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Hot hand: Vasilevskiy earns second consecutive shutout as Russia rolls

The Lightning goaltender stops 22 shots in Russia's 6-0 rout of Slovakia at the World Championship

by Bryan Burns /

Tampa Bay Lightning players have figured prominently in Russia's undefeated record through five games at the 2017 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship.

Russia won again on Saturday in Cologne, shutting out Slovakia 6-0 behind a 22-save effort from goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy. The Bolts No. 1 goalie recorded his second consecutive shutout during preliminary play at the World Championship.

Vasilevskiy joins Switzerland's Leonardo Genoni as the only tournament goalies to post two shutouts. Vasilevskiy's .953 save percentage ranks second and his 1.05 goals-against average third among tourney goalies with multiple starts.
Lightning forward Nikita Kucherov scored his fourth goal of the tournament at 2:53 of the second period to give Russia a 4-0 lead. Kucherov was plus-one with four shots in 19:43 time on ice against Slovakia. He ranks tied for fourth among all tournament skaters for goals.

Fellow Bolts forward and Team Russia compatriot Vladislav Namestnikov notched three shots and was plus-two in 14:08.

Russia has won its last four games by at least three goals and has four-straight regulation wins after opening the tournament with a shootout victory over Sweden. Russia leads Group A with 14 points, two points in front of second place United States.

Russia returns to the ice Monday to take on Latvia.
Switzerland 3, Canada 2 (OT)

Jon Cooper-led Team Canada suffered an upset loss to Switzerland, falling 3-2 in overtime in Paris.
Canada dropped its first game of the tournament.

Fabrice Herzog netted his second goal of the game 3:40 into overtime to complete Switzerland's come-from-behind victory.

Canada jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the opening period behind goals from Ryan O'Reilly and Mitch Marner, but Switzerland rallied to score twice in the third. Herzog got the Swiss on the board with a power-play marker at 6:37 of the final period. Vincent Praplan leveled the score 2-2 with 10:16 remaining in regulation.

Lightning forwards Alex Killorn and Brayden Point were held without a point and had two shots apiece in the overtime loss for Canada.

Switzerland pulled into second place in Group B with 11 points and trails Canada (13 points) by two points.
Canada returns to action Monday to face Norway.
United States 5, Latvia 3

The United States trailed Latvia 2-0 and 3-1 before scoring four-consecutive goals to rally and win 5-3 in Cologne.
Andrew Copp netted the game-winner for the United States with 3:22 remaining in regulation. Dylan Larkin added an empty-netter.

The United States has won four in a row after opening preliminary play with an upset loss to Germany. The Americans occupy second place in Group A with 12 points, two points behind Russia.
Finland 3, Norway 2

Finland earned a 3-2 overtime victory over Norway in Paris for its third tournament victory in five games. Markus Hannikainen scored at 1:55 of overtime for the game-deciding goal.

Finland occupies fourth place in Group B with nine points.

Norway's Andreas Martinsen scored with 29 seconds remaining to force overtime and salvage a point for his side.

Belarus 5, Slovenia 2

Belarus scored four goals in the second period to turn a 2-1 deficit into a 5-2 victory over Slovenia in Paris for its first win of the tournament.

Alexander Pavlovich scored a pair of goals and added an assist for a three-point day for Belarus.

With one overtime loss and five regulation losses through six games, Slovenia is guaranteed to finish last in Group B.

Germany 4, Italy 1

Matthias Plachta's power-play goal at 18:16 of the opening period proved to be the game-winner in Germany's 4-1 victory over Italy in Cologne.

Germany is tied with Latvia for fourth place in Group A although Latvia owns a game in hand.

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