Tyler Seguin scored three goals and Jason Spezza chipped in with one goal and one assist as Canada routed Belarus, 9-0, Thursday to advance to the semifinals at the World Championship in Czech Republic.
Canada is a perfect 8-0 at the tournament and has outscored its opposition 58-14. Up next for Canada is Czech Republic in the semifinals. The USA and Russia also advanced to the semifinals on Thursday.
Seguin has scored eight goals, all of them over the past six games.
"I think for me personally, I started off the tournament not getting bounces. I’m obviously more happy when they go in,” Seguin told IIHF.com. “We’re not the team that started out back in Vienna and Austria some 20 days ago. We’ve gotten better every day. We’ve grown as a team. We’ve come together, and we’re going to try to continue doing that."
Canada was in control from the start on Thursday. Brent Burns scored what proved to be the game-winning goal 27 seconds into the first period. Seguin scored late in the first to put Canada up 4-0, taking a pass from Spezza and tallying off a shot from the top of the left circle. Seguin then scored from the bottom of the left circle early in the second to make it a 5-0 game. He completed the hat trick in the third, chipping in a puck from close range to give Canada a 7-0 lead. Spezza rounded out the scoring in the game, putting in a shot from near the goal line off the rush late in the third period.
Spezza now has 13 points (five goals, eight assists) in eight games and leads the tournament in scoring. Seguin’s eight goals in eight games has him tied for the tournament lead.
Cody Eakin did not factor in the scoring in Thursday’s game. He has four points (three goals, one assist).
Russia eliminates Sweden
John Klingberg and Jhonas Enroth are done at the World Championship after Sweden fell to Russia, 5-3, in Thursday’s quarterfinals. Sweden rallied from a 3-0 deficit to tie the game in the third period, but Evgeny Malkin scored 25 seconds after Sweden’s game-tying goal to put Russia up for good. Vladimir Tarasenko sealed the win with an empty-net goal.
Klingberg had one goal and one assist for Sweden. Klingberg scored on the power play, tallying off a wrist shot from the slot to cut Russia’s lead to 3-1 in the second period. He picked up a secondary assist on an Anton Lander goal early in the third to make it a 3-2 game.
Klingberg finished the tournament with six points (two goals, four assists) in eight games. He led Sweden with a plus-nine rating.
Enroth got the start in goal but was pulled early in the second period after Malkin scored on a breakaway to put Russia up 3-0. Enroth stopped 10 of 13 shots in the game. He finished the tournament with a 2.72 goals-against average and .876 save percentage.
Jagr, Czechs oust Finland
Esa Lindell and Jyrki Jokipakka had their run at the World Championship end Thursday as Finland fell, 5-3, to Czech Republic. Jaromir Jagr scored two goals and chipped in with one assist for the Czechs.
Jagr scored the game-winner with 4:30 remaining in the third period, coming out from behind the net and beating Finnish goaltender Pekka Rinne from close range to snap a 3-3 tie.
Neither Esa Lindell nor Jyrki Jokipakka factored in the scoring for Finland. Lindell played 18:15 and had three shots on goal. He had a great chance to tie the game in the final minute, but his point-blank bid was stopped by Czech goaltender Ondrej Pavelec. Lindell finished the tournament with six points (one goal, five assists) in eight games.
Jokipakka played 8:58 in Thursday’s game. He finished the tournament with two goals in eight games.
USA rallies past Switzerland
The USA advanced to the semifinals with a 3-1 victory over Switzerland. The Swiss took a 1-0 lead into the first intermission on a goal by Roman Josi, but goals from Ben Smith and Charlie Coyle 57 seconds apart midway through the second period gave the USA a 2-1 lead. Jake Gardiner extended the lead with a goal midway through the third.
Stars goaltending prospect Jack Campbell served as the backup to Connor Hellebuyck, who stopped 21 of 22 shots for the USA.
USA 3, Switzerland 1
Canada 9, Belarus 0
Russia 5, Sweden 3
Czech Republic 5, Finland 3
Canada vs. Czech Republic, 8:15 a.m.
USA vs. Russia, 12:15 p.m.
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