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Canada wins its fifth straight

Anthony Cirelli picked up an assist in Canada's 3-1 win over Slovakia on Monday

by Bryan Burns /

Canada collected its fifth win in six games and secured its spot in the quarterfinal round following a 5-0 shutout victory over Denmark Monday at the 2019 IIHF World Championship in Slovakia.

Canada has won five straight after suffering a 3-1 loss to Finland on the opening day of the tournament to climb to second place in Group A. The Canadians wrap up round-robin play Tuesday against the United States.

Tampa Bay Lightning center Anthony Cirelli provided the second assist on Canada's fifth and final goal for his first helper and fourth point of the tournament. Mathieu Joseph played in his sixth-consecutive game for Canada.

Cirelli and Joseph were the only Lightning players in action Monday.

All eight Bolts are scheduled to play during Tuesday's final day of World Championship group stage action.

Nikita Kucherov, Andrei Vasilevskiy and Mikhail Sergachev will lead undefeated Russia against two-time defending tourney champion Sweden.

Cirelli and Joseph will go for Canada versus the United States. Ondrej Palat and Jan Rutta face off against Switzerland for the Czech Republic. And Erik Cernak and host Slovakia will square off against Denmark.

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