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World Championship: Spezza, Seguin Help Canada Top Sweden

by Mark Stepneski / Dallas Stars

Jason Spezza assisted on the game-winning goal and Tyler Seguin sealed the victory with an empty-net goal as Canada rallied to defeat Sweden, 6-4, at the World Championship in Czech Republic Wednesday.

Canada, which trailed 3-0 after period, improved to 4-0 in preliminary play at the tournament. Sweden suffered its defeat in four games.

"We had a big wake-up call in the first," Seguin told IIHF.com. "We went to the dressing room and talked before the second. A lot of guys were saying we can do better. We can score goals. We can be better at defending. We put it all together and came away with three points.”

Spezza picked up a secondary assist on a Tyler Ennis power-play goal that gave Canada a 5-4 lead with 6:29 remaining in the third period. Ennis roofed a shot over goaltender Anders Nilsson off the rush.

Seguin scored into an empty net from the top of the left circle with 1:50 remaining to make it a 6-4 final score.

Sweden led 3-0 after one period, but Canada got goals from Aaron Ekblad, Taylor Hall and Sean Couturier in the second period to tie. Oscar Moller scored late in the period to put Sweden back on top, 4-3, but Canadian defenseman Patrick Wiercioch tied the game 4-4 midway through the third.

Spezza played primarily on a line with Matt Duchene and Nathan MacKinnon, registering the one assist and four shots in 11:34 of ice time. Spezza has registered four points (two goals, two assists) in four games.

Seguin played with Claude Giroux and Ryan O’Reilly, registering one goal and four shots in 16:03 of ice time. Seguin has scored two goals in two games.

Cody Eakin rotated in on Canada’s fourth line, playing 8:02 with no points and one shot on goal. Eakin has scored two goals in four games.

John Klingberg had one assist and no shots on goal in 20:27 of ice time for Sweden. Klingberg has three assists in four games.

Jhonas Enroth was the backup for Sweden in the game.

Wednesday’s results

Latvia 2, Switzerland 1

Russia 5, Denmark 2

Canada 6, Sweden 4

Norway 3, Slovakia 2

Tuesday’s results

Switzerland 1, Germany 0

Belarus 5, Denmark 1

France 2, Austria 0

Slovakia 3, Slovenia 1

Thursday’s games

France vs. Czech Republic, 9:15 a.m.

Belarus vs. United States, 9:15 a.m.

Germany vs. Sweden, 1:15 p.m.

Slovenia vs. Finland, 1:15 p.m.

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Hockey League or Dallas Stars Hockey Club. Mark Stepneski is an independent writer whose posts on DallasStars.com reflect his own opinions and do not represent official statements from the Dallas Stars. You can follow Mark on Twitter @StarsInsideEdge.

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