EDITOR'S NOTE: Seven players who competed for the Coyotes during the 2014-15 NHL season are playing for their countries at the 2015 International Ice Hockey Federation's World Championship in Czech Republic. They are: Mark Arcobello (USA), Martin Erat (Czech Republic), Oliver Ekman-Larsson (Sweden), John Moore (USA), Connor Murphy (USA), Tobias Rieder (Germany), and Mike Smith (Canada).
FORMAT: The 16 teams are divided into two groups for the Preliminary Round.
The top-four ranked teams of each group advance to the quarter-finals that will be played cross-over. The first-place team in each preliminary-round group plays the fourth-place team of the other group, while the second-place team plays the third-place team of the other group. 1A-4B, 2A-3B, 1B-4A, 2B-3A. The winning teams advance to the semi-finals.
Semi-final pairings: Winner 1A-4B vs Winner 2B-3A, Winner 1B-4A vs Winner 2A-3B. Both semi-final games and the medal games will be played in Prague.
The winning teams of the semi-final games advance to the gold medal game while the semi-final losing teams play for bronze.
OFFICIAL SITE: Click here to visit iihfworlds2015.com
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WEDNESDAY, MAY 6
Canada 6, Sweden 4:
After giving up three goals in the first period, goalie Mike Smith finished with 28 saves for Canada. It was Smith's third win in the tournament.
Defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson played a team-high 22:17 for Sweden. He notched an assist and three shots on goal, and he was voted Player of the Game for Sweden.
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