For the third consecutive game, forwards Mikael Granlund and Mikko Koivu each recorded at least a point, and for the third time in as many tries, Finland won at the 2016 IIHF World Championship, on Monday, when it defeated the United States 3-2.
Koivu and Granlund, who finished their Minnesota Wild seasons skating on a line together, have been reunited for Finland in this tournament. They teamed up in the first period when Granlund sent a backhand pass from the facecoff circle to Koivu in the slot. The Wild's captain wasted little time, snapping a shot under the crossbar and past Montreal Canadiens goalie Mike Condon to make it 1-0 Finland midway through the first period.
Finland would lead 2-0 before the United States made it 2-1 late in the first period. Another USA goal tied the game 53 seconds into the third period, before Toronto Maple Leafs forward Leo Komarov scored the game-winner with 15:44 remaining in regulation.
Granlund had one shot on goal, and has two goals and four assists for the tournament, tied for the lead among all skaters with six points. Koivu had two shots on goal, and has two goals and two assists in three games. Forward Jordan Schroeder was a plus-one for the United States.
Finland will look to win its fourth game when it resumes tournament play on Wednesday against Hungary (12 p.m. CT). The United States, now 1-2-0, will look to pull back to .500 when it faces France on Thursday (8 a.m. CT; NBCSN).
Canada 8, Belarus 0
Defenseman Matt Dumba and Canada remained undefeated at the 2016 IIHF World Championship with a 8-0 victory against Belarus on Monday.
Dumba recorded two shots on goal in 15:56 of ice time. He has yet to record a point in Canada's three wins to open group play.
Canada is back in action on Thursday against Germany (12 p.m. CT; TSN).