Sweden scored on Italy early and often during an 8-1 drubbing in Cologne to win its second-straight game at the 2017 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship after opening the tournament with two losses in three contests.
Sweden led 3-1 after 40 minutes before blowing the contest open with five goals in the third period. Sweden outshot Italy 45-15, including 18-3 in a decisive, dominating final period.
Lightning defenseman Anton Stralman picked up an assist and was plus-three with three shots in 21:51 to lead Sweden for time on ice. Stralman has four assists and is plus-five through five tournament games.
Bolts blueliner Victor Hedman was held without a point but had two shots and was plus-one in 20:10.
Hedman suffered a facial injury in a freak accident when his visor split in half and cut his face.
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Eight different skaters scored for Sweden.
Sweden now has three victories, a loss and a shootout loss through five preliminary games and occupies second place in Group A with 10 points, one point behind Russia although the Russians own a game in hand.
Czech Republic 5, Slovenia 1
The Czech Republic scored three goals in the opening period and led 4-0 after the second en route to a 5-1 victory over Slovenia in Paris.
Roman Horak scored a pair of goals to pace the Czech Republic, which moves to second place in Group B with 10 points, two behind Canada although Canada has a game in hand.
Denmark 3, Germany 2 (OT)
Peter Regin scored the overtime game-winner at 1:40 of the extra session to send Denmark to a 3-2 victory over host Germany in Cologne.
Frederik Storm and Morten Poulsen also scored for Denmark, which picked up its second overtime/shootout victory of the tournament against three losses.
France 4, Bulgaria 3 (S/O)
Host France notched a 4-3 shootout win on Stephane da Costa's shootout winner to move to five points in Group B.
Despite the shootout loss, Bulgaria picked up its first point of the tournament.