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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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