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Coyotes at IIHF World Championship: Daily Recaps

by Dave Vest @davest4yotes / Coyotes Sr. Director of News Content

2017 IIHF WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

QUARTERFINALS

May 18:

Sweden 3, Switzerland 1

Coyotes defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson notched a memorable assist for Team Sweden in its win over Switzerland in a quarterfinal match in Paris, France.

Tied 1-1, Ekman-Larsson launched a perfect pass up the middle of the ice from deep within Team Sweden's zone to teammate William Nylander, who converted the lead pass into a breakaway goal at 13:15 of the second period.

Ekman-Larsson, who logged 17:21 of ice time on Thursday, has produced two goals and two assists in six games at this tournament. 

Team Sweden will play Team Finland in one of two semifinals on Saturday.

Finland 2, USA 0

Team USA failed to score in its quarterfinal match vs. Team Finland in Cologne, Germany.

The loss snapped a six-game winning streak for the Americans at this tournament, and eliminated them from medal contention.

Coyotes defenseman Connor Murphy played 14:14, Coyotes forward Christian Dvorak played 7:53, and Coyotes forward Clayton Keller played 12:53. All took one shot on goal.

PRELIMINARY ROUND

May 16:

USA 5, Russia 3

Coyotes forward Clayton Keller notched an assist in the final preliminary-round game for both teams in Cologne, Germany.

With the win, Team USA secured the top seed in Group A and will play Finland in a quarterfinal match on Thursday at 7:15 a.m. Arizona time. The game can be seen live on NBC Sports Network. 

The Americans will enter the quarterfinal round having won six games in a row. No U.S. team has ever won seven straight games in a single IIHF World Championship.

Keller finished the preliminary round with seven points (five goals, two assists) in seven games. Coyotes defenseman Connor Murphy chipped in one goal and one assist in seven games as team captain, and Coyotes forward Christian Dvorak scored one goal over the first seven games.

Sweden 4, Slovakia 2

Coyotes defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson scored a goal for Team Sweden, which also has advanced to the quarterfinals. The Swedes will play Team Switzerland on Thursday at 11:15 a.m. Arizona time.

Ekman-Larsson finished the preliminary round with two goals and one assist in five games. 

May 14:

USA 6, Slovakia 1

Coyotes forwards Clayton Keller and Christian Dvorak scored goals for Team USA during its victory over Slovakia in a preliminary-round game in Cologne, Germany.

Keller gave the Americans a 1-0 lead when he shot a loose puck in front of the net into Team Slovakia's net at 8:12 of the first period. The goal was Keller's fifth of the tournament. Only teammate Johnny Gaudreau (six) and France's Stephane da Costa (six) have scored more goals.

Leading 2-1, Dvorak scored a backhanded goal, his first of the tournament, off a pass from Gaudreau with 3:56 remaining in the second period.

Coyotes defenseman Connor Murphy, who is Team USA's captain, skated 18:05 and took two shots on goal.

Win the win, Team USA (5-0-0-1) clinched a spot in the quarterfinals. The Americans will conclude their preliminary-round play against Russia on Tuesday at 7:15 a.m. Arizona time. The winner of that game will clinch the top seed in Group A heading into the quarterfinal round.

Sweden 4, Denmark 2

Coyotes defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson returned to Team Sweden's lineup after missing two games. He played 15:51 in Team Sweden's preliminary-round victory over Denmark and took two shots on goal.

With the win, Team Sweden (4-0-1-1) also secured a berth in the quarterfinals. The Swedes next play Tuesday vs. Slovakia.

May 13: 

USA 5, Latvia 3

Coyotes defenseman Connor Murphy skated 19:24 in another preliminary-round win for the Americans. Coyotes forward Christian Dvorak skated 11:32, and Coyotes forward Clayton Keller skated 14:08 and notched one assist.

May 10:

USA 3, Italy 0

Team USA notched its third victory in a row by blanking Team Italy in a preliminary-round game.

The Americans out-shot the Italians 32-9.

Coyotes defenseman Connor Murphy skated 17:38 and took two shots on goal, Coyotes forward Christian Dvorak played 16:38 and took one shot on goal, and Coyotes forward Clayton Keller skated 15:07 and took three shots on goal.

May 8:

Russia 6, Germany 3

Coyotes forward Tobias Rieder suffered a lower-body injury playing for Team Germany in this preliminary-round game and will be sidelined for the rest of the tournament.

Rieder, who also was injured playing for Team Germany at last year's World Championship, notched one goal in three games at this year's event.

USA 4, Sweden 3

Coyotes forward Clayton Keller scored a goal at 3:21 of the first period for Team USA, which trailed by a goal three times in this preliminary-round game. Keller ranks second among all skaters in this tournament with four goals. Only Canada's Nate MacKinnon has scored more (five).

Coyotes defenseman Connor Murphy led all Americans in ice time (24:45) and assisted on Team USA's game-winning goal at 11:47 of the third period.

Coyotes forward Christian Dvorak played 13:33 for Team USA.

Coyotes defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson skated 20:24 and notched one assist for Team Sweden.

Team USA next plays on Wednesday vs. Italy. Team Sweden's next game is Thursday vs. Latvia.

May 7:

USA 7, Denmark 2

Coyotes forward Clayton Keller notched a hat trick for Team USA to key a victory over Denmark in a preliminary-round game in Cologne, Germany. 

Keller, whom Arizona drafted seventh overall in 2016, was named Team USA's Player of the Game. He is the first player to notch a hat trick for a U.S. Men's National Team since Craig Smith did so at this tournament in 2013.

Leading 3-2 early in the second period, the Americans seized control of the game by scoring four unanswered goals.

"It was a good game," Keller told usahockey.com. "I think we had a good start. We slowed down a little bit in the second (period), but we got back to it and we got some pucks to the net and were able to put a few behind the net, so it was good."

Keller played just 12:23, but he scored a goal in each period.

First, Keller beat Team Denmark goalie Mads Christensen with a shot from the bottom of the right circle at 13:06 of first period. Keller scored his second goal by skating down the right wing and across the crease, and then sliding the puck past Christensen at 14:33 of the second period. Keller completed his hat trick with seven minutes left in the game when his pass deflected off a defender's skate and into Denmark's net.

Coyotes defenseman Connor Murphy, who is Team USA's captain, played 21:57 and took one shot on goal. Coyotes forward Christian Dvorak played 14:50 and took one shot on goal.

Team USA's next game is Monday vs. Sweden at 11:15 a.m. Arizona time. The game can be seen on NHL Network.

May 6:

Sweden 7, Germany 2

Coyotes defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson scored Team Sweden's first goal at 6:56 of the first period in its resounding victory over Team Germany in Cologne, Germany.

Ekman-Larsson skated 21:29 and took three shots on goal for Team Sweden.

Coyotes forward Tobias Rieder skated 15:39 and took one shot on goal for Team Germany. 

May 5:

Germany 2, United States 1

Coyotes defenseman Connor Murphy scored a goal and was named Team USA's Player of the Game after its shocking loss to Team Germany before a sellout crowd of 18,688 in Cologne, Germany.

Coyotes forward Tobias Rieder gave Team Germany a 1-0 lead with a rebound goal with 9:10 left in the first period. 

Murphy pulled Team USA even when he scored at 11:00 of the third period with a wrist shot from the top of the right circle that beat German goalie Thomas Greiss. 

Patrick Hager scored the decisive goal for Team Germany with 6:02 left in regulation past USA goalie Jimmy Howard.

Coyotes forwards Christian Dvorak and Clayton Keller also played for Team USA. Dvorak skated 14:07 and took two shots on goal; Keller skated 13:25 and took one shot on goal.

Team USA's next game is Sunday vs. Team Denmark at 7:15 a.m. Arizona time. The game can be seen live on NHL Network. 

Russia 2, Sweden 1 (SO)

Coyotes defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson played 14:19 and took three shots on goal for Team Sweden, which next plays Satruday vs. Team Germany.

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