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WORLDS RECAP: O'REILLY HELPER CAPS 4-0 WIN FOR CANADA OVER FRANCE

by Jourdon LaBarber / Buffalo Sabres

Ryan O'Reilly's assist to Corey Perry in the third period capped yet another shutout victory for Canada, 4-0 over France at the IIHF World Championship in St. Petersburg, Russia on Monday. The Canadians remain undefeated through six games in the Preliminary Round.

It was another dominant win for Team Canada, which outshot the French team 46-13 overall and 20-5 in the third period. Mark Stone opened the scoring with a power-play goal in the first, which was followed by goals from Matt Duchene, Mark Scheifele and Perry.

Canadian goaltender Calvin Pickard only needed to make 13 saves for his first shutout of the tournament. Cam Talbot was in net for Canada's 5-0 win over Slovakia on Saturday as well as their 8-0 win over Belarus last Monday.

O'Reilly's assist on Perry's goal gives him four helpers and six points overall. The Sabres forward caught a pass from Perry near the net and then dished the puck back with a no-look, backhand pass as Perry skated into the slot.

Sabres forward Sam Reinhart, who has two assists in the tournament, logged just 1:33 of ice time on Monday.

Canada has dominated its opponents at the World Championship thus far, outscoring them 34-4. The Canadians' greatest test awaits them, however, in a matchup with fellow undefeated Finland at 1:15 p.m. EST time on Tuesday. The winner will clinch the top seed in Group B heading into quarterfinal play.

Jake McCabe, Hudson Fasching and Team USA and Zemgus Girgensons and Latvia will also conclude their Preliminary Round play on Tuesday. The U.S. plays Slovakia at 5:15 a.m. EST with the winner advancing to the Quarterfinal Round. The game can be seen live on NBCSN.

Latvia will play Norway at 9:15 a.m. EST, but whether or not they'll be playing to advance first depends on the outcomes of Denmark's game against Kazakhstan on Monday afternoon and Switzerland's game against the Czech Republic on Tuesday morning. If Denmark and Switzerland both lose in regulation, Latvia can advance as the fourth seed in Group A with a win.

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