Today at the 2012 IIHF World Championships, Team Canada cruised to an 8-0 victory over Kazakhstan, while Team Sweden defeated Italy 4-0.
Teddy Purcell notched a goal for the Canadian side that made it 6-0 in the third period before Team Canada scored twice more before the final horn of regulation. Purcell also registered five shots on goal, his highest shot total of the tournament thus far, and earned a plus-1 rating in 15:15 of ice time.
Team Canada will now enter the quarterfinal round with a record of 5-0-1-0, good for 16 points.
Victor Hedman, who was also in action on Saturday, didn’t mark the score sheet but was integral in helping his native country blank Italy, as he recorded two shots, recorded a plus-1 rating and logged 16:30 of ice time.
Much like in Team Canada’s case, the Swedes’ victory moved them into the quarterfinals, while Italy was eliminated.
The action picks up again on Sunday with Team USA returning to the ice to take on Finland. Fans can tune into NBC Sports Network to root on Bolts forwards JT Brown and Nate Thompson as they try to advance their side into the next round. Both Team Canada and Team Sweden will have the day off.
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