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WHC UPDATE: Flyers, Canada continue to roll

Giroux tallies in Canada's latest win, has country out to perfect record

by PhiladelphiaFlyers.com @NHLFlyers / http://www.philadelphiaflyers.com

Claude Giroux scored the equalizer with less than a minute left to play in the second period and Canada tallied the lone goal of the third to get past France with a 3-2 victory on Thursday at the World Championships.

The win gives the Canadians the only perfect 4-0-0 record for 12 points in the tournament.

Giroux's goal came on the power-play with plenty of familiar faces on the ice as Flyers teammates Wayne Simmonds and Brayden Schenn were at the front of the net providing a screen.

The game also featured all five Flyers with Travis Konecny and Sean Couturier seeing action along with Giroux, Simmonds and Schenn.

Giroux now has six points (2g-4a) in four games and is tied with Travis Konecny who has six assists in the tournament.

Canada next takes on Switzerland on Saturday and finishes off the preliminary portion of the tournament with back-to-back games against Norway (Monday) and Finland (Tuesday).

RUSSIA

Team Russia also remains perfect in the tournament, however one of the wins came by virtue of a shootout, leaving them with 11 out of a possible 12 points, one behind Canada in the overall standings. Russia is also the top-scoring team in the tournament, outscoring their opponent, 21-5.

Ivan Provorov has three assists in four games competing in his first World Championships.

Russia faces off against Slovakia on Saturday and will wrap up preliminary action with back-to-back games against Latvia (Monday) and the United States (Tuesday).

 

FRANCE

Pierre-Edouard Bellemare has France out to a 2-2-0 mark, just two points out of advancing to the tournament round with three games remaining. 

Bellemare has a goal and an assist thus far in the tournament, appearing in all four games which brings his total to 57 games played for France in World Championship play alone.

France next plays Belarus in the late game on Friday before taking on the Czech Republic on Sunday and Slovakia on Monday in their home country at AccorHotels Arena.

 

CZECH REPUBLIC

The Czechs own a 3-1-0 record, and in international play, they currently have seven points with two of the victories coming in overtime and one shootout.

Jakub Voracek is tied for the team lead with four points (1g-3a), while defenseman Radko Gudas has two goals in four games, which is tied for the team lead.

The Czechs will take on Slovakia in early action on Friday before wrapping up preliminary play on Sunday (France) and Tuesday (Switzerland).

UPDATE: The Czechs earned a 5-1 win over Slovakia and now own a 4-1-0 record with 10 points and shoot up to second place in 'Group B' behind Canada. Both Voracek and Gudas recorded an assist, while Gudas led all players in the game with six shots on goal.

FINLAND

Valtteri Filppula has Team Finland off to a 2-1-1 start and in a three-way tie for third place in 'Group B' with seven points. Filppula has appeared in all four games and has recorded three points with a goal and two assists.

Finland plays back-to-back over the weekend with games against Norway (Saturday) and Switzerland (Sunday) before their final action of the prelims on Tuesday against Canada.

 

NEW ADDITIONS

With the recent rounds of NHL playoffs over with some additions to rosters are now taking shape. Germany adds Leon Draisaitl, Russia adds Dmitri Orlov and Evgeny Kuznetsov, Sweden adds goaltender Henrik Lundqvist, while the United States will now add Brady Skjei and Kevin Hayes.

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