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Duchene Records Three-Point Game vs. Belarus

by Ron Knabenbauer / Colorado Avalanche

CANADA (8) VS. BELARUS (0)

Matt Duchene and Team Canada continued their torrid pace at the World Championship on Monday in an 8-0 win over Belarus at the Yubileiny Ice Palace in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Duchene had his first three-point game of the tournament, recording a goal and two assists, while Canada improved its record to a perfect 3-0-0-0 after four days of competition. The Canadians have outscored their opponents by an impressive 20-2 mark.

Canada outshot Belarus 40-13 and tallied four times in the second period before adding three more in the third in the blowout victory. Team Canada registered three power-play goals on five opportunities and also added a short-handed marker as well.

Duchene's third goal of the tournament came on the man advantage at 11:19 of the middle stanza. His original shot from the right circle was stopped by goalie Kevin Lalande, but the puck rebounded straight back to him and Duchene threw it into the empty net while the Belarus netminder was down on the ice and out of position.

He also assisted on Derick Brassard's game-opening tally with 3:34 left in the first period and Ryan O'Reilly's score at 1:26 of the third that made it a 6-0 contest.

Duchene, who is tied for third in tournament scoring with five points (two goals and three assists), once again played on a line with Connor McDavid and Brad Marchand. The Avs forward finished with four shots and a plus-1 rating in 17:21 of ice time.

After picking up the victory in his World Championship debut the previous day, goaltender Calvin Pickard played the role of backup for starter Cam Talbot, who stopped all 13 pucks he faced in the shutout.

Canada now has two days off before its next game on Thursday against Germany.

FINLAND (3) VS. UNITED STATES (2)



Finland picked up its third victory at the World Championship on Monday as it defeated the United States 3-2 at the Yubileiny Ice Palace in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Leo Komarov registered the game-winner for the Finns at 4:16 of the third period, just minutes after American Connor Murphy tied the contest 53 seconds into the stanza.

JT Compher played 13:42 while on the U.S.'s third line with Tyler Motte and Matt Hendricks.

Finnish forward Mikko Rantanen did not play in the game.

Finland's next outing is Wednesday against Hungary. The United States won't play again until Thursday versus France.

CZECH REPUBLIC (4) vs. SWEDEN (2)

The Czech Republic erased a two-goal, first-period deficit Monday and beat Sweden 4-2 at the Ice Palace in Moscow, Russia. The Czechs tallied three times in 11:14 in the second frame to turn the game in their favor.

Anton Lindholm did not appear in the contest for Sweden.

Next up for the Swedes is a game on Wednesday against Kazakhstan.

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