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WORLDS: Day 3 Coverage

Draisaitl assists as Germany improves to 2-0 at the IIHF tournament with a 2-1 win over Denmark while Larsson's Swedes and Nurse's Canadians bounce back with victories

by Ryan Frankson / 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 2 DENMARK 1

Leon Draisaitl and Germany are off to a fantastic start at Worlds as they improved to 2-0 with a gutsy 2-1 victory over Denmark on Sunday.

The Deutschland squad beat Great Britain 3-1 yesterday and hung to defeat the Danes today to close out their strong opening weekend at the tournament in Slovakia.

RECAP: GER 2 DEN 1

After scoring during Saturday's victory, Draisaitl assisted on Matthias Plachta's opening goal for the Germans on Sunday. Frederik Tiffels tallied the eventual-game winner with 11 seconds remaining in the second period.

Draisaitl sets up Plachta

Mathias Bau brought Denmark within one in the final frame but that was the only shot that got by Mathias Niederberger, who made 19 saves for Germany in the win.

Draisaitl's squad will have Monday off before resuming preliminary round action vs. France on Tuesday.

SWEDEN 8 ITALY 0

After a disappointing 5-2 loss to the Czech Republic in their opening matchup, Sweden took care of business against Italy on Sunday and posted a dominant 8-0 victory to even their record at the World Championship.

RECAP: SWE 8 ITA 0

Former Oilers forward Anton Lander scored three times for Tre Kronor in the shutout win while Loui Eriksson chipped in with three assists. Henrik Lundqvist turned aside all 13 shots he faced from the Italians, who fell to 0-2.

Oilers defenceman Adam Larsson logged 20:26 TOI and went +2 with two shots on goal in the victory.

Next up for Larsson and the Swedes is a matchup with neighbouring Norway on Monday.

CANADA 8 GREAT BRITAIN 0

Much like the Swedes, Canada had a disappointing result in their first game of the tournament, falling 3-1 to Finland. They bounced back in a big way on Sunday, though, crushing Great Britain 8-0.

RECAP: CAN 8 GBR 0

Anthony Mantha led the way for Canada, factoring in on five of the eight goals with two tallies and three helpers. Kyle Turris also had a big game with two goals and an assist, while Carter Hart stopped all six shots he faced in net.

Oilers defenceman Darnell Nurse chipped in with an assist in the lopsided decision for his first point of the tournament. Nurse helped set up Canada's first goal of the game as his blast from the point created a rebound that was knocked home by Mathieu Joseph.

Nurse's shot leads to Joseph's goal

Canada will undoubtedly face a much tougher test in their next matchup on Monday as they take on the host Slovaks, who stunned the Americans 4-1 on Friday but fell 4-2 to Finland yesterday.

Oilers blueliner Andrej Sekera is Slovakia's captain and has picked up an assist in each of their first two games.

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