find the back of the net, as he took a behind-the-goal pass from Elias Pettersson (Vancouver Canucks) in the low slot and pounded the puck past Austrian goalie Bernhard Starkbaum to begin a five-goal first period for Sweden (3-0-0-1). Tre Kronor scored the first nine goals of the contest before Michael Raffl (Philadelphia Flyers) scored for Austria (0-0-0-4) at 7:46 of the final stanza.

"That first goal, Pettersson, I didn't even have to yell for it. He just kind of knew that I was there and fed me basically a mini-breakaway," Landeskog said. "It felt good. I thought we created some scoring chances as the game went along."

Landeskog, who is at his fourth World Championships and has won gold medals previously in 2013 and 2017, has seven goals and 10 assists in 29 career games at the annual tournament.

Pettersson and Elias Lindholm also had three-point outings with a marker and two helpers each.

Sweden continues the tournament on Saturday against Switzerland (4-0-0-0).

Canada (5) vs. France (2)

Team Canada extended its win streak to three games on Thursday as it defeated France 5-2 on Day 7 of the 2019 World Championship.

The Canadians (3-0-0-1) jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first period before the French (0-0-1-3) rallied to cut its deficit to one early in the third stanza at Steele Arena in Kosice, Slovakia. However, Canada pulled away with markers from Anthony Mantha (Detroit Red Wings) and Mark Stone (Vegas Golden Knights) in a two-minute span midway through the final frame.

Mantha finished with two goals while Jonathan Marchessault (Vegas) also had a multi-point outing for Canada with a pair of assists. Canada outshot France 32-14.

Avalanche forward Tyson Jost played his third game of the tournament, seeing 7:29 of ice time. He has two points at Worlds after recording two helpers in Canada's 8-0 win over Great Britain on Sunday. Jost also played in Monday's 6-5 win over host Slovakia.

Canada next plays Germany (4-0-0-0) on Saturday.

Czech Republic (6) vs. Latvia (3)

The Czech Republic got back in the win column on Thursday with a 6-3 victory over Latvia at Ondrej Nepela Arena in Bratislava, Slovakia.

The Czechs had won their first two games of the 2019 World Championship before losing 3-0 to Russia on Monday.

Latvia had a two-goal lead in the first period before the Czech scored five unanswered to grab the advantage.

Avalanche goaltender prospect Pavel Francouz did not play for the Czech Republic in the game but is expected to get the start on Friday when the country completes a back-to-back set against Italy (0-0-0-4).

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