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2015 IIHF World Championships - Day 1

by Chris Wescott / Edmonton Oilers
DAY 1 COVERAGE
The Edmonton Oilers have five players participating in the 2015 IIHF World Hockey Championships in Czech Republic: Jordan Eberle and Taylor Hall (Canada), Anton Lander and Oscar Klefbom (Sweden) and Matt Hendricks (United States).

We will have daily updates on the games involving Oilers players, highlights, stats and more so be sure to check edmontonoilers.com regularly!

We will also provide updates on high-ranked 2015 NHL Draft prospect Jack Eichel, who is playing for USA.

CANADA 6, LATVIA 1

Canada jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the first two periods and then coasted the rest of the way, in a 6-1 win over Latvia at the 2015 IIHF Men’s World Hockey Championship.

Nathan MacKinnon, Jason Spezza, Matt Duchene, Tyler Toffoli and Sidney Crosby all scored for Caanada.

Spezza scored two goals, with his second giving Canada that 5-0 lead, at 3:02 of the middle frame. MacKinnon passed it backside to Spezza and he buried the chance. Spezza, the leading scorer, finished the game +3 with two goals and an assist.

Oilers winger Jordan Eberle was +1. Taylor Hall was +1 with an assist on Duchene’s goal at 14:11 of the first period.

Mike Smith stopped 16 of 17 shots for Canada.

Canada plays Germany on Sunday, at 8:15 a.m. MDT.

USA 5, FINLAND 1

Oilers winger Matt Hendricks was instrumental in USA’s 5-1 rout of Finland at the 2015 IIHF Men’s World Hockey Championship.

Hendricks scored two goals, including one at 11:57 of the second period to give the U.S. a 2-1 lead, which proved to be the game-winner. Hendricks added an assist and finished the game +4 with two penalty minutes and four shots on goal.

Steve Moses, Dan Sexton and Nick Bonino were the other goal scorers for the Americans. Jyrki Jokipakka was the lone goal scorer for Finland.

Jack Eichel, NHL Central Scouting’s second-ranked North American skater ahead of the 2015 NHL Draft, finished with two penalty minutes and just one shot on goal.

The U.S. plays Norway tomorrow, at 12:15 p.m. MDT.

SWEDEN 6, CZECH REPUBLIC 5 SO

It was certainly the most wild and entertaining game of the day at the 2015 IIHF World Hockey Championship, with Sweden edging host country Czech Republic, 6-5 in a shootout.

Oilers centre Anton Lander chipped in an assist on Staffan Kronwall’s power play goal at 7:30 of the opening period. That goal gave Sweden a 2-0 lead.

Sweden led 4-2 at 4:08 of the third period, but that’s when the Czechs made their comeback. Goals by Dominik Simon, Roman Cervenka and Martin Zatovic gave them a 5-4 lead going into the game’s final minute.

That’s when Mattias Sjogren scored (19:06 of the third) for Sweden, tying the game and sending it to overtime.

Elias Lindholm and Oliver Ekman-Larsson scored for Sweden in the shootout, with Jakub Voracek scoring the lone goal for the Czech Republic.

Oilers defenceman Oscar Klefbom finished -2 with one shot on goal.

Sweden plays Austria on Sunday.

-- Chris Wescott, edmontonoilers.com

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