It was a relatively easy day at the IIHF World Championship for both Team Canada and Team Sweden.
The Canadians opened a 3-0 lead in the 1st period and despite giving up a goal to end the 2nd and start the 3rd, coasted to a 5-2 victory over France Thursday morning, while the Swedes led 5-0 after 20 minutes in a 9-1 win over Austria.
Troy Stecher was held off the scoresheet for Team Canada, but was heavily leaned on with 20:27 of ice time; Stech has one goal and one assist through four games. With the win, Canada moved into second place in Group A with nine points, three behind undefeated Team Germany - Team Canada's next opponent. The two face off Saturday.
There's no stopping Team Sweden at the moment and Elias Pettersson, Gabriel Landeskog and Elias Lindholm are a big reason why.
The three forwards combined for nine points (a goal and two assists each) as nine different Swedish players scored in a drubbing of Austria.
The Swedes got the party started 1:09 into the 1st period as Pettersson set up Landeskog for the first goal of the game.
Pettersson assisted on a Lindholm goal in the 3rd, giving Petey five assists in the tournament, yet no goals. That clearly wouldn't be the case for long and the Canucks superstar found the back of the net minutes later.
Since dropping its opening game to Team Czech Republic 5-2, Team Sweden has outscored its opponents 26-2 in three wins. Tre Kronor sits third in Group B, three points behind undefeated Russia and Switzerland, teams Sweden faces in two of its next three games. Sweden and Switzerland play Saturday.
Loui Eriksson was held off the scoresheet and Jacob Markstrom backed up Henrik Lundqvist.