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 vs. SLOVAKIA
Five games. Five wins.
Team Canada’s record at the IIHF World Hockey Championship improved to 5-0-0-0 following a 5-0 win over Marko Dano and Slovakia Saturday. The Canadians are tied atop Group B with Finland, also undefeated in the tournament.
Mark Scheifele had a goal in his first game back after an illness kept him out of Canada’s win over Germany on Thursday. Morgan Rielly, Matt Duchene, Taylor Hall, and Derick Brassard also added goals in the win.
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Scheifele’s reach and finesse was on display after he took a pass from Sam Reinhart, and reached around Slovakian forward Tomas Jurco, before hooking his blade around the puck and tucking it in the near side corner on netminder Julius Hudacek. The goal, Scheifele’s second of the tournament and fifth point, came with 1:25 to go in the second period, and extended Canada’s lead to 4-0.
Duchene made it 2-0 late in the opening frame, when he buried a one-timer off a turnover below the Slovakia goal line. Brad Marchand was the one to intercept a pass intended to go around the boards, then fed the puck out front to Duchene who made no mistake on his third goal of the tournament.
Hall scored for the fifth consecutive game when he tapped home a Mark Stone pass right in front of Hudacek. The power play marker was Canada’s seventh with the man advantage. The Canadians’ unit is ranked third at the Worlds so far.
Following Scheifele’s goal, Corey Perry circled the Slovakia zone and from the top of the circle, found Brassard in prime position to tap home Canada’s fifth unanswered goal of the game, making it 5-0.
Dano had 19 shifts for a total of just under 15 minutes of ice time in the loss.
Cam Talbot made 18 saves for his second shutout of the tournament. Hudacek stopped 28 of 33 Canadian shots on goal.
Next on the schedule for Canada is France on Monday. Slovakia (2-0-0-3), meanwhile, takes on Finland Sunday night.
RUSSIA vs. SWITZERLAND
Russia’s line-up received a boost prior to their match up with Switzerland, but it was a familiar face that paved the way to a 5-1 Russian win.
Alexander Ovechkin, Yevgeni Kuznetsov, and Dmitri Orlov joined the squad after Washington was eliminated from the Stanley Cup Playoffs, but Ivan Telegin’s pair of goals that put the Russian squad ahead for good.
Telegin, whose North American rights belong to the Jets after being drafted in 2010, scored twice, while Sergei Shirokov (who suited up for the former Manitoba Moose) added a tally of his own.
Shirokov found a loose puck in front of Swiss goaltender Reto Berra off a shot from Nikita Zaitsev. The 30-year-old Shirokov slid the puck past the outstretched leg of Berra just prior the net
coming off its moorings.
Alexander Burmistrov spent most of his 18 shifts and 10:44 of ice time on a line with Ovechkin and Kuznetsov. Burmistrov registered one shot, while Ovechkin assisted on Kuznetsov’s first of the tournament, which proved to be the game winner.
Berra made 33 saves on the 38 shots that came his way from the Russians, while Sergei Bobrovsky turned aside 34 of 35.
The win pushed Russia’s record to 4-0-0-1, two points back of Czech Republic for top spot in Group A.
Next up for the host Russians is a tilt with Norway (1-1-0-3) on Monday. DRAFT WATCH
Patrick Laine had a goal and an assist in Finland’s 3-1 win over France. The victory keeps Finland tied with Canada at the top of Group B at 5-0-0-0.
-- Mitchell Clinton, WinnipegJets.com