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Russia, Canada Take Top Seeds Into Quarterfinals

All six Avalanche players advance in 2019 IIHF World Championship

by Callie Parmele & Ron Knabenbauer / ColoradoAvalanche.com

Russia (7) vs. Sweden (4)

Russia finished the preliminary round with a perfect record after defeating Sweden 7-4 on Tuesday at the 2019 IIHF World Championship at Ondrej Nepela Arena in Bratislava, Slovakia.

Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog got Sweden on the board with the game's only tally in the first period, but Russia responded with six unanswered goals in the middle frame to earn the win.

Colorado defenseman Nikita Zadorov recorded an assist in the victory and was one of 15 Russian skaters to record at least a point in the contest. Evgeni Malkin (Pittsburgh Penguinns) and Evgenii Dadonov (Florida Panthers) were the only players on the winning team to register more than one point in the outing, as each had a goal and an assist.

Three Swedes recorded multiple points in the loss, as Oliver Ekman-Larsson (Arizona Coyotes) and William Nylander (Toronto Maple Leafs) each had a goal and an assist while Elias Pettersson (Vancouver Canucks) finished the contest with two helpers. Nylander led the tournament with 17 points (five goals, 12 assists) and a plus-15 rating in preliminary-round play.

In addition to his goal, Landeskog finished the game with two shots in 18:20 of ice time. He recorded five points (two goals, three assists) and had a plus-3 rating in four contests of pool play.

Zadorov logged 13:38 of ice time and had one shot on goal against Sweden. Through six games this tournament, he has one assist, 14 penalty minutes and a plus-4 rating.

Russia has outscored its opponents 36-7 through seven contests, earning the top seed in Group B and will face the United States (4-1-0-2) in the quarterfinals on Thursday. Sweden finished in the third spot of Group B and will take on Finland in its elimination game at Steel Arena.

 

Canada (3) vs. United States (0)

Canada will head into the quarterfinals as the top seed in Group A after defeating the United States 3-0 on Monday at Steel Arena in Kosice, Slovakia.

The Canadians finished the preliminary round with a 6-0-0-1 record and 18 points, two more than Finland (5-0-1-1, 16 points), which lost to Germany earlier in the day. They will face Switzerland on Thursday in their quarterfinal matchup.

Canada scored two goals in the first 8:02 of play against the U.S. to take an early advantage it never game up. Overall, Canada outshot Team USA by a 36-28 margin.

Colorado forward Tyson Jost saw 6:01 of ice time for Canada. He played five contests during pool play and recorded two assists.

The United States (4-1-0-2) finished fourth in the group and will face Group B's top team, Russia (7-0-0-0), in the quarterfinals in Bratislava, Slovakia.

 

Germany (4) vs. Finland (2)

Finland scored first, but Germany won 4-2 behind two tallies from Leon Draisaitl (Edmonton Oilers) in the third period to give his country its fifth win of tournament play at Steel Arena on Tuesday.

Colorado goaltender Philipp Grubauer was named the player of the game for Team Germany after he stopped 39 of the 41 shots he faced in the victory, including making 15 saves in the final frame.

It was Grubauer's second appearance of the tournament. He also played in Germany's 4-1 win against France last Tuesday and denied 12 of 13 shots in 30:10 of ice time.

Harri Pesonen gave Finland a 1-0 lead in the first period but Marc Michaelis tied the game just 1:59 later. The teams traded goals again in the middle stanza, and Draisaitl tallied his fourth goal of the tournament 4:46 into the third before sealing the win for Germany with an empty-net marker.

Germany finished Group A in third place with 15 points (5-0-0-2) and will face the Czech Republic (6-0-0-1) in the quarterfinals on Thursday.

 

Czech Republic (5) vs. Switzerland (4)

The Czech Republic used a three-goal second period and held off Switzerland for a 5-4 victory on Tuesday on the final day of the World Championship preliminary round.

Both teams were battling for a better seed in the Group B standings ahead of the quarterfinals, which resulted in the Swiss pulling their goalie in the final minutes of regulation despite the game being tied at 4-4. The Czechs took advantage of the empty net as Jan Rutta scored with 1:27 left to secure the win.

Team Switzerland (4-0-0-3) received goals from Tristan Scherwey and Nino Niederreiter (Carolina Hurricanes) earlier in the period to complete the comeback. Overall, the Swiss had a 40-26 edge in shots on goal.

Dominik Simon (Pittsburgh Penguins) and Jakub Voracek (Philadelphia Flyers) led the Czech Republic (6-0-0-1) with a goal and two assists each. The Swiss' Scherwey (two goals, one assists) and Lino Martschini (three assists) had three-point outings as well.

Avs forward Sven Andrighetto had three shots and a minus-1 rating in 15:02 of ice time in the game for Switzerland. Andrighetto has two goals in five games at Worlds.

Avalanche goaltender prospect Pavel Francouz did not play in the contest for the Czech Republic. He has won both games he has appeared in at the tournament and didn't allow a goal against in either one.

The Czech Republic finishes as the second seed in Group B and will take on Germany in the quarterfinals. Switzerland will face Canada in its final-eight matchup.

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