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Russia, Czech Republic to face off for bronze

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The 2019 IIHF World Championship in Slovakia is a showcase for NHL players of the present, past and future who are not involved in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The 16-nation tournament began May 10 and runs through May 26.

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The tournament continued Saturday with the two semifinal games.

Canada 5, Czech Republic 1: Canada advanced to the final for the 10th time in 17 years, with goalie Matt Murray (Pittsburgh Penguins) making 40 saves on his 25th birthday at Ondrej Nepela Arena in Bratislava.

Canada will play Finland for the gold medal Sunday (2 p.m. ET; NHLN) after the Czech Republic faces Russia for the bronze (9:30 a.m. ET; NHLN).

Forward Mark Stone (Vegas Golden Knights) put Canada ahead 1-0 at 5:18 of the first period when he deflected a pass by defenseman Troy Stecher (Vancouver Canucks) past goalie Patrik Bartosak. Defenseman Darnell Nurse (Edmonton Oilers) made it 2-0 by scoring on a wraparound at 10 seconds of the second period, and center Pierre-Luc Dubois finished off a three-way passing play at 5:06 to give Canada a 3-0 lead.

Watch: Youtube Video

The Czech Republic pulled Bartosak, but replacement Pavel Francouz (Colorado Avalanche) allowed third-period goals by forward Kyle Turris (Nashville Predators) at 6:26 and defenseman Thomas Chabot (Ottawa Senators) at 13:00 to make it 5-0. Forward Tomas Zohorna ended Murray's shutout when he made it 5-1 by scoring on a breakaway at 13:59. It was the 14th goal allowed by Canada in nine games during the tournament.

"We stayed tight, Matt made some huge saves and we were able to capitalize on our opportunities," Nurse said, according to the official IIHF Twitter account. 

The championship game is a rematch; Finland defeated Canada 3-1 on May 10 in the first game of the tournament for both teams.

"They're such a hard-working team obviously," Nurse said. "They work well as a unit. … It's going to be a hard challenge, but one we're looking forward to. We lost to them in the first game, so it's good to be able to play them again."

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Finland 1, Russia 0: Finland advanced to the gold-medal game by winning the first semifinal at Ondrej Nepela Arena.

Forward Marko Anttila scored at 10:18 of the third period. Defenseman Henri Jokiharju (Chicago Blackhawks) took a shot from the right point that hit the leg of Russia defenseman Nikita Zaitsev (Toronto Maple Leafs). Anttila, Finland's captain, picked up the puck in the slot and beat goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy (Tampa Bay Lightning) through the five-hole.

"That was our plan, try to put pucks toward the net," Anttila said, according to the IIHF official Twitter account.

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Goalie Kevin Lankinen, who played this season with Rockford, Chicago's affiliate in the American Hockey League, made 32 saves for his second shutout of the tournament. He made a big save on Nikita Kucherov (Lightning) to preserve the lead after Russia pulled Vasilevskiy for an extra attacker in the final two minutes.

"At the end they had a lot of pressure in our zone," said Anttila, who scored the tying goal with 1:29 left in the third period in Finland's 5-4 overtime win against Sweden in the quarterfinals on Thursday. "Our goalie was unbelievable. He looked so confident. No rebounds. Everything was perfect."

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Russia lost for the first time after winning all seven games in the preliminary round and holding off the United States 4-3 in the quarterfinals. Russia's roster included three players -- Kucherov, Evgeni Malkin (Pittsburgh Penguins) and Alex Ovechkin (Washington Capitals) -- who've led the NHL in scoring; Finland's roster included two NHL players (Jokiharju and forward Juho Lammikko of the Florida Panthers), and neither has scored a goal in the League. 

Russia hasn't won gold since 2014.

"We're disappointed," defenseman Dmitry Orlov (Capitals) said, according to the IIHF official Twitter account. "Both goalies played great. We just couldn't [put] the puck in their net. It was a tough loss. We had several good chances to score. They have a good system, and we know that. We have a great team, great offense. It's just disappointing for us."

 

Sunday, May 26

Russia vs. Czech Republic (bronze medal), 9:30 a.m. ET (NHLN)

Canada vs. Finland (gold medal), 2 p.m. ET (NHLN)

 

Thursday, May 24

Canada 3, Switzerland 2 (OT): Mark Stone (Vegas Golden Knights) scored his second goal of the game 5:07 into overtime to put Canada into the semifinals with a win at Steel Arena in Kosice.

Canada will play Czech Republic at Ondrej Nepela Arena in Bratislava on Saturday (1 p.m. ET; NHLN).

During 3-on-3 play, Stone was driving to the net and got his stick on a pass from Pierre-Luc Dubois (Columbus Blue Jackets), deflecting the puck past goalie Leonardo Genoni.

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"It was a tough game," Stone told the IIHF website. "We used all 60 minutes to get it tied. Thought we controlled a good chunk of overtime, we really possessed the puck well. Pierre-Luc made an awesome play to bait the guy, used his speed and size and ultimately give me an easy tap-in."

Canada tied the game 2-2 on a goal by Damon Severson (New Jersey Devils) that was ruled to have crossed the goal line with 0.4 seconds remaining in the third period.

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"I saw the puck go in and that's all I could tell you, really," Severson said. "I didn't know how much time was left. I knew that it was going to be close to the end of the period, but it ended up being the tying goal with 0.4 left, so that was awesome."

Sven Andrighetto (Colorado Avalanche) scored a power-play goal to give Switzerland a 1-0 lead at 18:06 of the first period. Stone tied 1-1 it at 5:45 of the second period, but Nico Hischier (Devils) put Switzerland ahead 2-1 by scoring a power-play goal with three seconds remaining in the period.

Matt Murray (Pittsburgh Penguins) made 22 saves for Canada, which will play in the semifinals at Ondrej Nepela Arena in Bratislava on Saturday.

Genoni made 39 saves for Switzerland, which defeated Canada 3-2 in the semifinals at the 2018 Worlds.

"It was definitely very tough to play overtime [after that late goal]," Switzerland forward Nino Niederreiter (Carolina Hurricanes) said. "The momentum is obviously on their side, so you have to find a way to get it right back. It's tough to lose that way, but at the end of the day we had a chance to get it out and we didn't. We sacrificed, we blocked shots, but it just wasn't enough."

Russia 4, United States 3: Mikhail Sergachev (Tampa Bay Lightning) and Nikita Gusev (Vegas Golden Knights) had a goal and two assists to help Russia advance to the semifinals with a win at Ondrej Nepela Arena in Bratislava.

Russia will play Finland in Bratislava on Saturday (9 a.m. ET; NHLN).

Mikhail Grigorenko and Kirill Kaprizov (Minnesota Wild) scored, and Andrei Vasilevskiy (Lightning) made 29 saves for Russia.

Brady Skjei (New York Rangers), Noah Hanifin (Calgary Flames) and Alex DeBrincat (Chicago Blackhawks) scored for the U.S. Jack Hughes, projected to be the first player selected at the 2019 NHL Draft, had two assists and Cory Schneider (Devils) made 39 saves.

"I thought overall we played our best game of the tournament," U.S. coach Jeff Blashill (Detroit Red Wings) told USA Hockey's website. "It's tough to get in the early hole we did against a team like Russia, who is as good of a team as I've seen here over the last three years. But we really dug in and played a great second and third (period) especially. We had a terrific group and while we're disappointed, the future of hockey in our country is bright."

Gusev knocked a loose puck in the crease past Schneider 1:07 into the first period to give Russia a 1-0 lead. Sergachev made it 2-0 with a power-play goal at 15:46.

Watch: Gusev opens scoring for Russia vs. U.S.

Skjei scored at 2:22 of the second period to make it 2-1. Kaprizov scored 1:31 into the third to make it 3-1, but Hanifin's goal at 5:53 cut the margin to 3-2. Grigorenko scored to make it 4-2 at 7:02 of the third. DeBrincat got the U.S. within 4-3 when he scored at 17:10 with Schneider pulled for an extra attacker.

Finland 5, Sweden 4 (OT): Sakari Manninen scored 1:37 into overtime as Finland advanced to the semifinals and ended Sweden's hopes for a third straight championship in a game at Steel Arena in Kosice.

Finland will play Russia in Bratislava on Saturday (9 a.m. ET; NHLN).

Manninen led a 3-on-2 rush down the left side of the Sweden zone and from the left face-off dot beat Sweden goalie Henrik Lundqvist (New York Rangers) to the far side, past his glove.

Watch: Manninen wins it in OT for Finland

Finland trailed 4-3 and had goalie Kevin Lankinen pulled for an extra attacker when Marko Anttila knocked a loose puck in the crease behind Lundqvist with 1:29 remaining in the third period to tie it 4-4.

Watch: Antilla ties it late for Finland 

Niko Mikkoa (St. Louis Blues) gave Finland a 1-0 lead 1:00 into the first period, but Sweden tied it on a power-play goal by John Klingberg (Dallas Stars) at 2:38, and took a 2-1 lead when Patric Hornqvist (Pittsburgh Penguins) scored at 16:57.

Elias Pettersson (Vancouver Canucks) scored 25 seconds into the second period for Sweden to make it 3-1, but Finland tied the game 3-3 on goals by Petteri Lindbohm at 5:04 to make it 3-2, and Jani Hakanpaa at 9:08. Sweden went ahead 4-3 when Erik Gustafsson (Chicago Blackhawks) scored from the point through traffic with 25 seconds remaining in the second.

"We always believed," Finland forward Juho Lammikko told the IIHF website. "We had a lot of chances to put the puck in the net. You never quit until the final whistle. The game before us, you saw Canada score the tying goal with less than a second. It's a 60-minute game. We didn't let it bother us when they had the lead. Good things happen when you never give up."

Lundqvist made 27 saves for Sweden, which was trying to become the first team to win three straight World Championships since the Czech Republic from 1999-2001.

Lankinen made 14 saves for Finland.

Czech Republic 5, Germany 1: Jan Kovar had two goals and an assist as the Czech Republic reached the semifinals with a win at Ondrej Nepela Arena in Bratislava.

Czech Republic will play Canada in Bratislava on Saturday (1 p.m. ET; NHLN).

Jakub Voracek (Philadelphia Flyers), Dominik Kubalik (Chicago Blackhawks) and Ondrej Palat scored for the Czech Republic and Patrik Bartosek made 21 saves.

Frank Mauer scored for Germany. Philipp Grubauer (Colorado Avalanche) made 29 saves.

Kovar scored from between the circles to make it 1-0 at 13:41 of the second period, but Mauer tied it 1-1 at 17:46.

Voracek put Czech Republic ahead with the first of four third-period goals. He led a 3-on-1 rush and took a shot from the right side that Grubauer stopped, but Voracek scored on the rebound.

Watch: Voracek puts Czechs up 2-1

Kubalik made it 3-1 at 11:41, Palat increased the lead to 4-1 at 13:08 and Kovar scored his second of the game into an empty net with 10 seconds remaining.

"It's good that we were able to score some goals, and in the end we were able to put some space between us, but it wasn't a one-sided win and we all know that," Kovar told the IIHF website. "We're glad that we won, but we're not really all that excited about the way we played for the most part. We can play better and we'll need to play better."

 

Saturday, May 25

Semifinals

Russia vs. Finland, 9 a.m. ET (NHLN)
Canada vs. Czech Republic, 1 p.m. ET (NHLN)

 

Tuesday, May 21

Canada 3, United States 0: Canada locked up first place in Group A by defeating the United States at Steel Arena in Kosice, with goalie Matt Murray (Pittsburgh Penguins) making 28 saves.

Canada (6-0-0-1, 18 points) will play Switzerland, the fourth-place finisher in Group B, in the quarterfinals in Kosice on Thursday. The United States (4-1-0-2, 14 points) finished fourth and will face Group B winner Russia in Bratislava.

Pierre-Luc Dubois (Columbus Blue Jackets) scored 1:49 into the game to put Canada ahead 1-0. Kyle Turris (Nashville Predators) beat Cory Schneider (New Jersey Devils) at 8:02 for a 2-0 lead.

Watch: Stone to Dubois, 1-0 Canada

Jared McCann (Penguins) scored at 15:59 of the second period to give Canada a 3-0 lead.

Schneider finished with 33 saves. U.S. forward Dylan Larkin (Detroit Red Wings) left the game in the first period when he was hit by a slap shot from Canada defenseman Philippe Myers (Philadelphia Flyers) and did not return.

Germany 4, Finland 2: Leon Draisaitl (Edmonton Oilers) scored two goals, including the game-winner, and had an assist to help Germany defeat Finland and earn third place in Group A.

Draisaitl finished a give-and-go with teammate Leonhard Pfoderl when his shot from the right side went off the stick of Finland goalie Kevin Lankinen and into the net to give Germany a 3-2 lead at 4:46 of the third period. He scored an empty-net goal with 1:00 remaining to make it 4-2.

"One of our goals was to beat those top three teams in the group, and we managed to play pretty well today," Germany forward Marc Michaelis told the IIHF website.

Harri Pesonen gave Finland a 1-0 lead with a power-play goal at 15:05 of the first period but Michaelis scored to tie it for Germany at 17:04. Juhani Tyrvainen put Finland ahead 2-1 at 4:07 of the second period, but Draisaitl set up Dominik Kahun (Chicago Blackhawks) for a goal at 13:13 to tie it 2-2.

"Germany was that much better than us today," Finland forward Sakari Manninen said. "We have to respect that result, put it behind us and move on to the next game."

Philipp Grubauer (Colorado Avalanche) made 39 saves for Germany (5-0-0-2), which finished third and will play the Czech Republic, which finished second in Group B, in the quarterfinals in Bratislava.

Lankinen made 17 saves for Finland (5-0-1-1), which finished second in Group A and will play Sweden, the third-place finisher in Group B, in its quarterfinal game in Kosice.

Watch: Germany 4, Finland 2

Slovakia 2, Denmark 1 (SO): Ladislav Nagy and Michal Kristoff scored in the shootout for Slovakia in their Group A game.

Nagy, Slovakia's third shooter in the shootout, beat Denmark goalie Sebastian Dahm with a shot under the crossbar. Kristoff followed with a goal in the fourth round to clinch the win.

Martin Marincin (Toronto Maple Leafs) scored with 56 seconds remaining in the second period to give Slovakia a 1-0 lead. Mikkel Boedker (Ottawa Senators) tied the game for Denmark with a 5-on-3 power-play goal at 6:41 of the third period.

Denis Godla made 13 saves and stopped all four Denmark shooters in the shootout for Slovakia (3-1-0-3), which finished fifth in Group A with 11 points. The top four teams from each group advance to the quarterfinals.

Dahm made 27 saves for Denmark (1-1-1-4), which was sixth in the group with six points.

Russia 7, Sweden 4: Russia scored six goals in the second period at Ondrej Nepela Arena in Bratislava to complete an undefeated preliminary round and win Group B.

After two-time defending champion Sweden (5-0-0-2, 15 points) took a 1-0 lead on Gabriel Landeskog's (Avalanche) goal at 7:32 of the first period, Russia scored six times on 20 shots against Jacob Markstrom (Vancouver Canucks) in the second. Artem Anisimov (Blackhawks) tied the game 1-1 at 57 seconds of the second period, and Evgeni Dadonov (Florida Panthers) put Russia ahead 2-1 at 4:10.

Alex Ovechkin (Washington Capitals) made it 3-1 at 8:52, Kirill Kaprizov, selected by the Minnesota Wild in the fifth round (No. 135) of the 2015 NHL Draft, gave Russia a 4-1 lead at 14:39, and goals 30 seconds apart by Mikhail Grigorenko and Evgeni Malkin (Penguins) made it 6-1 for Russia after two periods.

Sweden got a goal by William Nylander (Maple Leafs) at 12:02 of the third period to make it 6-2, but Dmitry Orlov (Capitals) made it 7-2 at 12:57. Oliver Ekman-Larsson (Arizona Coyotes) and John Klingberg (Dallas Stars) scored late goals for Sweden against Andrei Vasilevskiy (Tampa Bay Lightning), who finished with 33 saves.

Russia (7-0-0-0, 21 points) will play the United States in its quarterfinal match in Bratislava. Sweden (5-0-0-2, 15 points) finished third in Group B and will face Group A runner-up Finland in Kosice.

Czech Republic 5, Switzerland 4: Jan Rutta (Lightning) scored a game-winning empty-net goal with 1:27 remaining in the third period of its Group B preliminary round game.

Switzerland had pulled goalie Robert Mayer for an extra attacker after Nino Niederreiter (Carolina Hurricanes) tied it 4-4 at 16:19. Switzerland needed the regulation win to have a chance to finish as high as third in the group. With 12 points (4-0-0-3), Switzerland will finish fourth and face Group A winner Canada in the quarterfinals in Kosice.

Watch: Nino Niederreiter ties it up with 3:41 to go!

Dominik Simon (Penguins) and Jakub Voracek (Flyers) each had a goal and two assists for the Czech Republic, and Michael Frolik (Calgary Flames) had a goal and an assist. Patrik Bartosak made 36 saves.

Tristan Scherwey had two goals and an assist for Switzerland and Lino Martschini had three assists. Reto Berra made 14 saves on 17 shots but was pulled 6:20 into the second period. Mayer made seven saves on eight shots.

The Czech Republic (6-0-0-1, 18 points) finished second to Russia, the only team to win all seven preliminary-round games, and will face Germany in the quarterfinals in Bratislava.

"For us, it's been a great first seven games so far," Voracek said, "but we'll see what's going to happen on Thursday [in the quarterfinals]."

Latvia 4, Norway 1: Latvia scored three times in the third period to win its Group B finale.

Janis Jaks gave Latvia a 2-1 lead at 6:59 of the third period when he redirected a shot by Uvis Balinskis past Norway goalie Henrik Haukeland. Rihards Marenis made it 3-1 with a goal 57 seconds later, and Ronalds Kenins scored to make it 4-1 at 14:13.

Watch: Janis Jaks Gets Go-Ahead

Miks Indrasis scored in the second period and had two assists, and Elvis Merzlikins (Blue Jackets) made 19 saves for Latvia (3-0-0-4) which finished fifth in Group B with nine points. Neither team advanced to the quarterfinals.

Tobias Lindstrom scored and Haukeland made 34 saves for Norway (2-0-0-5), which finished sixth with six points.

 

Monday, May 20

Canada 5, Denmark 0: Sam Reinhart (Buffalo Sabres) scored two goals for Canada, which won its fifth straight game in preliminary round play in Group A at Steel Arena in Kosice.

Jonathan Marchessault (Vegas Golden Knights) had a goal and an assist, and Pierre-Luc Dubois (Columbus Blue Jackets) and Jared McCann (Pittsburgh Penguins) scored for Canada, which plays the United States on Tuesday.

"It's still a game," forward Adam Henrique (Anaheim Ducks) told the IIHF website. "You can't look past it, no matter who you're playing the next day. We did a good job coming out and getting the lead and going from there. We'll see what we need to be better in and get ready for tomorrow. It's a huge game for us. It will be more of our style, a little more familiar, so everyone will have to play their best."

Carter Hart (Philadelphia Flyers) made 21 saves for Canada. Mackenzie Blackwood (New Jersey Devils) played the final 9:04 of the third period and made three saves.

Dubois opened the scoring one minute into the game, and McCann made it 2-0 when he scored from the hash marks at 6:06. Marchessault, who set up Dubois' goal, redirected a shot by Damon Severson (Devils) to make it 3-0 at 8:23.

Watch: Dubois opens scoring for Canada

Reinhart scored a power-play goal at 13:53 of the second period to make it 4-0 and at 4:34 of the third period he redirected a shot by Philippe Myers (Flyers) to make it 5-0.

Canada (5-0-0-1) is second in Group A with 15 points, one behind first-place Finland.

"The games are going to start to be more intense and physical, and we have to be ready for that," Marchessault said. "I think we've gotten better, for sure. We've adapted to the big ice, and we're playing smart hockey."

Patrick Galbraith made 29 saves for Denmark (1-1-0-4), which is sixth in Group A with five points.

Great Britain 4, France 3 (OT): Benjamin Davies scored at 2:03 of overtime to cap Great Britain's rally from down 3-0 in Group A at Steel Arena.

Jonathan Phillips carried the puck down the left side into the France zone. He got knocked off the puck but recovered and centered it to Davies, who beat goalie Florian Hardy.

Watch: Davies scores OT winner

"[Losing 3-0] we were a little bit frustrated because we felt that we were in the game," Davies said. "We were playing well but we just needed to correct a couple of wrongs and stick with it. We know we have a team to compete at this level so we just tried to stick with it, do the right things and we got it done in the end."

France took the lead on two goals by Anthony Rech and one by Sacha Treille in a 4:01 span early in the second period.

Robert Dowd started the comeback for Great Britain with a goal at 14:59 of the second. Mike Hammond made it 3-2 at 18:04.

Great Britain tied the game 3-3 on Robert Farmer's goal at 5:16 of the third period.

Ben Bowns made 33 saves for Great Britain, which won its first game of the tournament (0-1-0-6) and assured itself a spot in the 2020 World Championship. Hardy made 26 saves for France (0-0-2-5), which is last in Group A.

Sweden 5, Latvia 4: Dennis Rasmussen scored an empty-net goal with 34 seconds remaining in the third period for Sweden in a Group B preliminary-round game at Ondrej Nepela Arena in Bratislava.

Latvia had pulled its goalie shortly after Roberts Bukarts scored his third goal of the game at 16:36 of the third to tie it 4-4 because it needed a regulation win by at least two goals to assure itself of a spot in the quarterfinals.

"It's a little bit differently, obviously, but we knew that they needed the win," Sweden defenseman Mattias Ekholm (Nashville Predators) said. "We knew that we needed one point to qualify for quarters. So in an even game with two minutes to go, I figured they'd pull the goalie and go all-in for it."

Elias Pettersson (Vancouver Canucks), Adrian Kempe (Los Angeles Kings), Patric Hornqvist (Pittsburgh Penguins) and Anton Lander scored for Sweden. William Nylander (Toronto Maple Leafs) had two assists.

Janis Jaks also scored for Latvia (2-0-0-4), which has six points and is tied with Norway for fifth in Group B.

"Our goal was to win the game and get three points to keep our chances alive for the quarterfinals," Latvia captain Lauris Darzins said. "I think we gave it everything we had. We went out each shift and tried to play three quality periods to give ourselves the best chance. I'm proud of the guys on our team. It's just too bad it wasn't quite enough."

Henrik Lundqvist (New York Rangers) made 25 saves for Sweden, which won its fifth straight game (5-0-0-1) and with 15 points is tied with the Czech Republic for second in Group B. Russia is first with 18 points.

Kristers Gudlevskis made 29 saves for Latvia. Elvis Merzlikins (Columbus Blue Jackets) made one in relief.

Italy 4, Austria 3 (SO): Sean McMonagle scored in the seventh round of the shootout as Italy won its first game of the tournament in a Group B game at Ondrej Nepela Arena in Bratislava.

"In hockey, the emotional highs and lows you go through are crazy," McMonagle said. "I missed the first one, which I was upset about. I thought I had a lot of net and just didn't make it count. And then, you get rewarded with another opportunity shortly afterwards and I was able to finish that one. So it's an awesome feeling."

The victory guarantees Italy (0-1-0-6), which is seventh in Group B with two points, will return for the 2020 World Championship.

Anthony Bardaro, Simon Kostner and Marco Rosa scored for Italy. Andreas Bernard made 38 saves and stopped five shots in the shootout.

Michael Raffl (Philadelphia Flyers) had two goals for Austria, Manuel Ganahl scored, and David Kickert made 19 saves.

Austria (0-0-1-6) is last in Group B with one point.

 

Sunday, May 19

United States 3, Germany 1: The United States clinched a spot in the quarterfinals and eliminated host Slovakia with a victory against Germany in a Group A game. Dylan Larkin (Detroit Red Wings) and Jack Eichel (Buffalo Sabres) scored third-period goals to break a 1-1 tie. James van Riemsdyk (Philadelphia Flyers) also scored, Alec Martinez (Los Angeles Kings) had two assists, and Cory Schneider (New Jersey Devils) made 24 saves for the U.S. (4-1-0-1).

"This is where it gets fun," Schneider told the IIHF website. "Every game has been a different challenge and we've learned some lessons along the way, but this is a game we had to have. It's 1-1 late in the third, we didn't buckle under the pressure or panic. We stuck with our game plan and Larkin had a huge goal and our power play has been dynamite all tournament."

The U.S. ends preliminary round play against Canada on Tuesday (2 p.m. ET; NHLN).

"It will be a good game," Schneider said. "We've had some good tests and we're trying to build our game as the tournament goes. We're very familiar with a lot of their players and they play a similar style to us. There will be a lot on the line in terms of the seeding, so it will be an important game for both sides."

Frederik Tiffles opened the scoring at 11:55 of the first period on an assist from Leon Draisaitl (Edmonton Oilers), but Germany was shut down the rest of the game.

Despite the loss, Germany (4-0-0-2, 12 points) also advanced to the quarterfinals with Finland and Canada, though seeding is to be determined.

"I thought we played pretty well, but we didn't get the push we wanted at the end, but other than that we played a solid game," Draisaitl said. "In the end, they battled harder, competed a little harder.

"You try to give yourself the best situation you can going into the playoffs, but it's not really in our hands. We'll try to finish out the round robin on a high note in two days [against Finland] and see where we're at."

Watch: Larkin go-ahead goal

Czech Republic 8, Austria 0: Radek Faksa (Dallas Stars), Jan Kolar and Dominik Kubalik each had three points, and Pavel Francouz made 16 saves for the Czech Republic (5-0-0-1).

Jakub Voracek (Philadelphia Flyers), Radko Gudas (Flyers) and Flip Hronek each had two assists, and Michal Repik scored twice for the Czech Republic (5-0-0-1).

"In games like this we just have to try to play our systems and prepare for the upcoming games," Czech Republic forward Jakub Vrana (Washington Capitals) said. "We have a pretty good defense behind us and we're just trying to play our best hockey. It doesn't matter if we win 8-0 or 1-0, we just want to keep getting the wins and reach the quarter-finals in the best position we can."

The Czech Republic plays Switzerland on Tuesday (6 a.m. ET; NHLN).

Austria fell to 0-0-0-6 while allowing 36 goals in the tournament.

Czech Republic 8, Austria 0

Finland 3, France 0: Kevin Lankinen made 21 saves for Finland (5-0-1-0), which also got goals from Joel Kiviranta, Niko Mikkola and Jere Sallinen to take over first place in Group A with 16 points.

Florian Hardy made 44 saves for France (0-0-1-5).

Russia 3, Switzerland 0: Russia (6-0-0-0) remained undefeated in Group B thanks to two goals from Nikita Kucherov (Tampa Bay Lightning) and a 31-save shutout by Alexandar Georgiev (New York Rangers). The 23-year-old goalie has stopped all 46 shots he's faced in two games.

Artem Anisimov (Chicago Blackhawks) opened the scoring at 3:36 of the first period and had two points (one goal, one assist). Nikita Gusev (Vegas Golden Knights) had two assists.

Leonardo Genoni made 31 saves for Switzerland (4-0-0-2).

 

Saturday, May 18

United States 7, Denmark 1: Jack Hughes, the potential No. 1 pick at the 2019 NHL Draft, got his first point of the tournament in a Group A game at Steel Arena in Kosice.

Alex DeBrincat (Chicago Blackhawks) had two goals and an assist, and Patrick Kane (Blackhawks) had three assists for the U.S. Ryan Suter (Minnesota Wild) had two assists, and Cory Schneider (New Jersey Devils) made 21 saves.

"[Schneider] made a couple of big saves early, and I thought overall we got better as the game went on and picked up an important three points," U.S. coach Jeff Blashill (Detroit Red Wings) told the IIHF website. "We can still tighten up a little defensively, but overall I thought we made some good strides today."

Frank Vatrano (Florida Panthers) and DeBrincat scored 29 seconds apart midway through the first period to give the U.S. a 2-0 lead.

Clayton Keller (Arizona Coyotes) made it 3-0 at 14:24 of the first, and Chris Kreider (New York Rangers) gave the U.S. a 4-0 lead at 18:49 off a pass from Hughes.

The four goals by the U.S. came on eight shots against goalie Simon Nielsen, who was pulled in favor of Patrick Galbraith after the first period. Galbraith made 11 saves.

Nick Oleson scored for Denmark (1-1-0-3, 5 points) 4:50 into the second, but the U.S. responded with goals from DeBrincat and Dylan Larkin (Red Wings) midway through the period to give the U.S. a 6-1 lead.

Jack Eichel (Buffalo Sabres) scored at 11:19 of the third period for the 7-1 final.

The U.S. (3-1-0-1, 11 points) needs two more points over its final two games to reach the quarterfinals.

Russia 3, Latvia 1: Nikita Kucherov (Tampa Bay Lightning) had a goal and an assist, and Russia defeated Latvia for its fifth straight win in a Group B game at Ondrej Nepela Arena in Bratislava.

Dmitry Orlov (Washington Capitals) and Nikita Gusev (Vegas Golden Knights) also scored for Russia, and Andrei Vasilevskiy (Lightning) made 26 saves for his fourth win of the tournament.

Oskars Cibulskis scored 10:28 into the game for Latvia (2-0-0-3, 6 points) to end Russia's shutout streak at 192:41.

But Russia responded with three unanswered goals in the second, starting with Orlov's goal at :27. Gusev gave Russia a 2-1 lead at 3:50, and Kucherov scored 12:40 for the 3-1 final.

"Of course, a game like that feels a bit like a playoff game," Russia defenseman Nikita Zadorov (Colorado Avalanche) said. "Latvia has a good team, well-drilled, disciplined. They fought to the end. It was hard work, and [Vasilevskiy] kept us in it at times. It could have gone the other way today."

Kucherov, who led the NHL with 128 points (41 goals, 87 assists) this season, has 12 points in the tournament.

Russia (5-0-0-0) is atop Group B with 15 points.

Canada 8, Germany 1: Mark Stone (Vegas Golden Knights) had a hat trick, and Anthony Mantha (Detroit Red Wings) scored two goals in Canada's win against Germany at Steel Arena.

Thomas Chabot (Ottawa Senators), Sam Reinhart (Buffalo Sabres) and Anthony Cirelli (Tampa Bay Lightning) also scored for Canada (4-0-0-1, 12 points), which moved into a tie with Germany for second place in Group A. Dylan Strome (Chicago Blackhawks) and Jonathan Marchesseault (Golden Knights) each had two assists, and Matt Murray (Pittsburgh Penguins) made 15 saves.

Yasin Eliz scored and Niklas Treutle made 41 saves for Germany (4-0-0-1, 12 points), which lost for the first time in the tournament.

Chabot opened the scoring at 2:01 of the first period before back-to-back goals from Stone at 16:43 and then 6:02 of the second gave Canada a 3-0 lead.

"We had a good start as a team, and our team has gotten better every day," Stone said. "I think you're going to see a lot of our guys start to have some individual success, because our team is gelling as a group.

"This was probably our best 60-minute effort. I thought we were good from start to finish. We want to be playing our best hockey when he hit the medal round."

Eliz got Germany on the board at 18:01 of the second, but Stone completed the hat trick 48 seconds later to make it 4-1.

Mantha scored twice in 1:54 early in the third to extend Canada's lead to 6-1.

Reinhart scored at 5:28 of the third, and Cirelli made it 7-1 at 13:10.

Norway 7, Italy 1: Stefan Espeland had a goal and an assist in Norway's win against Italy in a Group B game at Ondrej Nepela Arena.

Andreas Martinsen (Blackhawks) had two assists, and Henrik Holm saved 19 of 20 shots for Norway (2-0-0-4, 6 points).

Norway held a 1-0 lead after two periods on a goal by Alexander Reichenberg at 5:23 of the first before it scored six in the third.

Angelo Miceli scored for Italy (0-0-0-6, 0 points). Andreas Bernard made 28 saves.

Sweden 4, Switzerland 3: Oliver Ekman-Larsson (Arizona Coyotes) broke a tie with 8:13 remaining in the third period in Sweden's Group B win against Switzerland at Ondrej Nepela Arena.

Ekman-Larsson scored 1:20 after Gaetan Haas tied the game for Switzerland.

William Nylander (Toronto Maple Leafs) had a goal and an assist, and Erik Gustaffsson and Alexander Wennberg also scored for Sweden (4-0-0-1, 12 points). Henrik Lundqvist (New York Rangers) made 21 saves.

"We played to our strength in the third. We didn't panic," Sweden defenseman Mattias Ekholm (Nashville Predators) said. "We kept going. In the end, that paid dividends."

Sven Andrighetto (Avalanche) and Joel Genazzi also scored for Switzerland, which lost for the first time in the tournament (4-0-0-1, 12 points). Reto Berra made 25 saves.

Slovakia 7, Great Britain 1: Seven players scored, and Denis Godla made 16 saves for Slovakia in its Group A win against Great Britain at Steel Arena.

Andrej Sekera (Edmonton Oilers), Tomas Tatar (Montreal Canadiens), Martin Marincin (Maple Leafs), Michal Cajkovsky, Marian Studenic (New Jersey Devils), Matus Sukel and David Bondra scored for Slovakia (3-0-0-3, 9 points).

Slovakia raced to a 2-0 lead in the first period on goals by Sekera (2:04) and Tatar (2:25) 11 seconds apart. Marincin made it 3-0 at 9:02.

"We handled the situation well," Tatar said. "We had a good start, got up 3-0. We let things go after that for a while. That can happen in a game like this. We just played for our fans and enjoyed the moment."

Mike Hammond scored late in the first period for Great Britain (0-0-0-6, 0 points). Jackson Whistle allowed four goals on 22 shots; Ben Bowns made nine saves.

Slovakia will not reach the quarterfinals if the U.S. defeats Germany on Sunday.

 

Friday, May 17

Finland 5, Great Britain 0: Five players scored, and Jussi Olkinuora made 12 saves for the shutout, helping Finland defeat Great Britain in their preliminary round game and move into first place in Group A.

Toni Rajala scored a power-play goal 24 seconds into the second period to put Finland ahead 1-0. Atte Ohtamaa made it 2-0 at 5:08, and Joel Kiviranta's goal at 14:59 gave Finland a 3-0 lead after two periods.

Kristian Kuusela scored an empty-net goal at 17:27 of the third period to make it 4-0, and Mikko Lehtonen had a power-play goal with 11 seconds remaining.

Finland (4-0-1-0, 13 points) is one point ahead of Germany, which has played one fewer game. Ben Bowns made 44 saves for Britain (0-0-0-5, 0 points).

Slovakia 6, France 3: Richard Panik (Arizona Coyotes) scored a goal and had two assists to help Slovakia defeat France at Steel Arena in Kosice in their Group A preliminary round game.

Panik gave Slovakia a 1-0 lead when he scored a power-play goal at 13:25 of the first period, and Matus Sukel made it 2-0 at 19:10. Panik and Erik Cernak (Tampa Bay Lightning) assisted on Libor Hudacek's power-play goal at 5:31 of the second period that gave Slovakia a 3-0 lead.

Watch: Panik opens scoring for Slovakia

"We said before the game we have to play a simple game, play most of the game in the offensive zone, which we did except for the second period when we weren't that aggressive," Slovakia defenseman Martin Fehervary (Washington Capitals) told the IIHF website. "I played my first World Junior Championship in Toronto when there were 15,000 fans, but this is my home. I'm from Kosice and we have some of the best fans in the world. It's really amazing to play in front of our fans."

France cut the lead to 3-1 when Antonin Manavian scored at 12:16 and made it 3-2 on a power-play goal by Alexandre Texier (Columbus Blue Jackets) at 15:09. But Cernak, Michal Cajkovsky and Ladislav Nagy each scored in the first 5:41 of the third period to give Slovakia a 6-2 lead before Texier set up a goal by Anthony Rech at 17:50 to make it 6-3.

"Overall we played a good game, but we have to play 60 minutes if we want to win the game," Texier said. "Tonight we played 40, 45 minutes. That's not enough against a team like Slovakia."

Patrik Rybar made 17 saves for Slovakia (2-0-0-3, six points). Florian Hardy allowed six goals on 23 shots for France (0-0-1-4, one point) before being replaced by Henri Corentin Buysse at 5:41 of the third period. Buysse made four saves.

Czech Republic 8, Italy 0: Michael Frolik (Calgary Flames) had two goals and two assists for the Czech Republic against winless Italy in their Group B preliminary round game.

Dmitrij Jaskin (Washington Capitals) scored twice and had an assist for the Czech Republic (4-0-0-1, 12 points), and Jakub Voracek (Philadelphia Flyers) had two assists. Frolik and Jaskin each scored in the Czech Republic's four-goal second period and scored goals 16 seconds apart in the third period.

Marco de Filippo Roia made 40 saves for Italy (0-0-0-5, 0 points), which was outshot 48-15 and has been outscored 38-0 in its five losses.

Norway 5, Austria 3: Norway won its first game of the tournament and kept Austria winless with a Group B preliminary round victory at Ondrej Nepela Arena in Bratislava.

Christian Bull scored three goals for Norway (1-0-0-4, three points). Alexander Reichenberg's goal at 10:33 of the third period put Norway ahead 3-2, and he assisted on Bull's second of the game at 13:22 for a 4-2 lead. Austria's Dominique Heinrich made it 4-3 with 51 seconds remaining, but Bull completed his hat trick eight seconds later by scoring into an empty net for the 5-3 final.

Watch: Bull scores second goal of game

Bull's goal 2:01 into the first period gave Norway a 1-0 lead. Peter Schneider of Austria tied the game 1-1 at 2:08 of the second period with a 5-on-3 power-play goal, but Johannes Johannesen put Norway ahead 2-1 at 16:42.

Austria's Konstantin Komarek tied the game 2-2 at 9:37 of the third period, but Reichenberg put Norway ahead to stay 56 seconds later.

Henrik Holm made 30 saves for Norway. Bernhard Starkbaum made 25 saves for Austria (0-0-0-5, 0 points).

 

Thursday, May 16

Finland 3, Denmark 1: Kaapo Kakko, one of the top prospects in the 2019 NHL Draft, scored a spectacular second-period goal and had an assist to help Finland defeat Denmark at Steel Arena in Kosice in their Group A preliminary round game.

Watch: Kakko scores highlight goal

Kakko carried the puck through the right circle, deked around a Denmark player and tucked the puck inside the post from below the goal line at 5:49 of the second period to tie game 1-1. It was Kakko's sixth goal, tying him for the tournament lead with Russia's Evgenii Dadonov (Florida Panthers).

The goal came four minutes after Morten Madsen's power-play goal had given Denmark a 1-0 lead.

Sakari Manninen put Finland ahead 2-1 at 14:19 of the second, and Kakko assisted on Harri Pesonen's insurance goal at 11:07 of the third period.

Kevin Lankinen made 25 saves for Finland (3-0-1-0) which has 10 points, second behind unbeaten Germany in Group A. Sebastian Dahm made 34 saves for Denmark (1-1-0-2, five points).

Canada 5, France 2: Anthony Mantha (Detroit Red Wings) scored two goals to help Canada defeat France at Steel Arena in Kosice for its third consecutive preliminary-round win in Group A.

Mantha gave Canada a 1-0 lead with a 5-on-3 power-play goal 8:19 into the first period. Darnell Nurse (Edmonton Oilers) made it 2-0 at 10:50, and a goal by Anthony Cirelli (Tampa Bay Lightning) at 16:15 gave Canada a 3-0 lead. Canada outshot France 16-2 in the first period.

Watch: Mantha opens scoring for Canada

Damien Fleury scored a power-play goal for France at 16:13 of the second period to make it 3-1, and an unassisted goal by Anthony Rech at 2:55 of the third cut Canada's lead to 3-2. But Mantha poked a loose puck into the net for an unassisted goal at 8:36 that put Canada ahead 4-2, and Mark Stone (Vegas Golden Knights) made it 5-2 at 10:27.

"I liked our first period," Canada coach Alain Vigneault (Philadelphia Flyers) told the IIHF website. "We came to play and played well. In the second period we got a little loose defensively and a little loose with the puck. That gave France some momentum, some opportunities ... They made it 3-2 on a couple of turnovers on our part, and after that we buckled down and started to play with the sense of urgency that you need."

Jonathan Marchessault (Golden Knights) had two assists and Carter Hart (Flyers) made 21 saves for Canada (3-0-0-1, nine points), which has won three in a row after losing its opener to Finland. Henri Corentin Buysse made 41 saves for France (0-0-1-3, one point).

Sweden 9, Austria 1: Gabriel Landeskog (Colorado Avalanche) scored 1:09 into his first game with two-time defending champion Sweden, which had no trouble against Austria in a Group B game at Ondrej Nepela Arena in Bratislava.

Landeskog arrived hours before the game Thursday, eight days after the Avalanche were eliminated from the Stanley Cup Playoffs by the San Jose Sharks, and scored on his first shift for Sweden. Landeskog and linemates Elias Pettersson (Vancouver Canucks) and Elias Lindholm (Calgary Flames) each had a goal and two assists. Six other players scored, and Alexander Wennberg (Columbus Blue Jackets) and Patric Hornqvist (Pittsburgh Penguins) each had two assists. Sweden led 5-0 after the first period and 7-0 after the second.

"It was nice to see them score the first shift," Hornqvist said of the Landeskog line. "Obviously you build a little more chemistry when you score your first shift. Everything feels a little easier. You get your legs under you. They played really well together."

Watch: Landeskog off the plane, onto the score sheet

Henrik Lundqvist (New York Rangers) made 21 saves for Sweden (3-0-0-1, nine points). Michael Raffl (Philadelphia Flyers) ended Lundqvist's hopes for a shutout when he scored at 7:46 of the third period for Austria (0-0-0-4, zero points), which has been outscored 23-3.

Czech Republic 6, Latvia 3: Jakub Voracek (Philadelphia Flyers) had two goals and two assists for the Czech Republic, which scored four goals in the second period to defeat Latvia in a Group B game at Ondrej Nepela Arena in Bratislava.

Power-play goals by Miks Indrasis at 6:04 and Lauris Darzins at 13:08 gave Latvia a 2-0 lead after one period. But Filip Hronek (Detroit Red Wings), assisted by Voracek, scored a power-play goal at 5:41 of the second period to make it 2-1, and after Jan Kovar tied the game 2-2 at 11:01, Voracek scored at 17:38 to give the Czech Republic a 3-2 lead. Jakub Vrana (Washington Capitals) scored 1:02 later to make it 4-2.

Watch: Vrana increases Czech Republic lead

Voracek assisted on a goal by Dominik Simon (Pittsburgh Penguins) at 5:44 of the third period for a 5-2 lead. Darzins scored his second of the game at 15:28 to cut the margin to 5-3, but Voracek put his second of the game into an empty net with 1:32 remaining.

Patrik Bartosak made 21 saves for the Czech Republic (3-0-0-1, nine points). Elvis Merzlikins, selected by the Columbus Blue Jackets in the third round (No. 76) in the 2014 NHL Draft, made 33 saves for Latvia (2-0-0-2, six points).

 

Wednesday, May 15

United States 6, Great Britain 3: Patrick Kane (Chicago Blackhawks) had a goal and two assists in a Group A game at Steel Arena in Kosice.

Chris Kreider (New York Rangers) and Derek Ryan (Calgary Flames) each had a goal and an assist, and Clayton Keller (Arizona Coyotes), James van Riemsdyk (Philadelphia Flyers) and Alex DeBrincat (Blackhawks) scored for the U.S. Thatcher Demko (Vancouver Canucks) made 23 saves.

Brett Perlini, Mike Hammond and Benjamin Davies scored for Great Britain. Ben Bowns made 59 saves.

"Their goalie played really well. Sometimes you learn from these games," Kane told the IIHF website. "We'll take the win and be happy with it and try to get better moving forward."

Van Riemsdyk scored a power-play goal on a rebound of Kane's shot to give the U.S. a 1-0 lead at 12:17 of the first period. The assist gave Kane 34 points at the World Championship, passing Mark Johnson for most ever by a U.S. player at the tournament.

Watch: van Riemsdyk's power-play goal

Hammond, who was in the penalty box for van Riemsdyk's goal, tied it 1-1 at 15:09 of the first.

The U.S. scored three times in the second period, when it outshot Great Britain 28-9. Keller scored on the power play at 9:07 of the second to make it 2-1, Kreider made it 3-1 at 11:20 and DeBrincat scored to make it 4-1 17:54.

Kane scored 1:00 into the third to make it 5-2. He leads the U.S. at the tournament with six points (four goals, two assists) and has 36 points (13 goals, 23 assists) in 21 World Championship games.

Ryan's goal at 9:10 gave the U.S. a 6-2 lead. Davies scored for Great Britain at 16:28 to make it 6-3.

"We made a couple of mistakes, a couple of turnovers on my part that ended up in the back of our net, so I have to be better in that regard," Kane said. "They had a better first period than we did but we had good pushback in the last two periods."

The U.S. (2-1-0-1), which has won three straight games -- including one in overtime -- since an opening-day loss to Slovakia, is second in Group A with eight points. Great Britain (0-0-0-4) is eighth in Group A and has been outscored 26-4.

Great Britain (0-0-0-4) is eighth in Group A and has been outscored 26-4.

Germany 3, Slovakia 2: Leon Draisaitl (Edmonton Oilers) scored the game-winning goal with 27 seconds remaining in the third period at Steel Arena.

Draisaitl broke the puck out of his zone, carried it up the right side of the ice, deked in the right circle, and fired a shot that beat goalie Marek Ciliak past his glove.

Watch: Draisaitl scores game-winner

Markus Eisenschmid and Marc Michaelis scored for Germany, and Mathias Niederberger made 34 saves.

Andrej Sekera (Oilers) and Libor Hudacek scored for Slovakia. Ciliak made 18 saves.

Michaelis gave Germany a 1-0 lead at 3:54 of the second period. Sekera scored on a 5-on-3 power play at 8:30 to tie the game, and Hudacek's power-play goal at 9:55 put Slovakia ahead 2-1.

Eisenschmid scored with Niederberger pulled for an extra attacker at 18:08 of the third.

Germany (4-0-0-0) leads Group A with 12 points. Slovakia (1-0-0-3) has lost three straight games after beating the U.S. on May 10 and is sixth in Group A with three points.

Switzerland 4, Norway 1: Nico Hischier (New Jersey Devils) scored for Switzerland in a Group B game at Ondrej Nepela Arena in Bratislava.

Andreas Ambuhl had two goals for Switzerland, Gregory Hoffmann scored, and Leonardi Genoni made 31 saves.

Switzerland (4-0-0-0) has 12 points, tied with Russia for first place in Group B.

Tobias Lindberg scored for Norway. Henrik Holm made 38 saves.

Ambuhl scored at 5:30 of the first period to give Switzerland a 1-0 lead. Hischier made it 2-0 34 seconds into the second when he faked going behind the net and stuffed the puck between Genoni's left skate and the post.

Watch: Hischier's goals

Norway (0-0-0-4) is last in Group B and has been outscored 25-6.

Russia 10, Italy 0: Evgeny Kuznetsov (Washington Capitals) had two goals and two assists for Russia in a Group B game at Ondrej Nepela Arena in Bratislava.

Evgenii Dadonov (Florida Panthers) also scored two goals for Russia, and Nikita Kucherov (Tampa Bay Lightning) had a goal and three assists. Ilya Kovalchuk (Los Angeles Kings), Alex Ovechkin (Washington Capitals), Nikita Zaitsev (Toronto Maple Leafs) and Dinar Khafizullin each had a goal and an assist, Mikhail Grigorenko scored, and Andrei Vasilevskiy (Lightning) made 15 saves.

Andreas Bernard made 14 saves on 19 shots before being removed in the second period. Marco De Filippo Roia made 16 saves on 21 shots.

Russia scored four times in the first period, capped by Ovechkin's first goal of the tournament, a one-timer from the left circle at 16:14.

Watch: Ovechkin scores first of Worlds

They scored four times in the second, and twice in the third, including Dadonov's tournament-best sixth goal.

Russia (4-0-0-0) has 12 points, tied with Switzerland for first place in Group B. Italy (0-0-0-4) has lost all four of its tournament games and been outscored 30-0.

 

Tuesday, May 14

Denmark 9, Great Britain 0: Lars Eller (Washington Capitals) scored one goal and had three assists to help Denmark defeat Great Britain in its Group A preliminary round game at Steel Arena in Kosice.

Morten Poulsen scored three goals and Mikkel Boedker (Ottawa Senators) had two assists for Denmark (1-1-0-1, five points), which led 3-0 after one period and scored five goals in the second. Denmark scored four power-play goals and one while shorthanded. Sebastian Dahm made 19 saves for the shutout.

"We had power plays the last game, and we didn't capitalize on those, but today we were very effective," Eller told the IIHF website. "We made some adjustments yesterday, talked about it today so everybody knew exactly what they were doing."

Great Britain (0-0-0-3, 0 points) has been outscored 20-1 through three games.

Germany 4, France 1: Leon Draisaitl (Edmonton Oilers) scored for Germany, which moved into first place in Group A with the win.

Draisaitl took a pass from behind the net by Dominik Kahun (Chicago Blackhawks) and scored at 17:54 of the second period to give Germany (3-0-0-0, nine points) a 3-1 lead. Matthias Plachta put Germany ahead 2-1 at 13:55 of the second after Damien Fleury scored for France at 4:10 to tie the game 1-1.

Korbinian Holzer (Anaheim Ducks) scored an empty-net goal with 58 seconds remaining in the third period to make it 4-1. 

Philipp Grubauer (Colorado Avalanche) started his first game of the tournament for Germany and made 12 saves before being relieved by Niklas Treutle at 10:10 of the second period. Treutle finished with 12 saves. Florian Hardy had 27 saves for France (0-0-1-2, one point).

Switzerland 4, Austria 0: Kevin Fiala (Minnesota Wild), who had a hat trick against Italy on Saturday, scored in the first period to help Switzerland defeat Austria in its Group B preliminary round game and tie for first place.

Switzerland (3-0-0-0, nine points) and Russia each has won its first three games of the tournament in regulation.

Fiala gave Switzerland a 1-0 lead at 19:27 of the opening period when he scored his fourth goal of the tournament. Roman Josi (Nashville Predators) made it 2-0 at 13:02 of the third. Nico Hischier (New Jersey Devils) assisted on Fiala's goal and a power-play goal at 18:34 by Philipp Kurashev, a forward who was selected by the Chicago Blackhawks in the fourth round (No. 120) of the 2018 NHL Draft, to make it 3-0. 

Sven Andrighetto (Colorado Avalanche) scored another power-play goal with 13 seconds remaining.
Reto Berra made 18 saves for Switzerland. David Kickert finished with 41 saves for Austria (0-0-0-3, 0 points), which was outshot 45-18.

Latvia 3, Italy 0: Teddy Blueger (Pittsburgh Penguins) scored a goal for Latvia, which outshot Italy 65-15 to win its Group B preliminary round game at Ondrej Nepela Arena in Bratislava.

Blueger's empty-net goal with 56 seconds remaining in the third period sealed the win for Latvia (2-0-0-1, six points). Roberts Bukarts gave Latvia a 1-0 lead at 9:11 of the second period and Rihards Marenis made it 2-0 at 18:14.

Kristers Gudlevskis made 15 saves for Latvia. Andreas Bernard finished with 62 saves for Italy (0-0-0-3, 0 points), which has been outscored 20-0 in its three losses. Latvia outshot Italy 21-2 in a scoreless first period and 31-6 in the second.

 

Monday, May 13

United States 3, Finland 2 (OT): Dylan Larkin (Detroit Red Wings) scored at 3:47 of overtime to give the United States its second Group A victory in as many days at Steel Arena in Kosice.

Larkin took a pass from Quinn Hughes (Vancouver Canucks) and beat goalie Veini Vehvilainen from the right circle for the win. The United States (1-1-0-1, five points) led 2-0 on first-period goals by Brady Skjei (New York Rangers) and Johnny Gaudreau (Calgary Flames). But Finland's Harri Pesonen made it 2-1 at 19:05 of the first, and Niko Ojamaki tied it 2-2 at 19:28 of the second.

Watch: Dylan Larkin scores in overtime on Youtube

"We're getting better every day and today was another improvement against a good team," U.S. center Derek Ryan (Calgary Flames) told the IIHF website. "That's the kind of tournament this is. I like our chances in the end."

Neither U.S. center Jack Hughes nor Finland forward Kaapo Kakko, the projected top two picks in the 2019 NHL Draft at Rogers Arena in Vancouver on June 21-22, had a point. Kakko, who entered the day leading the tournament with five goals, had a chance in overtime but couldn't get the puck past goalie Cory Schneider (New Jersey Devils). He had a game-high six shots on goal in 18:46 of ice time. Hughes played 9:24.

Jack Eichel (Buffalo Sabres) had two assists, and Schneider made 24 saves for the U.S. Vehvilainen, selected by the Columbus Blue Jackets in the sixth round (No. 173) of the 2018 NHL Draft, made 26 saves for Finland (2-0-1-0, seven points).

"We didn't play our best today," Finland forward Jere Sallinen said. "It was tough. USA played very well and we have to be better. They didn't do anything that surprised us, but they have a lot of skill."

Canada 6, Slovakia 5: Mark Stone (Vegas Golden Knights) scored with one second remaining in the third period to give Canada a victory in its Group A game at Steel Arena in Kosice.

Slovakia's Erik Cernak (Tampa Bay Lightning) was called for tripping with 1:14 remaining in the third period, and Stone's wrist shot from near the right face-off dot caught the top corner on the short side, giving Canada (2-0-0-1, six points) its second straight win after losing its opener to Finland.

Watch: Stone scores game-winner on Youtube Video

Matus Sukel of Slovakia had tied the game 5-5 when he scored his second goal of the game at 1:45 of the third period.

Sukel scored at 7:14 of the first period to put Slovakia ahead 1-0, and 2019 NHL Draft-eligible forward Adam Liska's goal at 8:18 made it 2-0. However, Anthony Mantha (Detroit Red Wings) scored for Canada at 16:20 to make it 2-1, then assisted on a goal by Shea Theodore (Golden Knights) at 18:10 that tied the game 2-2.

Ladislav Nagy put Slovakia ahead 3-2 with a power-play goal at 1:49 of the second period, and Liska scored his second of the game at 5:09 to make it 4-2. But goals 1:42 apart by Jonathan Marchessault (Golden Knights) and Anthony Cirelli (Tampa Bay Lightning) tied the game 4-4, and Troy Stecher (Vancouver Canucks) scored at 16:40 of to put Canada ahead for the first time in the game.

Slovakia (1-0-0-2, three points) has lost twice in regulation since defeating the United States 4-1 in its first game on Friday.

Russia 3, Czech Republic 0: Andrei Vasilevskiy (Tampa Bay Lightning) made 23 saves at Ondrej Nepela Arena in Bratislava to help Russia stay perfect in Group B.

"We were up against a good opponent, but we did what our coaches asked of us," Vasilevskiy said. "We played more on defense. It wasn't a high-scoring game, but the main thing was that we won. The Czechs have several NHL players. They know how to wind you up, but our special teams were the best thing on the ice."

Russia (3-0-0-0, nine points) took a 1-0 lead at 13:02 of the first period on a goal by Sergei Andronov, then made it 2-0 at 12:35 of the second when Nikita Gusev (Vegas Golden Knights) took a pass from NHL scoring champion Nikita Kucherov (Lightning) on a give-and-go and beat goalie Patrik Bartosak.

Watch: Gusev finishes give and go for Russia on Youtube

Nikita Zaitsev (Toronto Maple Leafs) made it 3-0 when he scored into an empty net with 56 seconds remaining in the third period.

Bartosak made 25 saves for the Czech Republic (2-0-0-1, six points).

Sweden 9, Norway 1: Alexander Wennberg (Columbus Blue Jackets) and Patric Hornqvist (Pittsburgh Penguins) each scored two goals, and William Nylander (Toronto Maple Leafs) had a goal and four assists to help Sweden defeat Norway in Group B at Ondrej Nepela Arena in Bratislava for its second win in two days.

Wennberg gave Sweden a 1-0 lead when he scored 39 seconds into the first period, and Hornqvist made it 2-0 at 6:40. Nylander, who assisted on the goals by Wennberg and Hornqvist, scored at 18:22 to make it 3-0.

Hornqvist and Wennberg each scored during a five-goal second period for Sweden (2-0-0-1, six points). Norway (0-0-0-3, 0 points) got a third-period goal from Mathias Trettenes against Jacob Markstrom (Vancouver Canucks) but has been outscored 21-5 in its three games.

Watch: Wennberg scores 5 seconds into first shift on Youtube Video

 

Sunday, May 12

United States 7, France 1: Alex DeBrincat (Chicago Blackhawks) and Colin White (Ottawa Senators) each scored twice, and the United States picked up its first win in Group A at the 2019 IIHF World Championship.

The U.S. (1-0-0-1), which lost 4-1 to Slovakia on Friday, scored three times in a span of 1:59 in the first period and led 6-0 before France (0-0-1-1) scored at 6:36 of the third period. Thatcher Demko (Vancouver Canucks) made 23 saves for the United States.

DeBrincat, who scored an NHL career-high 41 goals this season and the only goal for the U.S. against Slovakia, opened the scoring at 4:05 of the first period, and then scored an unassisted goal at 6:04 to make it 3-0. In between, forward Frank Vatrano (Florida Panthers) scored at 5:48 for the U.S.

"I think we played pretty well today," DeBrincat told the IIHF website. "We came out with a lot of speed, controlled the puck for most of the first period." 

White, who had 14 goals and 41 points for the Senators this season, scored at 13:56 of the second period and 14:21 of the third.

"It was a big win for us, especially going into tomorrow against Finland," White said. "We built some confidence and it was a good team effort."

Patrick Kane (Blackhawks) and Vatrano each had a goal and an assist, and Chris Kreider (New York Rangers) also scored for the United States. Defenseman Alec Martinez (Los Angeles Kings) and forward Dylan Larkin (Detroit Red Wings) each had two assists.

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Russia 5, Austria 0: Alexandar Georgiev (New York Rangers) made 15 saves, and Russia shut out Austria for its second consecutive win in Group B.

Evgenii Dadonov (Florida Panthers) scored two goals for the second straight game and Ilya Kovalchuk (Los Angeles Kings) had a goal and an assist for Russia (2-0-0-0).

Dadonov scored the only goal of the first period, at 12:15, before Russia scored twice within 36 seconds during the second to make it 3-0. Nikita Kucherov (Tampa Bay Lightning), who led the NHL with 128 points (41 goals, 87 assists) this season, assisted on Dadonov's game-opening goal and scored at 14:23 of the second to give Russia a 2-0 lead.

Russia took a 4-0 lead on Dadonov's second goal of the game 15 seconds into the third period. Kovalchuk closed out the scoring at 4:06.

Georgiev made five saves in the first period, six in the second and four in the third against Austria (0-0-0-2).

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Sweden 8, Italy 0: Anton Lander had a hat trick, Patric Hornqvist (Pittsburgh Penguins) scored twice, and Henrik Lundqvist (New York Rangers) made 13 saves for Sweden (1-0-0-1) in Group B play.

Oskar Lindblom (Philadelphia Flyers), Marcus Kruger (Chicago Blackhawks) and William Nylander (Toronto Maple Leafs) also scored. Loui Eriksson (Vancouver Canucks) and Adrian Kempe (Los Angeles Kings) had three and two assists, respectively, for Sweden, which continued its dominance against Italy (0-0-0-2) in international competition. Sweden has outscored Italy 45-4 in four Olympic games since 1948 and 86-17 while earning 13 World Championship wins and three ties.

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Germany 2, Denmark 1: Matthias Plachta and Frederik Tiffels scored, and Mathias Niederberger made 37 saves to help Germany (2-0-0-0) remain undefeated in Group A. 

Leon Draisaitl (Edmonton Oilers), coming off an NHL career-high 50 goals this season, assisted on Plachta's goal midway through the second period. 

Mathias Bau scored, and Sebastian Dahm made 24 saves for Denmark (0-1-0-1).

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Canada 8, Great Britain 0: Anthony Mantha (Detroit Red Wings) had five points (two goals, three assists) to pace Canada in its first game against Great Britain since 1994. 

Kyle Turris (Nashville Predators) had three points (two goals, assist), Thomas Chabot (Ottawa Senators) and Tyson Jost (Colorado Avalanche) each had two assists, and Carter Hart (Philadelphia Flyers) made 12 saves. Canada (1-0-0-1) rebounded from a 3-1 loss to Finland on Friday and is tied with the United States and Slovakia for third place in Group A.

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Switzerland 3, Latvia 1: Nico Hischier (New Jersey Devils) scored at 16:21 of the third period and Simon Moser added an empty-net goal for Switzerland (2-0-0-0), which is tied with the Czech Republic and Russia for first in Group B.

 

Saturday, May 11

Finland 4, Slovakia 2: Kaapo Kakko, a top prospect for the 2019 NHL Draft, had a hat trick for Finland against Slovakia in Group A play at Steel Arena in Kosice, Slovakia, on Saturday.

Kakko, who scored two goals in a 3-1 win against Canada on Friday, put Finland (2-0-0-0) ahead 3-2 at 9:52 of the third period and completed the hat trick to make it 4-2 with an empty-net goal with 15 seconds remaining. 

Erik Cernak (Tampa Bay Lightning) gave Slovakia (1-0-0-1) a 1-0 lead at 10:52 of the first period, but Petteri Lindbohm tied it 1-1 at 14:21 and Kakko put Finland ahead 2-1 at 16:11.

Martin Marincin (Toronto Maple Leafs) tied it 2-2 at 19:20 of the second period.

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Czech Republic 7, Norway 2: Filip Hronek (Detroit Red Wings) and Michael Frolik (Calgary Flames) each had two goals and an assist for the Czech Republic against Norway in Group B play at Ondrej Nepela Arena in Bratislava, Slovakia.

Hronek scored to make it 1-0 at 2:33 of the first period before extending the lead to 2-0 at 6-34. 

After Tobias Lindstrom's power-play goal cut it to 2-1, Frolik scored a shorthanded goal at 15:32 to make it 3-1 and a power-play goal 3:17 into the second period for a 4-1 lead.

Filip Chytil (New York Rangers) scored in the third period for the Czech Republic (2-0-0-0). Norway (0-0-0-2) lost for the second time in as many days.

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Switzerland 9, Italy 0: Kevin Fiala (Minnesota Wild) scored once in each period and had an assist for Switzerland (1-0-0-0) in its Group B opener against Italy at Ondrej Nepela Arena in Bratislava.

Fiala opened the scoring 1:17 into the game, made it 6-0 at 3:32 of the second period and completed his hat trick at 1:14 of the third with a power-play goal that made it 7-0. Nico Hischier (New Jersey Devils) assisted on Fiala's last two goals and scored at 9:43 of the third period for the 9-0 margin.

Reto Berra made 19 saves for Switzerland, the silver medalist last year, which outshot Italy (0-0-0-1) 61-19.

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Latvia 5, Austria 2: Rudolfs Balcers (Ottawa Senators) scored one goal and assisted on three others for Latvia, which defeated Austria in its Group B opener.

Balcers, acquired by Ottawa in the trade that sent defenseman Erik Karlsson to the San Jose Sharks on Sept. 13, 2018, tied the game 1-1 with a power-play goal at 15:21 of the first period, 42 seconds after Michael Raffl (Philadelphia Flyers) had put Austria ahead 1-0 with a shorthanded goal.

Balcers had the primary assist on the go-ahead goal by Lauris Darzins 23 seconds into the third period, then set up a goal by Rodrigo Abols at 4:19 that made it 3-1 and one by Ronalds Kenins at 16:00 that gave Latvia (1-0-0-0) its 5-2 margin.

Kristers Gudlevskis made 16 saves for Latvia. David Kickert had 34 saves for Austria (0-0-0-1).

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Denmark 5, France 4 (SO): Lars Eller (Washington Capitals) started a comeback when he scored late in the second period, then scored one of three goals in the shootout for Denmark (0-1-0-0) in its Group A game against France (0-0-1-0) at Steel Arena in Kosice.

Eller's goal at 15:29 of the second period made it 4-3, and Denmark tied the game 4-4 when Jesper Jensen scored at 6:34 of the third period. Eller scored on Denmark's first shootout attempt, and goals by Mikkel Boedker (Ottawa Senators) and Frederik Storm gave Denmark the win.

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Germany 3, Great Britain 1: Leon Draisaitl (Edmonton Oilers) scored an insurance goal in the third period to help Germany win its tournament opener and defeat Great Britain, playing in the World Championship for the first time since 1994, in a Group A game.

Yasin Ehliz scored a power-play goal at 10:39 of the third period to give Germany (1-0-0-0) a 2-1 lead after Britain's Mike Hammond had tied the game 1-1 at 3:36, following a giveaway by Draisaitl. However, the 50-goal scorer with the Oilers this season made it 3-1 at 12:03, beating goalie Ben Bowns with a shot from the slot.

Bowns made 32 saves for Britain (0-0-0-1), which hasn't won a top-level game since 1962.

Mathias Niederberger made 16 saves for Germany.

Goalie Philipp Grubauer (Colorado Avalanche) is expected to join Germany on Sunday and practice Monday.

"We get a player who in the past few months has been one of the best NHL goaltenders," coach Toni Soderholm told the IIHF website. "He's a strong personality who's good for the dressing room and supports the team. His commitment is a very good thing for us on all levels."

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Friday, May 10

Finland 3, Canada 1: Kaapo Kakko, a top prospect for the 2019 NHL Draft, scored two goals to lead Finland (1-0-0-0) in the first game of Group A play, at Steel Arena in Kosice.

"It was such a great feeling out there, and our fans were so unbelievable today," Kakko, No. 1 on NHL Central Scouting's final ranking of International skaters for the 2019 draft, told the IIHF website. "The team battled really well."

Arttu Ilomaki also scored for Finland, and Kevin Lankinen made 20 saves.

Jonathan Marchessault (Vegas Golden Knights) scored for Canada (0-0-0-1). Matt Murray (Pittsburgh Penguins) made 24 saves.

"For our group it's not good enough," Marchessault said. "I think we have to be better, but you have to give credit to the other team. They were more desperate than us and they were the better team today. We had a lot of chances and their goalie was very good. For us, there is no excuse and we need to find the back of the net."

Kakko gave Finland a 1-0 lead at 6:47 of the first period. He took a pass from Toni Rajala, split two Canada players, deked in close, and scored on his backhand.

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"He made a nice play," Murray said. "He was just really patient. I thought I was all over him, but he's got a long reach and he made a nice play."

Marchessault's power-play goal from the right circle made it 1-1 at 8:03 of the first.

Ilomaki put Finland ahead 2-1 with a power-play goal at 2:36 of the third period, seven seconds after Canada's Damon Severson (New Jersey Devils) was sent off for cross-checking.

Kakko's empty-net goal made it 3-1 with 34 seconds to play.

"I thought we were on our heels in the first period," Canada coach Alain Vigneault (Philadelphia Flyers) said. "We got much better in the second, I really liked our second period, but then [Finland] got that bounce [that led to a goal] at the beginning of the third and it put us back a little bit. I think we could have responded a little better, but give [Finland] credit, they played a good game. There's no doubt in my mind that this group can play better and that's what we're going to work on in the next day or two."

Slovakia 4, United States 1: Erik Cernak (Tampa Bay Lightning) scored the game-winning goal in a Group A game at Steel Arena in Kosice.

"We tried to use the crowd as much as possible," Slovak forward Robert Lantosi told the IIHF website. "It was beautiful, unforgettable, playing on our home rink in Slovakia. It's something special."

Matus Sukel, Tomas Tatar (Montreal Canadiens) and Michal Kristoff scored for Slovakia (1-0-0-0). Patrik Rybar (Detroit Red Wings) made 25 saves.

Alex DeBrincat (Chicago Blackhawks) scored for the United States (0-0-0-1). Cory Schneider (New Jersey Devils) made 32 saves.

Sukel gave Slovakia a 1-0 lead at 4:02 of the first period, but DeBrincat tied it on a power-play goal at 12:05.

Cernak put Slovakia ahead 2-1 at 1:52 of the second period with a 5-on-3 power-play goal. Brady Skjei (New York Rangers) of the U.S. was penalized for high-sticking at 1:22 and teammate Ryan Suter (Minnesota Wild) was penalized for tripping at 1:36. Sixteen seconds into advantage, Cernak scored on a one-timer from above the left circle set up by Andrej Sekera (Edmonton Oilers).

Watch: Cernak scores 5-on-3 goal for Slovakia on Youtube

Tatar scored from the right side to make it 3-1 at 4:58 of the second, and Kristoff made it 4-1 at 15:54.

U.S. forward Jack Hughes had two shots on goal in 13:30 of ice time. The 17-year-old is the youngest ever to play for the U.S. at the World Championship.

Russia 5, Norway 2: Evgenii Dadonov (Florida Panthers) scored two goals for Russia (1-0-0-0) in the first game of Group B play at Ondrej Nepela Arena in Bratislava.

Nikita Kucherov (Tampa Bay Lightning) had a goal and two assists for Russia, Nikita Gusev (Vegas Golden Knights) had a goal and an assist, and Artem Anisimov (Chicago Blackhawks) scored. Andrei Vasilevskiy (Lightning) made 25 saves.

Jonas Holos and Thomas Olsen scored for Norway (0-0-0-1). Henrik Haukeland made 22 saves.

Dadonov opened the scoring with the first of three power-play goals for Russia, one-timing a pass into the slot from behind the net from Evgeni Malkin (Pittsburgh Penguins) at 8:39.

Watch: Evgenii Dadonov's goal on Youtube

"We scored well on the power play, but we need to score at equal strength as well," Malkin said. "Our power play was always likely to click sooner or later. We have good players on this team. [Norway] gave us the chances, Dadonov found space well and it was up to me to find the passes that he could shoot home."

Anisimov made it 2-0 at 14:33, and then Russia scored two power-play goals 1:34 apart in the second period. Kucherov made it 3-0 at 8:13 and then Malkin set up Dadonov for a one-timer in the slot to make it 4-0 at 9:47.

Gusev scored 1:26 into the third period to make it 5-0.

Olsen scored for Norway at 16:07 to make it 5-1, and Holos, a defenseman who played 39 games for the Colorado Avalanche in 2010-11, made it 5-2 at 17:47.

The late goals allowed Norway to feel good leaving the ice.

"I think it gives us confidence," defenseman Alexander Bonsaken said. "We've been talking about being a tournament team. Now we want to build on every game and we'll see how many points that can get us."

Czech Republic 5, Sweden 2: Jakub Vrana (Washington Capitals) scored two goals in a Group B game at Ondrej Nepela Arena in Bratislava.

Jan Kovar and Dominik Kubalik (Chicago Blackhawks) each had a goal and an assist for Czech Republic (1-0-0-0) and Michael Frolik (Calgary Flames) scored. Patrik Bartosak made 30 saves.

"They play great system hockey, but I think we played better," Czech forward Filip Chytil (New York Rangers) told the IIHF website. "We scored more goals, so we're happy for that."

Patric Hornqvist (Pittsburgh Penguins) and Oskar Lindblom (Philadelphia Flyers) scored for Sweden (0-0-0-1). Henrik Lundqvist (New York Rangers) made 27 saves.

Vrana gave Czech Republic a 1-0 lead at 1:55 of the first period with a shot from above the left circle.

Hornqvist tied the game 24 seconds into the second period when he knocked in a rebound in close, and Lindblom gave Sweden a 2-1 lead 3:01.

"It was a hard game," Hornqvist told the IIHF website. "They were a little better than us in the first and third. They got that early goal in the third and then we couldn't get back."

Kubalik made it 2-2 with 3:24 left in the second, and Frolik put Czech Republic ahead 3-2 33 seconds into the third period when he scored off a rebound in the slot.

Watch: Michal Frolik scores for Czech Repulic on Youtube

Vrana made it 4-2 at 15:50, and Kovar scored an empty-net goal with 56 seconds remaining to make it 5-2.

"I think we made some poor mistakes that cost us," Sweden forward Elias Pettersson (Vancouver Canucks) told the IIHF website. "I think on their third goal I missed the marking on Voracek in front of the net, and there it was, a game-winning goal. It's just small mistakes that cost us."

 

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