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Worlds Update: May 12 & 13

...Blowouts, blowouts everywhere

by Derek Jory @NoJoryous / Vancouver Canucks

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.

Tweet from @usahockey: #TeamUSA picks up a win over France in game two! #MensWorlds

Hughes' point, his first of the tournament, was a beauty. The Canucks defenceman was also plus-4 in his best game so far.

Tweet from @antonj85: Colin White 5-0 m��l f��r USA efter en fin upp��kning fr��n Quinn Hughes. #IIHFWorlds

Demko made his tournament debut and was stellar, especially in the 2nd period stopping all 12 shots against.

Tweet from @IIHFHockey: Demko had to be sharp earlier this period as Bertrand came close to getting @Hockey_FRA on the board #USAFRA #IIHFWorlds

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.

Tweet from @Canucks: OT. 3������-on-3������. Who ya gonna call? ������ Quinn Hughes. #IIHFWorlds

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.

Tweet from @HC_Men: GAME OVER! 🇨 picks up an 8-0 victory over 🇬 on the strength of two goals and three assists from @antomantha8. 📊

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.

Tweet from @Canucks: Troy from Richmond! @troystecher scores his first #IIHFWorlds goal to give 🇨 a 5-4 lead on 🇸 after 40 minutes.

Score and you get interviewed, that's how it works.

Tweet from @Canucks: "It's a short tournament, so we've got to find a way to win..." @troystecher is in the zone. #IIHFWorlds

Canada improves to 2-0-0-1, good for third place in Group A, one point ahead of the United States.

Tweet from @HC_Men: GAME OVER! Birthday boy @MStoner61 gives 🇨 a big present by scoring with 1.8 seconds remaining in regulation to earn a 6-5 win over 🇸. 📊

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.

Tweet from @Canucks: Another @Trekronorse game, another point for @_EPettersson! -#IIHFWorlds

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.

Tweet from @Canucks: Pettersson ������ Lindholm ������ Eriksson 🚨 🇸 leads 8-0 👌 #IIHFWorlds

How Swede it is.

Tweet from @Canucks: 🔥 👑👑👑 🔥@j_markstrom with his first win of the tournament. @_EPettersson & Eriksson with a point each in the 9������-1������ 🇸 victory.

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