, the top scoring defenseman in the tournament, scored his fourth goal of the World Championships, a first period power-play marker to help Team Canada to 5-1 win over the Czech Republic in the first game of the Qualifying Round. Weber now has seven points in his first four games, tied for the fourth most points in the tournament behind only Martin St. Louis (11 points), Ilya Kovalchuk (9 points), and Niko Kapanen (8 points).
Steven Stamkos scored two goals – including the eventual game-winning score – and dished out an assist to pace the Canadian offense, as Team Canada improved to 4-0 on the tournament. Weber led Canada in ice time with 25:18, while fellow Preds defenseman Dan Hamhuis was second on the team with 22:23 of ice time.
In other action on the first day of the Qualifying Round, forward Alexander Radulov
picked up his fourth point of the tournament with an assist in Team Russia’s 6-5 overtime win against Sweden. Dmitri Kalinin netted the game-winner 4:04 into the overtime session, his second goal of the game. Ilya Kovalchuk assisted on the overtime goal, his third assist of the game. Kristian Huselius paced the Team Sweden offense with two goals and an assist, including the game-tying score with just 1:14 remaining in regulation.Roman Josi
, Nashville’s 2008 second round pick, and Team Switzerland dropped a 2-1 shootout decision against Latvia.Click here for the Predators World Championships homepage