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Jets at the Worlds: Day 4

by Ryan Dittrick (@ryandittrick) / Winnipeg Jets


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 gold.

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 8 vs. BELARUS 0

Jets forward Mark Scheifele tallied two points as Canada cruised to an 8-0 win over Belarus to improve to 3-0 Monday at the IIHF World Hockey Championship.

Saving it for the highlight reel, Scheifele fed Mark Stone for the seventh of Canada’s eight goals, a filthy give-and-go midway through the final frame. The Senators forward stole the puck at the blue line before dropping a beautiful pass back to No. 55, who then returned the favour backdoor for the
tap-in.

Tic-tac-goal.

The Jet also helped set up a Ryan O'Reilly marker earlier in the period.

O’Reilly, Stone, Derick Brassard, Corey Perry, Matt Duchene, Taylor Hall and Michael Matheson were the goal-scorers, while goaltender Cam Talbot was perfect on 13 shots.

Canada scored one in the first, four in the second – including one on the power play, one shorthanded and two at even strength – and three in the third, outshooting their opponents 40-13 overall.

Belarus goalie Kevin Lalande was pulled after allowing five goals and 27 shots. Dmitri Milchakov took over for the third period, stopping 10 of 13.

In addition to the point, Scheifele was a force physically, dishing out a pair of mammoth hits on back-to-back shifts early in the second period. He finished with one shot in 13:48 of ice time.

Canada will now get a couple of days off before facing Germany on Thursday.

FINLAND 3 - USA 2

Leo Komarov broke a 2-2 tie with a power-play goal at 4:16 of the third period, vaulting the Finns to a 3-2 win over the United States.

Jets forward Kyle Connor did not play and is day-to-day with an undisclosed injury, according to Chris Peters of CBS Sports.

Mikko Koivu opened the scoring off a great feed from Mikael Granlund, firing it top shelf on American goalie Mike Condon from the top of the left circle. Antti Pihlstrom put the Finns up 2-0 just 2:48 later. Teemu Pulkkinen chased down a loose puck and laid a soft pass into the middle, where Pihlstrom gathered it and cracked a quick shot bar down, glove side.

AHL sniper Frank Vatrano cut the deficit to one with a bullet off the rush, beating Finnish goalie Mikko Koskinen short side at 13:45. The possible No. 1 pick in the upcoming NHL Draft, Auston Matthews, picked up the assist, turning the puck up ice after making a great defensive play.



Patrik Laine (left) and Auston Matthews (right). Photo courtesy Minas Panagiotakis/HHOF-IIHF Images

It would stay that way until the opening minute of the third period when Connor Murphy tied things up at two, one timing a feed from Patrick Maroon high over Koskinen’s right shoulder. 

But the Finns weren’t deterred. Komarov’s PPG put them back in front just 3:24 later.

The No.2-ranked prospect for the upcoming draft, Patrik Laine, was held off the score sheet for the first time in the tournament. He finished with three shots in 13:21 of ice time. Matthews, meanwhile, had the assist, along with two shots in 19:09.

RUSSIA 4 vs. LATVIA 0

Over in Group A, Calder Trophy candidate Artemi Panarin had four points (2G, 2A) to lead Russia to a convincing 4-0 win over Latvia.
Yevgeni Dadonov and Vadim Shipachyov scored the others, while goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky was perfect, stopping all 27 shots he faced.

Jets forward Alexander Burmistrov had two shots, two penalty minutes and went 6-7 (46%) in the faceoff circle in 13-and-a-half minutes of ice time.

-- Ryan Dittrick, WinnipegJets.com
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