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World Championships Day 12: Zibanejad Stays Hot in Win Over Russia

Team USA suffers first loss

by Matt Calamia @MattCalamia / NYRangers.com

Mika Zibanejad stayed red hot with a goal and an assist for Sweden, who finished the preliminary round of the World Championships undefeated in seven games to finish first in Group A.

Zibanejad finished with five goals and four assists for nine points in seven games, while Lias Andersson had a goal and an assist.

Tweet from @IIHFHockey: TIE GAME! Zibanejad scores on the powerplay and gets @Trekronorse on the board! #RUSvsSWE #IIHFWorlds pic.twitter.com/iqjnHGfCAh

Pavel Buchnevich had a goal and three assists in seven games for Russia, while Igor Shesterkin had shutout victories in both his starts.

Chris Kreider picked up an assist for Team USA, who suffered its first loss of the tournament against Finland, 6-2.

Kreider finished the preliminary round with two goals and six assists for eight points and a plus-5 rating. Defenseman Neal Pionk, meanwhile, finished with two goals and an assist in the seven games.

Forward Filip Chytil scored his first goal of the tournament on Monday and finished with two points during the preliminary round.

After a tournament-wide day off, play resumes on Thursday with the quarterfinal round.

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