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McDavid, Matheson spark Canada at World Championship

Calder finalist has first two points of tournament in win against Hungary

by @NHL

Connor McDavid (Edmonton Oilers) had two assists and Canada scored four goals in 5:33 of the second period in a 7-1 win against Hungary in a Group B preliminary-round game of the 2016 IIHF World Championship at Yubileiny Arena in St. Petersburg on Sunday.

The two assists were McDavid's first points of the tournament. McDavid was named a finalist for the Calder Memorial Trophy, awarded to the top rookie in the NHL, on May 2.

Michael Matheson (Florida Panthers) had a goal and two assists. Mark Scheifele (Winnipeg Jets), Mark Stone (Ottawa Senators), Derick Brassard (New York Rangers) and Taylor Hall (Oilers) each had a goal and an assist. Captain Corey Perry (Anaheim Ducks) and Brad Marchand (Boston Bruins) also scored.

Canada (2-0-0-0) has won 12 consecutive World Championship games and has outscored the opposition 12-2 through two games in Group B, including a 5-1 win against the United States in the opener.

"We have to get a little bit better every period, every game," Perry told the IIHF website. "I thought we did that in the second and third."

Scheifele opened the scoring with a power-play goal at 5:54 of the first period after receiving a pass from Stone in the slot. Perry made it 2-0 with his first goal of the tournament at 10:04 before Istvan Bartalis cut Hungary's deficit to 2-1 when his slap shot beat Canada goalie Calvin Pickard (Colorado Avalanche) after defenseman Matt Dumba (Minnesota Wild) was stripped of the puck.

Canada took over the game in the second and chased Hungarian goalie Zoltan Hetenyi after Matheson made it 6-1.

"I thought we were able to adjust in the second period, and we capitalized on our opportunities," Matheson said.

Hall completed the scoring at 4:35 of the third period.

Pickard made 21 saves to win his IIHF World Championship debut for Canada, which plays Belarus (0-0-0-2) on Monday. Hungary (0-0-0-2) plays France on Tuesday.


Finland 5, Germany 1: Patrik Laine had two goals and an assist to lead Finland (2-0-0-0) in a Group B preliminary-round game at Yubileiny Arena in St. Petersburg.

Playing in his first World Championship, Laine also had two goals and an assist in Finland's 6-2 win against Belarus on Friday. His six points (four goals, two assists) lead all scorers. The last rookie to lead Worlds in scoring was Canada's Sidney Crosby (Pittsburgh Penguins) with 16 points in 2006.

Leo Komarov (Toronto Maple Leafs) had a goal and assist. Sebastian Aho (Carolina Hurricanes) and Jarno Koskiranta scored, and Jussi Jokinen (Florida Panthers) and Mikael Granlund (Minnesota Wild) each had two assists for Finland, which is seeking its first gold medal since 2011.

Finland plays the United States (1-0-0-1) on Monday. Germany (0-0-1-1) plays Slovakia on Tuesday.

Russia 6, Kazakhstan 4: Anton Belov had two goals and two assists in a Group A preliminary-round game at Ice Palace in Moscow.

The teams were tied 3-3 after the first period before Belov scored his first goal at 18:02 of the second. Belov's second goal at 3:57 of the third broke a 4-4 tie and his assist and Roman Lyubimov's goal at 8:38 provided the margin of victory.

Goalie Sergei Bobrovsky (Columbus Blue Jackets) made 15 saves for Russia (1-0-0-1), which outshot Kazakhstan (0-1-0-1) 49-19.

"Giving up four goals is a lot, and it's impossible to be happy with my game after giving up so many," Bobrovsky said. "But the most important thing is that we won, and we can move on to the next game."

Russia plays Latvia (0-0-2-0) on Monday. Kazakhstan plays Norway on Tuesday.

Norway 4, Switzerland 3, OT: Andreas Martenson scored with 1:37 remaining in overtime in a Group A preliminary-round game in Moscow.

Norway (0-1-0-1) rebounded from a 3-0 loss to Denmark on Saturday. The Swiss (0-0-2-0) rallied from a 3-1 deficit with two third-period goals, the second from defenseman Felicien Du Bois with 10 seconds left.

Defenseman Raphael Diaz (New York Rangers) had two assists for Switzerland.

Sweden 5, Denmark 2: Forward Mikael Backlund (Calgary Flames) scored twice, Linus Omark had three assists and Sweden (1-1-0-0) moved into a first-place tie with the Czech Republic (1-1-0-0) in Group A with a victory in Moscow.

Denmark (1-0-0-1) took a 1-0 lead into the second period before Sweden responded with four goals in 12 minutes.

Forward Gustav Nyquist (Detroit Red Wings) also scored and forward Jimmie Ericsson had two assists for Sweden. Nikolaj Ehlers (Winnipeg Jets) and Jesper Jensen scored for Denmark.

Sweden plays the Czezh Republic on Monday. Denmark plays Switzerland on Tuesday.

Slovakia 5, France 1: First period goals by defensemen Andrej Sekera (Oilers) and Dominik Granak gave Slovakia an early lead en route to a win in a Group B preliminary-round game at Yubileiny Arena in St. Petersburg.

France's Jordann Perret scored 1:09 into the game before Slovakia responded with five unanswered goals. Julius Hudacek made 24 saves for Slovakia (2-0-0-0), which plays Germany on Tuesday. France (0-1-0-1) also plays Tuesday against Hungary.

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