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WORLDS: Quarter-finals coverage

Oilers defenceman Darnell Nurse logged 19:49 of ice time in a thrilling OT win vs. the Swiss; Draisaitl, Larsson get eliminated from medal contention

by Paul Gazzola / EdmontonOilers.com

CANADA 3, SWITZERLAND 2 (OT)

Forward Mark Stone scored the game-winner at 5:07 of overtime against Switzerland to lift Team Canada to a 3-2 victory and semifinal berth in the 2019 IIHF World Championship on Thursday.

There was no shortage of drama in the match as Canada - trailing 2-1 with just seconds remaining in regulation - pushed until the very end with goaltender Matt Murray pulled to be rewarded with a Damon Severson slap shot marker with 0.4 seconds showing on the clock. 

The goal forced the overtime session where Stone notched his second of the outing, redirecting Pierre-Luc Dubois' feed for the winning score.

Oilers defenceman Darnell Nurse logged 19:49 of ice time in 27 shifts as a force on the back end, while Murray backstopped Canada with a 22-save performance to eliminate the Swiss, who took silver in the tournament last year.

Sven Andrighetto and New Jersey Devils forward Nico Hischier tallied for Switzerland and goaltender Leonardo Genoni finished his standout performance with 39 saves on 42 shots. 

Canada will face the Czech Republic in semifinal action on Saturday.

WORLDS: CAN 3, SUI 2 (OT)

FINLAND 5, SWEDEN 4

A year after winning gold in last year's World Championship, Sweden was ruled out of medal contention with a loss in Thursday's affair against Finland, dropping an overtime decision 5-4.

Oilers defenceman Adam Larsson registered an assist on Patric Hornqvist's first-period marker and finished the evening having played 21:39 and with two shots.

Sakari Manninen notched the winner for Finland, who advance to the semifinals for a date against Russia on Saturday.

WORLDS: FIN 5, SWE 4

CZECH REPUBLIC 5, GERMANY 1

Despite Leon Draisaitl's best efforts to lead his nation to a medal finish at this year's World Championship, scoring five goals and three assists in eight outings, the Germans were dealt with a 5-1 loss at the hands of the Czech Republic on Thursday.

Czech forward Jan Kovar scored two goals and an assist, while NHLers Jakub Voracek and Ondrej Palat also tallied for the club, who move onto the semifinals.

Germany's lone marker came from Frank Mauer in the second period, with the only assist going to Frederik Tiffels.

WORLDS: CZE 5, GER 1

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WORLDS: Leon, Germans look to keep strong tourney going

'These guys are some of my best friends' says Draisaitl who leads his 5-2 squad into Thursday's quarterfinal showdown vs. Czech Republic

by Julie Robenhymer / Special to EdmontonOilers.com

BRATISLAVA, SLOVAKIA - Leon Draisaitl has played more than 70 games for Germany's men's national team and is currently in Slovakia representing his country for the fifth consecutive year at the IIHF World Championship.

When asked why he always answers the call to come to these international events, his answer was pretty simple.

"I just like to play hockey," the 23-year-old said with a shrug. "And, I like to play hockey with my friends."

Of the 25 players on Germany's roster, six of them - including Draisaitl - were born in 1995 and have been playing together on various national teams since they were 16 and, in some cases, even younger for their various club teams and national camps.

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WORLDS: Day 12 Coverage

A three-point performance for Germany's Leon Draisaitl in a 4-2 victory over Finland highlights a busy slate of games for Oilers players at the IIHF World Championship

by Jamie Umbach / EdmontonOilers.com

For full coverage of the Oilers competing in this month's IIHF World Championship and their individual and country's performances, visit our international page at EdmontonOilers.com/Worlds.

GERMANY 4 FINLAND 2

An impressive showing for Germany in a 4-2 victory over Finland was cemented with two goals and an assist for Leon Draisaitl, who increases his point production to five goals and three assists through seven preliminary-round contests.

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Draisaitl's backhand pass to Dominik Kahun from the left halfboards with just under seven minutes to go in the second frame levelled the score before the Oiler forward was able to tally the eventual game-winner 4:46 into the third with a quick snap shot off the feed from teammate Leonhard Pfoderl.

An empty netter for Draisaitl as the clock hit the one-minute mark sealed a top-4 finish in Group A and a place in the quarter-finals for Germany, who awaited the result of this afternoon's matchup between the United States and Canada to learn they will face the Czech Republic in the quarter-finals on Thursday.

SLOVAKIA 2 DENMARK 1 (SO)

Hosts Slovakia and Andrej Sekera won't be going to the quarter-finals, but the nation was able to send off its home crowd and veteran Ladislav Nagy with a shootout win in the swansong of their tournament.

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Sekera would forego wearing the 'C' in order to pass the honour to his longtime international teammate Nagy, who had an assist and scored in the shootout in his final game before retiring. The Kosice crowd stood long after the final save was made by Slovak netminder Denis Godla saluting the efforts of their nation and long-time international mainstay Nagy.

Patrick Russell notched an assist for Denmark - his first point for the Danes in four games played at the tournament since arriving after the conclusion of the Bakersfield Condors playoff run.

Slovakia finishes fifth in Group A at 3-1-0-3, with Sekera rounding out his tournament with five points (2G, 3A) in seven appearances at this year's Worlds.

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WORLDS: Day 11 Coverage

Larsson and Sweden win tight 5-4 matchup against Latvia to secure quarter-final berth while Nurse and Canada roll past Denmark

by Cait MacPhail / EdmontonOilers.com

For full coverage of the Oilers competing in this month's IIHF World Championship and their individual and country's performances, visit our international page at EdmontonOilers.com/Worlds.

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WORLDS: Day 10 Coverage

Draisaitl's Germans defeated 3-1 by USA in tightly-contest matchup at IIHF World Championship

by Ryan Frankson / EdmontonOilers.com

Leon Draisaitl and the Germans gave the Americans everything they could handle on Sunday in IIHF World Championship preliminary round action but two USA goals in the third resulted in a 3-1 decision.

Quarterfinal seeding was on the line in the lone matchup of the day involving an Oilers player, and Draisaitl made his presence felt early on, setting up the game's opening goal to give Germany the initial advantage.

Draisaitl stole the puck at the blueline, carried it to the high slot, drew American defender Alec Martinez to him and slid a perfect pass over to Frederik Tiffels for the quick wrister at 11:55 of the opening frame.

Draisaitl sets up Tiffels

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WORLDS: Day 9 Coverage

Nurse and Canada best Germany while Sekera and Larsson pick up wins with Slovakia and Sweden

by Cait MacPhail / EdmontonOilers.com

For full coverage of the Oilers competing in this month's IIHF World Championship and their individual and country's performances, visit our international page at EdmontonOilers.com/Worlds. 

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WORLDS: Day 8 Coverage

Captain Sekera with an assist as the host nation Slovakia improves to 2-3 at Worlds with a 6-3 victory over France

by Ryan Frankson / EdmontonOilers.com

Oilers defenceman Andrej Sekera recorded his third assist and fourth point of the tournament as the host nation Slovakia doubled up France 6-3 on Friday at the IIHF World Championship.

Richard Panik got the Slovaks on the board with a power-play goal at 13:26 of the opening frame as Sekera got the puck at the point, slid it across to Robert Lantosi for the one-timer and Panik capitalized on the rebound.

Sekera assists on Panik's PPG

Matus Sukel, Libor Hudacek, Erik Cernak, Michal Cajkovsky and Ladislav Nagy also scored for Slovakia in the important victory to bump them up to 2-3 through five games.

With Germany's hot start at 4-0, the hosts will be hard-pressed to secure a spot in quarterfinals, but they can earn as many as 12 points with wins in their final two games against Great Britain on Saturday and Denmark on Tuesday.

The most likely scenario for Slovakia to qualify for quarterfinals would be the United States securing four or less points in their final three games vs. Denmark, Germany and Canada. The host squad's opening day win over the Americans could prove vital.

Day 8 was quiet for the Oilers contingent at the tournament, with only Sekera in action, but Day 9 on Saturday features Denmark (Russell) vs. USA at 4:15am MT, Canada (Nurse) vs. Germany (Draisaitl) at 8:15am MT, Sweden (Larsson) vs. Switzerland at 12:15pm MT and, as mentioned, Slovakia (Sekera) vs. Great Britain also at 12:15pm MT.

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For full coverage of the Oilers competing in this month's IIHF World Championship and their individual and country's performances, visit our international page at EdmontonOilers.com/Worlds.

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WORLDS: Day 7 Coverage

Nurse & Larsson each score their first goal of the tournament as Canada beats France 5-2 and Sweden smashes Austria 9-1

by Ryan Frankson / EdmontonOilers.com

The seventh day of competition at the 2019 IIHF World Championship was a good one for two Oilers defencemen as Darnell Nurse and Adam Larsson each scored in victories for their respective national teams.

Nurse tallied the second goal of the game for the Canadians en route to a 5-2 win over France, while Larsson lit the lamp for Sweden's fourth goal in a 9-1 drubbing of Austria. For both Oilers blueliners, it was their first goal of the tournament.

Jonathan Marchessault made a nifty cross-ice feed to set up Nurse for his one-timer, while William Nylander did the same to tee up Larsson, who was later selected as Sweden's top player of the match.

Nurse scores on a feed from Marchessault

Gabriel Landeskog, Elias Lindholm and Elias Pettersson each recorded a goal and two assists to lead Sweden to the victory that bumped them up to 3-1 on the tournament, while Anthony Mantha tallied twice for Canada to help them improve to 3-1 as well.

RECAP: SWE 9 AUT 1

Next up, it'll be Nurse vs. Leon Draisaitl and the undefeated Germans on Saturday at 8:15am MT, while Larsson and the Swedes face undefeated Switzerland later that day at 12:15pm MT.

Oilers prospect and Bakersfield forward Patrick Russell also made his debut for Denmark on Thursday, since the Condors playoff run came to an end on Monday.

Despite participating in Bakersfield's locker-room cleanout and end-of-season interviews on Wednesday, the 26-year-old made it to Slovakia in time for Denmark's game vs. Finland, playing 16:26 in a 3-1 defeat.

Russell and the 2-2 Danes will play the United States on Saturday at 4:15am MT.

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For full coverage of the Oilers competing in this month's IIHF World Championship and their individual and country's performances, visit our international page at EdmontonOilers.com/Worlds.

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WORLDS: Day 6 Coverage

Draisaitl scores with 27 seconds left in regulation to give Germany a 3-2 win over Slovakia and a 4-0 record to start the tournament

by Ryan Frankson / EdmontonOilers.com

Leon Draisaitl's third goal in four games at the 2019 IIHF World Championship was a huge one as he lit the lamp with just 27 seconds remaining in regulation to give Germany a 3-2 win over Slovakia on Wednesday.

Markus Eisenschmid tallied the equalizer for the Germans with the goalie pulled at the 58:08 mark of the preliminary round matchup, paving the way for Draisaitl's heroics at 59:33 to break the hearts of the host nation for the second straight game. 

Draisaitl scores GWG vs. SVK

Two days earlier, Slovakia lost to Canada 6-5 in similar fashion when Mark Stone sniped the game-winner with just one second left in regulation.

Draisaitl has now recorded one point in each of Germany's games to give him three goals and an assist on the tournament, with the team sitting atop Group A thanks to a perfect 4-0 record.

Leon wasn't the only Oilers player to score during Wednesday's thriller as Slovak captain Andrej Sekera blasted home a power-play goal midway through the second period for his third point in four games.

Sekera scores vs. GER

Germany will look to stay perfect when they face another Oilers delegate Darnell Nurse and Canada on Saturday (8:15am MT) while Slovakia will look to bounce back after two tough losses when they play France on Friday (8:15am MT).

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WORLDS: Larsson logging monster minutes with Sweden

Oilers defenceman deployed in all situations so far at 2019 IIHF World Championship in Slovakia due to his versatility, according to Coach Gronborg

by Julie Robenhymer / Special to EdmontonOilers.com

BRATISLAVA, SLOVAKIA - After eight seasons in the NHL, Adam Larsson has solidified himself as one of the most reliable shutdown defencemen in the league.

He regularly logs more than 20 minutes a game for the Edmonton Oilers, usually playing against the other team's top lines, and his biggest contributions to the team will never be recognized on a stat sheet.

Usually, he likes it that way.

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