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MacKinnon Tallies In Canada Win

by Ryan Boulding / Colorado Avalanche

CANADA (7) VS. SWITZERLAND (2)

Canada (6-0-0-0) continued to roll on Sunday, pulling further away in Group A after topping Switzerland (2-0-3-1) 7-2 at O2 Arena in Prague, Czech Republic.

Fifteen different Canadians finished with points in the victory, including five who had multi-point games.

Tyler Seguin opened the scoring for Canada with a goal just 53 seconds into the game. The Swiss retaliated nearly six minutes later, evening the score, but a top-shelf snipe from Colorado Avalanche forward Nathan MacKinnon with 18 seconds left in the period helped Canada keep a lead it wouldn’t again surrender.

"I got lucky, I guess," MacKinnon told the IIHF website after the win. "Caught the post. It turned out to be a nice shot. But don’t expect those again all the time. I just wanted to get a shot on net. It was late in the period and thankfully it went in."

The Canadians lit the lamp three more times in the middle stanza and twice in the third to put away their sixth straight victory in the preliminary round of the tournament.

Avs forward Ryan O'Reilly continued to log heavy minutes for Canada, leading the forwards and finishing second on the team overall with 18:48 of ice time. He picked up an assist on the final tally of the night and finished with five shots on goal.

Avalanche netminder Reto Berra made 39 saves between the pipes for the Swiss.

Canada plays Austria (0-1-1-3) next, facing off on Tuesday at 4:15 a.m. MT.

Switzerland will take on the Czech Republic (4-0-1-1) at 12:15 p.m. MT on Tuesday.


CZECH REPUBLIC (4) VS. GERMANY (2)

The Czech Republic continued to hold strong in Group A following a 4-2 victory over Germany (2-0-0-4) at 02 Arena in Prague.

The Czechs fell behind in the first after Germany found the back of the net 7:13 into the match, but they managed to even the score before the end of the frame.

The Germans tallied first again in the second, but the Czech Republic responded with two goals of its own to take over the game.

One last score in the third period put the contest on ice for the host nation.

Colorado rear guard Jan Hejda ended with one shot on goal through 15:57 of ice time.


USA (3) VS. SLOVENIA (1)

Team USA (5-0-0-1) moved into sole possession of first place in Group B after taking a 3-1 victory over Slovenia (0-0-0-6) at CEZ Arena in Ostrava, Czech Republic.

The Americans got on the board 4:17 into the game as Brock Nelson solved Robert Kristan for the first of his two opening-period tallies.

Slovenia countered in the middle stanza, but one last marker from the U.S. just 1:09 into the final frame put the game out of reach.

Avalanche defenseman Zach Redmond did not dress in the victory.

Team USA squares off against Slovakia (1-2-1-2) on Tuesday at 8:15 a.m. MT. The game will air live on NBCSN.

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