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WJC roundup: Canada routs Denmark; U.S. blanked

by Canadian Press /

HELSINKI -- Mitchell Marner (Toronto Maple Leafs), and Dylan Strome (Arizona Coyotes) had a goal and an assist apiece as Canada rolled past Denmark 6-1 on Monday at the world junior hockey championship.

Anthony Beauvillier (New York Islanders), John Quenneville (New Jersey Devils), Mathew Barzal (New York Islanders) and Lawson Crouse (Florida Panthers) also scored for Canada (1-1) at Helsinki Ice Hall. Mason McDonald (Calgary Flames) stopped 10 shots in what is likely his last start of the preliminary round.

It's expected McDonald will give way to Mackenzie Blackwood (New Jersey Devils) on Tuesday when the Canadians face Switzerland (0-2). Blackwood had to serve the final two games of an eight-game suspension before suiting up for Canada.

Alexander True scored for Denmark (1-1), while Mathias Seldrup made 52 saves in net.

After a 4-2 loss to the United States on Saturday, Canadian head coach Dave Lowry and his players said more shots on net would be needed. They delivered Monday by firing 58 shots on Seldrup, more than twice as many as Canada had against the Americans in the tournament opener.

Despite being outshot 11-4 after nearly 13 minutes of play, Denmark was the first to score as True put the puck past an outstretched McDonald. Beauvillier tied it 1-1 just over a minute later.

Canada's offence found its form in the second period with three goals in the first six minutes of the frame. Quenneville gave Canada a 2-1 lead 1:14 into the period, scoring on a screened Seldrup.

Although Quenneville was credited with the goal, Marner did most of the work by deflecting a shot off his teammate and into the net. Barzal made it 3-1 after dancing past a pair of Danish defenders and firing a snapshot over Seldrup's shoulder for a power-play goal.

Crouse piled on, scoring just 51 seconds after Barzal for a 4-1 lead.

A pretty passing play gave Canada a four-goal cushion as Brayden Point (Tampa Bay Lightning) passed to Strome, who found a wide-open Marner in the right faceoff circle. Marner hesitated only briefly before snapping the puck into the net.

The Canadian onslaught continued in the third as Strome tallied on the power-play. He dangled the puck around a Danish defender who'd fallen to one knee, before firing a wrist shot into the net for an insurance goal.

Sweden 1, United States 0: New York Islanders goaltending prospect Linus Soderstrom made 46 saves and Alexander Nylander scored as Sweden shut out the United States 1-0 on Monday in the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship.

Nylander, a top prospect for the 2016 NHL Draft, scored on a second-period breakaway. He has one goal and four assists in the tournament to lead Sweden, which is 2-0 in Group A

The United States, which fell to 1-1 after beating Canada in its opener, couldn't score despite having eight power-play chances in the game. They had 20 power-play shots and 14:48 of total power-play time.

It was the first time the U.S. lost to Sweden in the WJC since 1996, ending a 12-game winning streak.

The U.S. will face Switzerland on Wednesday and Denmark on Thursday.

Russia 6, Finland 4: Kirill Kaprizov (Minnesota Wild) had a goal and an assist and Yegor Korshkov chipped in with three assists for Russia.

Sebastian Aho (Carolina Hurricanes) gave the host side the lead when he beat Russian goalie Alexander Georgiev early in the first period at Hartwall Arena. Kaprizov tied it on the power play but Patrik Laine restored Finland's one-goal cushion with 67 seconds left in the opening frame.

Aleksi Saarela (New York Rangers) scored 53 seconds into the second period to make it 3-1 before the Russians scored four times on Finnish netminder Veini Vehvilainen in a span of seven minutes 17 seconds.

Andrei Svetlakov started the rally with a shorthanded goal and Pavel Kraskovski tied the game on the power play. Vladislav Kamenev (Nashville Predators) scored another goal with the man advantage and Alexander Polunin capped the outburst with an even-strength goal.

Saarela halved the Russian lead early in the third period but Radel Fazleyev tacked on an insurance goal for the Russians, who lead Group B with five points. Finland, which opened the tournament with a victory, has three points.

Finland outshot Russia 32-25.

Czech Republic 2, Slovakia 0: Dominik Lakatos and David Pastrnak (Boston Bruins) scored and Vitek Vanecek (Washington Capitals) made 18 saves for the shutout.

Pastrnak opened the scoring with a power-play goal late in the second period at Hartwall Arena. Lakatos added an insurance goal midway through the third period.

Slovakia has split its first two games while the Czechs have one win and an overtime loss.

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