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 5 vs. GERMANY 2
Taylor Hall broke a 2-2 tie with 16:48 to play in the third period, helping Canada top Germany 5-2 in St. Petersburg.
Off a great feed from Oilers linemate Connor McDavid, Hall hammered a shot into the open net after the Germans were caught running around in the defensive zone. The Edmonton forward had two tallies on the night, giving him five in just four games to lead the Canadians in goal scoring.
Jets forward Mark Scheifele was ill and did not play.
Hall opened the scoring at 3:54 of the first period, rifling a shot just under the glove of German netminder Timo Pielmeier on a rush down the left side.
A power-play goal by Canadian captain Corey Perry put the red and white up by two early in the second. Perry, planted in front, redirected a Matt Duchene pass into the open side before being buried by German defender Denis Reul.
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It would stay that way for the next 10 minutes before the tide began to shift.
The Germans cut the lead in half with 8:29 to play in the middle frame as the right-shooting Patrick Reimer unloaded a one-timer from the high slot, beating goaltender Cam Talbot high over the blocker.
Talbot finished with 17 saves.
Sinan Akdag knotted the score late, pinning a shot glove side after being fed at the point by Philip Gogulla.
After Hall put Canada up 3-2 early in the third, Boone Jenner and Cody Ceci (PPG) scored the insurance markers at 6:49 and 13:17, respectively.USA 4 vs. FRANCE 0
Three goals in the final five-and-a-half minutes of the second period broke open a scoreless game, powering the USA past France 4-0 at Yubileiny Arena.
After missing one game with an upper-body injury, Jets forward Kyle Connor was held pointless with one shot and 8:43 of
ice time in his return to the lineup.
Chris Wideman opened the scoring with a power-play goal at 14:23. Nick Foligno found him with a backdoor pass, and he made no mistake, firing it five-hole on French goalie Florian Hardy.
Connor Murphy’s blast from the right point put the Americans up by two at 16:29, while Connor’s Michigan linemate, JT Compher, rounded out the scoring in the middle frame, recording his first of the tournament off a nifty feed from captain Matt Hendricks.
Brady Skjei put the US up 4-0 just 1:19 into the third, sifting a wrister through from the centre point past Hardy.
Goaltender Mike Condon made 19 saves for the shutout.RUSSIA 10 vs. DENMARK 1
In one of the most lopsided games of the tournament, Russia cruised to a 10-1 win over Denmark.
Artemi Panarin and Vadim Shipachyov led the way with five points each, while four others had multi-point efforts. Former Manitoba Moose forward Sergei Shirokov also scored in the win.
Danish goalie Simon Nielsen allowed all 10 goals, which came on 41 Russian shots.
Jets forwards Nikolaj Ehlers and Alexander Burmistrov each had an assist for their respective countries.
Russia was altogether dominant in the opening frame, scoring thrice and outshooting the Danes 19-2 after 20 minutes of play. While things evened out on the shot clock over the final 40 minutes, Russia added four goals in the second and three in the third.
Burmistrov recorded the assist on Nikita Zaitsev’s goal midway through the first period, giving him his first point of the tournament. Burmistrov finished with a +2 rating and was 4-6 (40%) in the faceoff circle in 14:13 of ice time.
Jannik Hansen had the lone goal for Denmark, with Ehlers picking up the assist for his third point of the tournament. Incredibly, Ehlers finished with an even rating (in a 10-1 loss!), along with four
of Denmark’s 17 shots, in 14:25 of ice time.
The win moves Russia into second place in Group A with nine points, two back of the Czech Republic for top spot.DRAFT WATCHAuston Matthews (USA)NHL Central Scouting's No.1-ranked prospect
Matthews picked up an assist on Connor Murphy's goal, giving him five points (2G, 3A) in four games.
-- Ryan Dittrick, WinnipegJets.com