BostonBruins.com – Canada secured a place in the quarterfinals of the IIHF Men’s World Championship on Saturday after a 5-0 win over Slovakia.
Bruins winger Brad Marchand contributed to the victory, with an assist on Matt Duchene’s first period tally that gave the Canadians a 2-0 advantage. Marchand added another helper on Monday in Canada’s 4-0 win over France, assisting on Mark Scheifele’s goal in the third period.
Canada improved to 6-0 and is tied with Finland for the Group B lead at 18 points. The teams square off on Tuesday afternoon (1:15 p.m. EST) in the final preliminary round contest for each country.
The Canadians have outscored their opponents 34-4 through six games.
David Pastrnak (Czech Republic) and Frank Vatrano (United States) were both held off the scoresheet in their respective games over the weekend. The Czech Republic fell to Germany, 2-1, in overtime, for their first loss of the tournament; it remains tied with Russia for the top spot in Group A with 15 points.
The U.S. (3-3) dropped a 3-2 decision to Germany Sunday – Korbinian Holzer notched the winner with just 33 seconds remaining – and is now fourth in Group B with 9 points.
The Czech Republic is likely to advance to the quarterfinals, while the U.S. will move on if it avoids a regulation loss to Slovakia Tuesday.
(all times EST)
Tuesday, May 17
United States vs. Slovakia, 5:15 a.m. (NBCSN)
Czech Republic vs. Switzerland, 5:15 a.m.
Canada vs. Finland, 1:15 p.m.