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Worlds: Day 10 Recap

by Staff Writer / Winnipeg Jets

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Sean Couturier had a goal and two assists as Canada remained undefeated at the world hockey championship with a 7-2 rout of Switzerland on Sunday.

Canada (6-0-0) clinched first place in Group A with the win.

Tyler Seguin, Nathan McKinnon, Aaron Ekblad, Jordan Eberle, Cody Eakin and Claude Giroux also scored as Canada used a balanced attack to beat the Swiss.

Morris Trachsler and Damien Brunner scored Switzerland's goals.

Canada finishes round-robin play Tuesday against Austria.

Seguin opened the scoring just 50 seconds into the game with his fifth goal of the season. Reto Berra failed to handle a Jake Muzzin shot cleanly and Seguin shovelled the loose puck into the net.

Switzerland drew level on a soft goal at the 6:21 mark. Trachsler put the puck on net from the boards at the goal-line, and the puck went pack fooled Canada goaltender Mike Smith and in the net.

McKinnon put Canada up 2-1 with 17 seconds left in the second period. McKinnon charged in on the left wing and fired a shot past his Colorado Avalanche teammate.

Ekblad extended Canada's lead to 3-1 when Couturier forced a deep turnover in the Swiss zone and found the young Florida Panthers defenceman in front of the Swiss goal.

Canada essentially put the game away with two goals in the final minute of the second. Eberle made it 4-1 with a power-play goal, putting in the rebound of a Sidney Crosby shot. Crosby's assist gave him at least a point in every game so far at the tournament.

Eakin extended Canada's lead to four goals when he out a rebound past Berra with less than a second to go before the second intermission.

Brunner gave Switzerland temporary life when he took control of a turnover caused by a Canadian defensive breakdown and poked the puck under Smith.

But that was as close as the Swiss would come as Couturier tapped in the rebound of a Tyler Toffoli shot to make it 6-2, and Giroux capped the scoring with a power-play goal.

Switzerland had a goal disallowed early in the first period following a lengthy review.




Brock Nelson scored twice and added an assist Sunday as the United States clinched a spot in the quarterfinal of the ice hockey world championship with a 3-1 victory over Slovenia.

Nelson has six goals at the tournament and leads the scoring chart together with Sweden's Filip Forsberg.

The U.S. team leads Group B with 15 points from six games, while Russia and Finland are tied for second with 12. Slovenia has zero.

Editor's Note: Jets prospect Connor Hellebuyck made 21 saves in the victory. The 21-year-old continues to lead the tournament with an incredible 0.75 goals-against average and .969 save percentage (stopping 93 of 96 shots) in the tournament.

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The Czech Republic also advanced to the knockout stage by beating Germany 4-2.

Captain Jakub Voracek scored the winning goal for the Czechs, who joined Sweden in second place of Group A with 13 points.

Editor's Note: Jets goaltender Ondrej Pavelec made 12 saves in the victory. As a result, Pavelec improves to 4-1-0, along with a 1.74 goals-against average and a .908 save percentage.

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