Teams Canada, Sweden and United States all had Saturday off before returning to action Sunday, when all three picked up their first wins of the IIHF World Championship. They followed those victories up with three more Monday.
Sunday began with Quinn Hughes picking up an assist and Thatcher Demko making 23 saves for the Americans in a 7-1 win over France.
Hughes' point, his first of the tournament, was a beauty. The Canucks defenceman was also plus-4 in his best game so far.
Demko made his tournament debut and was stellar, especially in the 2nd period stopping all 12 shots against.
Team USA carried that momentum into a much tougher game Monday against an undefeated Team Finland. This game went the distance with USA clipping their Group A rivals 3-2 in overtime; Hughes assisted on the OT game-winner for his second point of the tournament.
Team Canada and Team Sweden both flexed against inferior opponents Sunday winning 8-0.
Troy Stecher had an assist in the win, where the Canadians outshot Great Britain 56-12. This game was not close.
Monday's content against Slovakia was a much different story.
Team Canada battled back from trailing 2-0 and 4-2 to clip Slovakia 6-5 in a wild win. Mark Stone scored on the power play with one second left in the 3rd to seal the win.
Stecher played on the top pairing with Thomas Chabot, and he scored late in the 2nd to give Canada a 5-4 lead. It was Stecher's first goal of the tournament.
Score and you get interviewed, that's how it works.
Canada improves to 2-0-0-1, good for third place in Group A, one point ahead of the United States.
As for Team Sweden, it showed no mercy to Team Italy, beating them 8-0. With such a lopsided score, Canucks fans might expect that superstar Elias Pettersson had a game for the ages. He was actually quiet in this game with one assist and six shots. That being said, he was as dangerous as ever as you can see from his assist to Patric Hornqvist.
Loui Eriksson paced the Swedes with three assists. Also of note, a healthy Jacob Markstrom backed up Henrik Lundqvist, meaning he could see action moving forward in the tournament.
You'll never guess who started in net for Sweden Monday against Team Norway. Yep, Marky. And it was a perfect game for the Canucks goaltender to ease himself back into action as Sweden made quick work of Norway in a 9-1 win.
Sweden scored three goals in the 1st and five in the 2nd en route to a dominant win; Markstrom made 16 saves in his first game.
Pettersson and Eriksson each had a point, on the same play.
How Swede it is.