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O'Reilly nets two points as Canada clinches top spot in Group B

Latvia facing must-win game following loss to Russia

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

Ryan O'Reilly extended his point streak to three games with a goal and an assist as Canada defeated Norway 5-0 in Paris, France on Monday. With the victory, the Canadians have clinched the top seed in Group B entering quarterfinal play. 

Canada outshot Norway 48-10 and scored four of its five goals on the power play. Brayden Schenn opened the scoring with the extra man with 2:12 remaining in the first period, and O'Reilly assisted on the first of Colton Parayko's two power-play goals less than a minute later.

Mark Scheifele scored the only even-strength goal of the game for Canada, and he assisted on O'Reilly's power-play marker to cap the scoring with 2:40 remaining in the third. 

 

Nathan MacKinnon tallied three assists for Canada, extending his team-leading point total to 11 5+6).

O'Reilly now has three goals and an assist in his last three games and five points (4+1) total. In addition to the two points he did tally on Monday, he also had an unsuccessful penalty shot and this pass to set up Wayne Simmonds for what would have been a goal had the net not been dislodged:

 

 

The Canadians will close the preliminary round against Finland on Tuesday at 2:15 p.m. The game can be seen live on NHL Network.

 

RUS 5 - LAT 0 

It will be win or go home for Zemgus Girgensons and Latvia when they meet host country Germany on Tuesday, with the two teams still tied with nine points apiece after Latvia lost 5-0 against Russia on Monday.

Artemi Panarin led the way with three points (0+3) for the Russians, who outshot the Latvians 36-24. Bogdan Kiselevich, Ivan Telegin, Vladislav Namestnikov, Nikita Kucherov and Anton Belov all scored goals for Russia. 

Girgensons skated 16:38 and tallied two shots. 
 
The winner of the game between Latvia and Germany on Tuesday will secure the fourth seed in the Group A standings and advance to quarterfinal play. Puck drop is scheduled for 2:15 p.m.

Russia, meanwhile, will play Jack Eichel and Team USA at 10:15 a.m. with the winner clinching the top seed in Group A. That game can be seen live on NBCSN or streamed on nbcsports.com and the NBC Sports app. 

 

 

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