Scheifele scores 1G, 1A in blowout win over Norway; Ehlers dominant as Denmark wraps up tournament
Mitchell Clinton & Ryan Dittrick
The Winnipeg Jets have seven players participating in the 2017 IIHF World Hockey Championship, held in Paris, France and Cologne, Germany. Check back throughout the tournament for daily updates, highlights and more as Mark Scheifele, Josh Morrissey and Eric Comrie of Canada, Nikolaj Ehlers of Denmark, and Jacob Trouba, Andrew Copp and Connor Hellebuyck of the U.S. go for gold.
CANADA 5 vs. NORWAY 0
Two days after letting a 2-0 first period lead slip away against Switzerland, Canada wasn't about to let the same thing happen against Norway on Monday.
Once again the Canadians built up a 2-0 lead in the opening period, but this time, they built that lead all the way to a 5-0 win.
Mark Scheifele scored his first of the tournament and added an assist in the win, a game that saw Canada go a perfect four-for-four on the power play. Josh Morrissey played 13:30 and had two shots on goal.
After a potential goal from Wayne Simmonds was called off due to the net being dislodged, Simmonds found a way to play a role only a few minutes later on the man advantage. A point shot made its way through traffic, and after Simmonds kept the loose puck alive in front of the net, Brayden Schenn shovelled the rebound past Henrik Haukeland to get Canada on the board.
Colton Parayko scored Canada's second power play goal with 1:18 left in the first period. His first of the tournament came with Scheifele providing a screen in front of Haukeland. Parayko walked the blue line from the boards to the middle of the ice, and his wrister beat Haukeland on the glove side.
Scheifele got in on the scoring after winning an offensive zone face off and going right to the net. A shot from Mike Matheson was stopped by Haukeland, but Scheifele was right on the door step to work the rebound around the Norwegian goaltender's pad, and into the yawning cage.
The Canadian power play struck again in the second period, and once again, it was Parayko from the point. He took a pass from Nathan MacKinnon and wasted no time hammering it on net. With Scheifele and Ryan O'Reilly creating traffic in front, Haukeland didn't get a clear view of the shot before it beat him on the stick side.
O'Reilly would get in on the power play success in the third. The Buffalo Sabres forward sent a one-timer past Haukeland off a goal line pass from Scheifele to make it 5-0 Canada with 2:40 left in regulation.
Canada (5-0-1-0) wraps up its preliminary round schedule on Tuesday against Finland (2-2-1-1).
Nikolaj Ehlers and Team Denmark will not be among those competing for World Championship gold later this week, but on Monday - in their final appearance of the 2017 tournament - they scratch and clawed their way to one last victory.
A power-play goal by Nichlas Hardt broke a scoreless tie with only 2:24 to play in the third period as the Danes went on to an emotional 2-0 win over Italy. Peter Regin added one late, scoring one of the most unusual empty-net goals you'll ever see, and Sebastian Dahm made 16 saves for the shutout.
On the winner, Julian Jakobsen walked in off the far wall and made a great pass to Frederik Storm, who tapped it back across the goalmouth, giving Hardt a clean crack at the tap in.
Regin was credited with the empty-netter only 1:11 later, but it was Italian defenceman Alexander Egger that stumbled and put it softly into his own net.
What a soul-crushing way to go out. With the loss, Italy has been relegated to Division 1A.
Ehlers drew the penalty (and one other on the night) that led to the winning goal, and finished with a game-high eight shots on net. Among his many individual scoring chances, the winger came closest when he carried the puck with speed through a flock of Italian defenders, but had his wrister turned aside to keep the game in a 0-0 tie with under five to play.
Ehlers helped generate the best chance of the night for either team early in the first period, too, when he made a beautiful centering pass to Morten Madsen in the high slot, but his rip from the top of the circles just missed, bouncing first off the head of goaltender Andreas Bernard, and then the crossbar, before dribbling to safety.
The Danes outshot Italy 38-16, including 16-6 in a dominant final frame.