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Worlds: Barkov, Laine help Finland stay unbeaten

Hungary gets first win at tournament in 77 years

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Aleksander Barkov (Florida Panthers) had a goal and an assist to help Finland remain unbeaten with a 3-1 win against France in a Group B preliminary-round game at the 2016 IIHF World Championship at Yubileiny Arena in St. Petersburg, Russia, on Saturday.

Patrik Laine, No. 2 on NHL Central Scouting's final ranking of international skaters eligible for the 2016 NHL Draft, had a goal and an assist, and Jussi Jokinen (Panthers) had two assists for Finland. The Finns are 5-0-0-0 in group play with two games remaining against Slovakia and Canada.

Dallas Stars prospect Esa Lindell broke a scoreless tie at 5:00 of the second period with a power-play goal from Mikael Granlund (Minnesota Wild) and Mikko Koivu (Wild). Barkov and Laine scored later in the period to push Finland's lead to 3-0.

Pierre-Edouard Bellemare (Philadelphia Flyers) scored France's goal on a 5-on-3 power play in the third period. 


Sweden 3, Norway 2: Gustav Nyquist (Detroit Red Wings) scored his sixth goal of the tournament, and Jacob Markstrom (Vancouver Canucks) made 23 saves for Sweden in a Group A preliminary-round game in Moscow.

Nyquist scored 56 seconds into the second period, putting Sweden on top 1-0. Erik Gustafsson (Chicago Blackhawks) and Alexander Wennberg (Columbus Blue Jackets) each had assists for Sweden, which picked up its fourth win. 

Andreas Martinsen (Colorado Avalanche) scored for Norway.

Russia 5, Switzerland 1: Evgeny Kuznetsov (Washington Capitals) scored from NHL teammate Alex Ovechkin to lead Russia to a win in Group A. 

Pavel Datsyuk (Red Wings) had an assist, and Sergei Bobrovsky (Blue Jackets) stopped 34 shots for Russia.

Yannick Weber (Canucks) and Nino Niederreiter (Wild) had assists, and Reto Berra (Avalanche) made 33 saves for Switzerland.

Hungary 5, Belarus 2: Janos Vas had two goals to lead Hungary to its first win at Worlds in 77 years in Group B play in St. Petersburg.

Hungary scored three unanswered goals after surrendering an early 2-0 lead. The victory was Hungary's first at Worlds since an 8-1 win against Belgium in 1939 in Zurich, Switzerland.

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