Nathan MacKinnon added another notch to his burgeoning resume Monday in Canada’s 4-3 win against the Czech Republic at Chizhovka Arena at the 2014 IIHF World Championship.
MacKinnon, the Avalanche rookie who led all NHL rookies this season in points (63), goals (24-tied) and assists (39), potted one of the Canada’s two second-period power-play scores to become the second youngest in Canada history to score a goal at the Worlds since 1977.
He slapped in a rebound off a shot from the Capitals’ Joel Ward at 16:07 of the second period to put the Canadians ahead 3-1 and surpass Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby as the youngest in the nation’s history at the annual tournament.
Former NHL star Paul Kariya, who played for the Avs during the 2003-04 season, is the youngest to score for Canada (1993) since it began sending NHL pros to the tournament in 1977 (Vienna, Austria).
Morgan Rielly (Maple Leafs) added another score after MacKinnon’s to put Canada up 4-1 before the Czechs rallied on an even-strength goal and a power-play goal in the third period.
"We walk away with the win, but our team has a lot of work to do," Canadian coach Dave Tippett (Phoenix Coyotes) told the IIHF website.
Canada, who knocked off Slovakia 4-1 on Saturday after losing to France 2-1 in a shootout on Friday, improved to 2-0-1 and atop the eight-team Group A field. It also featured another historic moment for MacKinnon, the Avalanche’s first-year star.
SWISS, BERRA STILL LOOKING FOR A WIN
Tournament-host Belarus inched closer to the quarterfinals with a dramatic 4-3 win Monday against Switzerland and Avalanche goalie Reto Berra.
Three players scored their first Worlds goals for the Swiss, who finished second in last year’s tournament but dropped to 0-3 in Group B play after suffering a 5-0 loss to Russia on Friday and a 3-2 defeat against the United States on Saturday.
Berra, who joined the Avs on this year’s trade-deadline day via a trade with Calgary, made 19 saves on 23 shots but fell to 0-2 for the tournament with a 3.57 goals-against average and a .885 save percentage in 117:45 played.
Sergei Kostitsyn scored two goals and had an assist on the winning goal for Belarus in the win.