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Worlds: Day 6 Recap

by Ryan Dittrick (@ryandittrick) / Winnipeg Jets


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CANADA 6 - SWEDEN 4


It took 53-and-a-half minutes for Canada to grab its first lead Wednesday night, but
boy, was it ever worth the wait.

In the most entertaining game of the tournament so far, the red and white rallied from three down to defeat Sweden 6-4 at the 2015 IIHF World Hockey Championship in Prague, Czech Republic.

Patrick Wiercioch (Ottawa Senators), Tyler Ennis (Buffalo Sabres) and Tyler Seguin (Dallas Stars) scored third-period goals
to propel Canada to victory.

Taylor Hall (Edmonton Oilers), Sean Couturier (Philadelphia Flyers) and Calder candidate Aaron Ekblad (Florida Panthers) had the others for Canada, while Anton Lander (Edmonton Oilers), Viktor Rask (Carolina Hurricanes), Filip Forsberg (Nashville Predators) and Oscar Moller (KHL)
tallied for Sweden.

Canada remains atop the Group A standings with a perfect 4-0-0 record. An impressive result considering how it all began.

Outshooting the Canadians 14-5 in what can only be termed a dominant display in the opening 20 minutes, Tre Kronor took a 3-0 lead into the first intermission.

It started early. Finishing off a give-and-go down low with Loui Eriksson (Boston Bruins), Lander opened the scoring, tip-toeing to the side to the net before sliding a shot under the pad of Mike Smith, putting the Swedes up 1-0 at 5:05.

Rask made it a 2-0 game with 2:39 to play as Oscar Klefbom (Edmonton Oilers)’s wandering backhand shot caught a piece of the pivot’s heel en route.

Twenty-eight seconds later, Forsberg looked off on a 2-on-1 with Eriksson, snapping a shot five-hole on Smith, who was caught deep in his net, cheating in anticipation of the pass across.

Smith made 28 saves on 32 shots.

Slowly, Canada began to crawl back – and it all started between the pipes in the front half of the second period. Shortly after the goaltender made a key stop off Lander to preserve the ill, but surmountable deficit, Ekblad scored a clutch goal.

The tide was turning, all right.

Hall was awarded a penalty shot after being hauled down on a breakaway by John Klingberg (Dallas Stars) with eight-and-a-half minutes left in the middle frame. The winger made no mistake, rifling a shot through the wickets of Anders Nilsson to cut the Swede lead to 3-2.

Hall and Forsberg share the tournament lead in goals with five.

Couturier levelled the score with a deflection at 14:23, but from the top of the far circle, Moller launched a wicked one-time shot over the glove of Smith to put the Swedes back in front less
than a minute later.

But it was all Canada from that point forward.

Wiercioch tied it up with a point shot at 10:24, setting the stage for the most dramatic of GWGs. On Canada’s only power-play chance of the night: Hall, to Ennis – shelf. 5-4.

Seguin added an empty-netter with 1:50 to play, sealing a 6-4 final.

Next up: Canada vs. France - Saturday, May 9 at 5:15am CT.

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