The Winnipeg Jets have five players participating in the 2016 IIHF World Championship, held in Moscow and St. Petersburg, Russia. Check back throughout the tournament for daily updates, highlights and more as Mark Scheifele (Canada), Nikolaj Ehlers (Denmark), Marko Dano (Slovakia), Alexander Burmistrov (Russia) and Kyle Connor (USA) go on the hunt for
The two top-ranked players for the upcoming NHL Draft are also taking part, with the consensus No. 1 Auston Matthews donning the red, white and blue, and Liiga playoff MVP Patrik Laine suiting up for Finland.For all your World Championship news, stats & more, stay locked on to WinnipegJets.com/Worlds.CANADA 7 vs. HUNGARY 1
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia via Canadian Press — Four goals in the span of 5:33 midway through the second period fuelled a 7-1 win for Canada over a determined Hungarian squad on Sunday
at the World Championship in Russia.
Returning to the top division for the first time in seven years, the Hungarians were enthusiastically supported by a loud, energetic crowd in Yubileiny Arena.
Early on, those fans had plenty of reason to cheer — Hungary was within one goal at the end of the first period and controlled play in the early stages of the middle frame.
"They're crazy," said Canadian captain Corey Perry of the raucous supporters in the arena. "They stayed with it the whole game. It's a lot of fun to watch."
Canada came out strong before Hungary pushed back. Mark Scheifele opened the scoring at 5:54 of the first period after taking a feed from Mark Stone in the slot on the power play.
(Scheifele added an assist to record his first two points of the tournament.)
Then Taylor Hall deked out Hungarian defenceman Bence Stipsicz and slid the puck past sprawling goaltender Zoltan Hetenyi, allowing Perry to make an the easy tap-in for his first goal of the tournament at 10:04.
Istvan Bartalis sent the Hungarian fans into a frenzy with 1:46 remaining in the first, narrowing the lead to 2-1 after firing a neat snap shot over the shoulder of Canadian netminder Calvin Pickard
after Matt Dumba was stripped of the puck at the end of a power play.
The Hungarians came out pressing in the second, but Pickard held the fort until Canada's offence took over on goals from Mark Stone, Brad Marchand, Derrick Brassard and Michael Matheson.
Hungarian starter Hetenyi was pulled in favour of Adam Vay after giving up six goals on 24 Canadian shots in 32:45 of action.
Taylor Hall rounded out the scoring at the 4:35 mark of the third period.
Matheson, a late addition to the team on defence, led all Canadian skaters with a goal and two assists and was a team-high plus-four in 11:20 of ice time.
"You don't want to overthink anything or put too much pressure on yourself," said the 2012 first-round draft pick of the Florida Panthers, who spent most of his first professional season with the AHL's Portland Pirates, of his role so far. "Whatever's given, you try to take it and do as much as you can with it."
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Another defenceman, Chris Tanev of the Vancouver Canucks, recorded one assist and was named Canada's player of the game.
"You can see the young guys leaning on him," said coach Bill Peters of 26-year-old Tanev, who's the veteran presence on a relatively inexperienced Canadian blue line. "I think he's been a stabilizing force for us and someone that we might be able to use in even more situations than we have up
to this point in the tournament."
Making his first start for Canada since the 2010 under-18 tournament, Calvin Pickard of the Colorado Avalanche stopped 21 of 22 Hungarian shots to record the win.
"He made a heck of a save on that two-on-one in the second period," said Perry of Pickard’s effort. "He stood in there tall, made some big saves when he needed to."
Canada is now 2-0 in St. Petersburg and riding a 12-game world championship winning streak. The team will get back to work on Monday against 0-2 Belarus.
In other early action on Sunday, Kazakhstan came close to earning its first-ever win against the Russians in world championship play before losing 6-4 in Moscow. Norway will face Switzerland
and Sweden meets Denmark in later games.
In Group B in St. Petersburg, Finland plays Germany and France takes on Slovakia..
-- The Canadian PressSWEDEN 5 vs. DENMARK 2
Nikolaj Ehlers opened the scoring with his first of the tournament, but Sweden rallied with five unanswered goals, handing the Danes a 5-2 defeat.
The goal – a power-play marker – was one of his five shots in 15:38 of ice time. His wrister from the near point was knocked down in front, but it pinballed in off a pair of Swedish defenders to
make it 1-0 Denmark.
But it was all Sweden from that point forward, scoring four in the middle frame – bookending the period with goals 1:27 apart early, then 1:54 apart in the waning moments.
After Gustav Nyquist made it a 5-1 lead midway through the third, Denmark's Jesper Jensen tallied in garbage time to ice a 5-2 final.
Tre Kronor’s top line of Mikael Backlund, Jimmie Ericsson and Linus Omark combined for seven points in the win.
-- Ryan Dittrick, WinnipegJets.comRUSSIA 6 vs. KAZAKHSTAN 4
Anton Belov's four-point (2G, 2A) night powered Russia to its first win of the tournament, a 6-4 decision over the now 0-and-2 Kazakhs.
Belov broke a 4-4 tie early in the third period before assisting on the insurance marker -- a power-play tally -- at 8:38, securing the victory.
Russian goalie Sergei Bobrovsky made 15 saves on 19 shots, while his counter, Kazakh 'tender Vitali Kolesnik, stopped 43 of the 49 he was peppered with in the one-sided contest.
Jets forward Alexander Burmistrov finished with two shots, and was 38 percent (5-8) in the faceoff circle in 13:21 of ice time.
-- Ryan Dittrick, WinnipegJets.comSLOVAKIA 5 vs. FRANCE 1
Marek Viedensky and Libor Hudacek combined for five points, while Libor’s brother, goaltender Julius Hudacek, made 28 saves, powering Slovakia to a 5-1 win over France.
Dangerous all night, Viedensky led the way with three assists.
France’s Jordan Perret opened the scoring just 1:09 into the game, but the Slovaks roared back with five unanswered goals, including two in just 48 seconds late in the middle frame, to improve to 2-0 in Group B.
Jets forward Marko Dano finished with two penalty minutes and just 5:55 of ice time. His night came to an end after a 24-second shift early in the second period. There is currently no update on his status (injury or otherwise), but we will pass along that information when it comes.
-- Ryan Dittrick, WinnipegJets.comDRAFT WATCHPatrik Laine (Finland)NHL Central Scouting's No.2-ranked prospect
Patrik Laine had two goals and one assist to help Finland top Germany 5-1. He now has four goals and six points in just two games, tying him with Jaromir Jagr for the most points ever scored
by a U-18 player at this tournament.
Again, in just two games.
-- Ryan Dittrick, WinnipegJets.com