Morrissey, Trouba tally a point each as Canada, U.S. earn victories
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 6 vs. BELARUS 0
Three games and three wins - just the start Canada was looking for at the IIHF World Hockey Championship.
The third win came Monday as the Canadians dropped Belarus 6-0. After recording a hat trick in Sunday's 7-2 win over Slovenia, Nathan MacKinnon picked up another pair of goals (and added an assist), Brayden Point had two of his own, while Jeff Skinner, and Claude Giroux added singles.
Josh Morrissey picked up his first point of the tournament, an assist, and played 13:12 in the win, while Mark Scheifele had 17:10 ice time.
Point opened the scoring just over five minutes into the first with a bullet of a one-timer from the top of the circle, with the pass coming off the backhand of Mitch Marner on the half wall.
MacKinnon scored his fourth goal of the tournament to put Canada up 2-0 on the power play. After working the puck around the zone, Marner threaded a cross-ice pass through the Belarus penalty kill, and MacKinnon's wrist shot beat a screened Mikhail Karnaukhov top corner on the glove side.
Canada made it 3-0 when Skinner's attempted pass went off a Belerussian skate at the hashmarks and was redirected right on goal. Karnaukhov reacted quickly, and was able to keep it out, but MacKinnon was right there to slap home the rebound for his second of the game.
MacKinnon factored in on the fourth goal as well, carrying the puck from the neutral zone, the 21-year-old MacKinnon beat Artyom Demkov wide, then slipped a backhand pass in front to Jeff Skinner, who quickly flipped it top corner.
Morrissey's assist came on the fifth Canadian goal, when he dished a pass from the blue line to Skinner, whose one-timer was stopped by Karnaukhov, but the rebound found its way to the stick of Giroux, who made no mistake on his first of the tournament.
Point rounded out the scoring with 5:18 to play.
Canadian goaltender Calvin Pickard stopped all 13 shots he faced to earn his first shutout of the tournament, while Karnaukhov made 39 saves on 45 shots.
Next up for Canada is a match up with France on Thursday, while Belarus (0-3) takes on Switzerland on Wednesday.
J.T. Compher broke a 3-3 tie with 8:13 to play in the third period as the United States handed Sweden its first regulation loss of the tournament, 4-3.
Compher got a piece of a Connor Murphy point blast, redirecting it past Viktor Fasth to give the Americans their first lead after overcoming three separate one-goal deficits.
Sweden then took several penalties in the dying minutes, negating any chance at a comeback.
Johnny Gaudreau led the way for the States offensively, scoring twice in the victory. Clayton Keller had the other goal and Jimmy Howard made 39 saves.
With the win, the U.S. improves to 2-1-0 for six points, leapfrogging the Swedes for third place in Group A.
Elias Lindholm had two goals in a losing effort for the Swedes.
Jets defenceman Jacob Trouba recorded one assist in 21:06 of ice time; Andrew Copp was held off the score sheet in 11:24.
The U.S. trailed Sweden 3-2 after the first period, but had a strong start to the second and quickly tied the game with a beauty off the rush at 2:57. The top line of Gaudreau, Jack Eichel and Anders Lee went to work, with all three getting a touch in the O zone before Eichel took over and delivered a magnificent, no-look backhand pass over to Gaudreau for the one-timer.
Lindholm drew first blood for the Swedes with a power-play goal at 2:14. With Avs captain Gabriel Landeskog supplying the screen in front, Lindholm walked in off the right circle and fired a shot high over the blocker, beating Howard just under the bar to make it 1-0.
But the U.S. replied only 1:07 later, as Keller tallied his fourth of the tournament. Trouba made a terrific play at the offensive blue line, drawing two defenders near the benches and filtering a pass through traffic to spring an odd-man opportunity.
On the ensuing 2-on-1, Eichel put a low shot into the pad to create a rebound, and Keller made no mistake on the opposite side, slamming it home to even the score.
Lindholm put the Swedes back in front on a similar play to his first goal at 13:23, but Johnny Gaudreau knotted things up for the Americans on a breakaway at 18:11. Trouba was once again the catalyst, creating a turnover with a big hit on Viktor Rask in the defensive zone, allowing Larkin to take over and hit Gaudreau with a long pass up the middle.
(Trouba was physical force all night, later serving up one of the biggest hits of the tournament as he stepped up on Lindholm in the neutral zone.)
Undeterred, Sweden got it right back and took a one-goal edge into the first intermission off a blast from Victor Hedman only 35 seconds later. After getting a pass from former Jet Carl Klingberg, the 26-year-old Norris Trophy finalist bombed a one-timer through traffic from the right-centre point, beating a screened Howard clean over the shoulder.
LATE HITS: After making 23 saves in a 7-2 victory Sunday over Nikolaj Ehlers and the Danes, Connor Hellebuyck backed up Jimmy Howard. … The U.S. lost Nick Schmaltz early in the first period after taking a blindside hit from Landeskog.