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Stone Lifts Canada With Late Goal On Birthday

VGK forward scored with two seconds to play as Canada beat Slovakia, 6-5

by Gordon Weigers @GoldenKnights /

In the fading seconds of a back-and-forth affair against IIHF World Championship host Slovakia, Vegas Golden Knights forward Mark Stone fired a wrist shot into the top-right corner to give Canada a 6-5 victory.

Stone, who turned 27 on Monday, recorded his first goal of the tournament on the power play with just two seconds remaining in the game. The assistant captain for Team Canada posted his second point of the tournament on the game-winning goal.

Shea Theodore was named the player of the game for Canada as he recorded two points (1G, 1A). He is tied for the team lead in scoring with four points (1G, 3A) in three games.

Jonathan Marchessault scored a power-play goal in the victory and now ranks third among Canadian forwards with three points (2G, 1A).

Forward Nikita Gusev scored his second goal of the tournament for Russia during a 3-0 win against the Czech Republic. He's collected five points (2G, 3A) so far during the World Championship which is tied for seventh in the tournament.

Gusev and Russia return to action at 11:15 a.m. PT Wednesday to take on Italy while Canada is off until 7:15 a.m. PT Thursday for a matchup against France.

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