PARDUBICE, Czech Republic - Kyle Turris scored a pair of power-play goals to give Canada a 2-0 victory over Slovakia on Thursday, its second victory in as many days at the world junior hockey championship.
The win strengthened Canada's place atop Group A with six points. The host Czech Republic rebounded from Wednesday's opening-day loss to the Canadians to beat Denmark 5-2 and pull even with Sweden in second place with three points.
Elsewhere Thursday, Russia outlasted Kazakhstan 5-4 to climb alone atop Group B, while Finland outlasted Switzerland 4-3, prevailing in a penalty shootout.
Turris scored 54 seconds into the second period after combining with Karl Alzner and Drew Doughty. He added the insurance into an open goal with 6:40 remaining with more help from Doughty.
Kazakhstan jumped ahead 2-0 against Russia by 14:21 of the opening period on goals by Yevgeni Rymarev and Konstantin Savenkov before Russia rallied with three goals to in the second to take the lead midway through the period.
The two sides traded goals and Kazakhstan tied it a second time with 6:50 remaining when Mikhail Kachulin scored unassisted. Twenty seconds later, however, Yuri Alexandrov converted from close range for Russia.
In other games, Michael Frolik scored three in the first period helping to lead the Czechs over Denmark.
Juuso Puustinen scored his second goal of the tournament to spark a three-goal spurt by Finland, which overcame two-goal deficit and finally prevailed in the shootout. Jarkko Malinen put Finland ahead 3-2 at 3:05 of the third, but Gregory Sciaroni tied the game with 46 seconds remaining and sent the game into overtime and eventually the penalty shootout.