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Canada, coach Jon Cooper remain undefeated in regulation during pool play

Canada holds Norway to only 10 shots on goal in 5-0 win in Paris

by Bryan Burns / TampaBayLightning.com

Team Canada, coached by Lightning head coach Jon Cooper, moved back into sole possession of first place in Group B at the 2017 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship on Monday following a dominating 5-0 victory over Norway in Paris.

With the loss, Norway has been eliminated from the quarterfinal round, meaning Canada, the Czech Republic, Switzerland and Finland are guaranteed to move to the single-elimination portion of the tournament, which starts Thursday.

Canada outshot Norway 48-10, and goaltender Chad Johnson made all 10 stops to earn the shutout. Eight of Norway's 10 shots came in the first period. Norway went without a shot in the third period.

Canada scored four of its five goals on the power play, Colton Parayko netting two.

Brayden Point was held without a point in the win, the Lightning rookie earning 11:52 of ice time. Fellow Bolts teammate Alex Killorn had three shots in 13:59.

Canada concludes round robin play on Tuesday against Finland.

Russia 5, Latvia 0

Tampa Bay teammates Nikita Kucherov and Vladislav Namestnikov each scored a goal to lead Team Russia to a 5-0 shutout of Latvia in Cologne.

Kucherov also chipped in two assists for a three-point night. Kucherov has five points and six assists through six games and leads Russia for goals. He blasted a one-timer from the high slot for Russia's fourth goal on Monday.

Kucherov ranks tied for second overall for scoring at the World Championship behind only Russian teammate Artemi Panarin (3-10-13).

Namestnikov scored his third goal of the tourney against Latvia and now has five points overall. He is plus-seven through six games. Namestnikov scored Russia's third goal on Monday and took four shots in 15:03.

Andrei Vasilevskiy did not play versus Latvia.

Russia leapfrogged the United States and moved back into first place in Group A following its win Monday. The two Group A leaders will face off Tuesday to determine the group winner.

Latvia, tied with Germany in fourth place in Group A, can advance to the knockout stage with a win on Tuesday over the Germans in a game that will determine the last quarterfinal spot.

Denmark 2, Italy 0

Denmark secured its first regulation win of the tournament after scoring two late goals to defeat Italy 2-0 in Cologne.

Nichlas Hardt netted a power-play marker with 2:24 left in regulation for the game's first goal. Peter Regin added an empty-net insurance goal with 1:13 to go.

Both Denmark and Italy concluded its tournament on Monday as neither will advance to the quarterfinal round. Denmark finished with one win, two overtime/shootout wins and four losses. Italy went winless, dropping six games in regulation and one in overtime/shootout. The Italians were outscored 32-6 through seven tournament games.

France 4, Slovenia 1

France finished the World Championship with a victory in front of its home crowd in Paris on Monday, defeating Slovenia 4-1.

France, which had already been eliminated from quarterfinal contention, finished the tournament with two wins, two overtime/shootout wins and three losses.

Slovenia finished the tourney winless and in last place in Group B with just one point. 

 

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