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Finland Runs Group Play Table, Defeats Canada

by Evan Sporer / Minnesota Wild

Forward Mikael Granlund had an assist, and Finland defeated Canada 4-0 on Tuesday to finish group play undefeated at the 2016 IIHF World Championship.

The final game before the quarterfinal round, both teams entered their seventh game undefeated, tied atop Group B. Granlund assisted on Finland's second goal with 3:57 remaining in the second period when he hit Leo Komarov with a pass after Canada turned the puck over in the neutral zone.

Finland forward and Minnesota Wild captain Mikko Koivu did not record a point, the first time in the 2016 tournament he has been held scoreless. Granlund finished with nine points in seven group games, tied for fourth in scoring. Koivu had seven points in seven games, and finished tied for eighth with four goals.

Canada and Wild defenseman Matt Dumba had a shot on goal in 12:05 of ice time against Finland.

Both teams advanced out of the preliminary round to the quarterfinals, which begin on Thursday.

Quarterfinal Schedule, Thursday, May 19 (all times C.T.)
Czech Republic – United States

 8:15 a.m.

Finland – Denmark

 8:15 a.m.

Russia – Germany  12:15 p.m.
Canada – Sweden  12:15 p.m.

Czech Republic 5, Switzerland 4

A late comeback bid fell short, and Switzerland lost to Czech Republic on Tuesday at the IIHF World Championship, ending its tournament.

Forward Nino Niederreiter had a team-high four shots on goal. He finished the tournament with three goals, three asissts, and 30 shots on goal in seven games. He tied for a team lead in goals, and led all Swiss skaters in shots.

Switzerland led 1-0 in the first period against Czech Republic, but conceded the next three goals to fall behind 3-1. Switzerland got back within a goal at the 5:38 mark of the third period, but Czech Republic extended its lead back to two goals 4:21 later at 4-2.

On the power play with just over five minutes remaining, Switzerland pulled its goalie, and Czech Republic scored into the empty net to make it 5-2.

Switzerland would fight back though, cutting its deficit back to two goals 87 seconds after Czech Republic's empty-net goal.

Another Switzerland goal, this time with the goalie pulled, made it a 5-4 game with 26 seconds remaining in regulation, but that's as close as it would get.

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