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WORLDS DAY 7: Kakko continues to impress at Worlds, Severson adds assist

Devils defenseman registers an assist to lead Canada over France 5-2

by Amanda Stein /

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Canada: Damon Severson, Mackenzie Blackwood 

For a third straight game, Team Canada came out the victors at the World Championship. After dropping their opening game of the tournament to Finland, Canada has posted three straight victories after a 5-2 final against France on Thursday. 

New Jersey Devils defenseman Damon Severson jumped into the fold on the top defensive pairing with Darnell Nurse (Edmonton Oilers) after Canada lost defenseman Brandon Montour (Buffalo Sabres) to injury. He is done for the tournament. 

Severson added to his point total in Slovakia with his third assist in four games. Severson jumped on a loose puck off a face off early in the first period while Canada was on a 5-on-3 power play to get the puck back to the point for Shea Theodore (Vegas Golden Knights) who then sent the puck to forward Anthony Mantha (Detroit Red Wings) who fired a shot past French goaltender Henri Corentin Buysse, giving Canada the 1-0 lead. 

Canada went on to win the game 5-2.

Next: Canada face Germany on Saturday in a 10:15 a.m. EDT game. 


Sweden: Jesper Bratt (inj.) 

Sweden cruised to a 9-1 win over Austria. 

The defending champions jumped out to a 5-0 lead after the opening 20 minutes of play. 

Sweden currently sit third in the Group B standings behind two undefeated teams, Russia and Switzerland. Sweden dropped their opening game of the tournament. 

Devils forward Jesper Bratt missed a second straight game, held out by Team Sweden and is considered "Day-to-day" with an injury. Team officials expect Bratt to be able to play in upcoming games and the Swede did take part in team warmups prior to the start of the game against Austria. 

Next: Sweden take on Switzerland Saturday at 2:15 p.m. EDT 


Finland: Kaapo Kakko

Top European prospect Kaapo Kakko continues to turn heads at the World Championship.

The Finnish forward scored his sixth goal of the tournament using the combination of his size, skating and hockey IQ to outsmart and bolt past the Danish defender, challenge the goaltender and found himself with an empty net to shoot at. Kakko's goal tied the game at 1-1 at the 5:49 mark of the middle frame. 

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Kakko would add his second point of the game and first assist of the tournament at the 11:07 mark of the third period, lifting Finland to a 3-1 win over Denmark. 

Kakko has seven points in four games played as the tournament enters its second week of competition.

Next: Finland next meet Great Britain, Friday at 2:15 p.m. EDT 

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