Six games on the schedule on Day 9 of the 2015 IIHF World Championship in the Czech Republic. Here's what you need to know:
Tyler Ennis and Canada survived a scare against France with the help of their rather effective power play to earn a 4-3 win. After Tyler Seguin and Jordan Eberle scored just over a minute apart in the first period to jump out to a 2-0 lead, Julien Desrosiers scored late in the period to cut the lead in half. Seguin would get his second power-play goal of the game late in the second to make it 3-1 Canada.
Early in the third, France would score twice in 35 seconds, including one with the man advantage, to tie the game at three with 13 minutes left in regulation, but just over two minutes later, Eberle would notch another power play goal for his second of the game to give Canada the 4-3 lead.
-With only three goals with the man advantage in the first four games, Canada has been trying to improve their power play at every practice and it certainly paid off today going 3-for-6 that proved to be essential to the win. They are now 37.5 percent effective with the man advantage through their first five games.
-Canada dominated the puck possession game and outshot France 43-21.
Andrej Meszaros and Slovakia went toe to toe with Finland for 50 minutes until Joonas Donskoi deflected a shot from the top of the circle to break the deadlock and give Finland the 1-0 lead. A beautiful pass from behind the goal line and quick release in the slot later, plus an empty net goal and it was a 3-0 final.
Slovakia is on the outside looking in of the quarterfinals with only two games remaining in the preliminary round, against Russia and Team USA.
Russia thumped Belarus 7-0 with goals by Ilya Kovalchuk, Vladimir Tarasenko, Vadim Shipachyov, Artemi Panarin, Sergei Shirokov, Yevgeni Dadonov and Yevgeni Malkin and a split shutout for Sergei Bobrovski and Anton Khudobin, who played the final 3:49 of the game.
Latvia and Austria are jockeying for position in the basement of Group A as they try to avoid relegation and the desperate effort by both teams was on display in this game. Austria scored late in the first period with Latvia scoring midway in the second to tie the game at one.
It was a constant back-and-forth battle up and down the ice with many spectacular saves in the third period. This one would require overtime, but only 33 seconds of it as Kaspars Daugavins fired off a wrister from the hash marks on a 3-on-2 rush to help Latvia earn the extra point in the standings.
Denmark defeated Norway 4-1 and greatly improved their chances of avoiding relegation while officially eliminating Norway from the quarterfinals. It was the power play that made the difference for the Danes as they scored twice with the man advantage tonight.
Sweden defeated Switzerland, 2-1, in overtime thanks to Filip Forsberg's power play shot less than four minutes into bonus hockey. Switzerland hasn't had the best tournament so far and it won't get any easier with their two remaining games against Canada tomorrow and Czech Republic on Tuesday. Not to mention Germany is breathing down their necks for a spot in the quarterfinal.
When you look at the Group B standings, the top three teams are tied with 12 points and are listed in order of highest goal differential: Russia, Finland, USA.
Should these teams remain tied at the end of the preliminary round on Tuesday, they would actually be ranked Team USA, the winner of the RUS-FIN game on Tuesday, followed by the loser. The first tie breaker is head-to-head competition and since the U.S. defeated both teams, they'd get the higher seeding for the quarterfinals.
Sunday at 10:15 a.m. ET, the Czech Republic plays Germany while Slovenia seeks its first point of the tournament against the U.S. You can watch the latter on NBCSN or TSN in Canada.
Then at 2:15 p.m. ET, Meszaros and Slovakia will fight for their quarterfinal lives against Russia, while Ennis and Canada look to remain perfect against Switzerland. You can watch that game on TSN in Canada.