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Koivu, Granlund Pace Finland To Opening Win

by Evan Sporer / Minnesota Wild

Mikael Granlund had a three-point game, Mikko Koivu had a goal and an assist, and Finland defeated Belarus 6-2 in its opening game at the 2016 IIHF World Championship on Friday.

Koivu scored midway through the second period to push Finland's lead to 2-0. Granlund picked up the primary assist on the goal. After finishing their NHL seasons on the same line, the two countrymen skated together again to open the tournament.

After Belarus scored 5:27 after Koivu's goal to cut its deficit back to one, Koivu assisted on a power-play goal to get Finland's lead back to two at 3-1.

Eighty seconds after that goal, Granlund scored his first of the tournament, also on the power play, to make it a 4-1 Finland edge.

Granlund recorded his third point of the game — his second goal — 7:51 into the third period at even-strength.

Finland is back in action on Monday against the United States at 12 p.m. (NBCSN).

Canada 5, United States 1

After falling behind 1-0 less than five minutes into the first period, Canada scored five straight goals and defeated the United States and Minnesota Wild forward Jordan Schroeder 5-1 in each team's opening game at the 2016 IIHF World Championship.

Wild defenseman Matt Dumba had had two shots on goal and was a plus-one for Canada. He took 24 shifts totaling 18:47 of ice time, the second-highest among Canadian skaters.

Schroeder recorded two shots on goal, both taken in the second period. He skated 18 shifts, accumulating 13:50 of ice time. He skated on a line with Edmonton Oilers forward Patrick Maroon, and 2016 draft eligible forward Auston Matthews, listed first in the final ISS Rankings, and expected to be the top pick at the 2016 NHL Entry Draft.

Canada continues group play on Sunday against Hungary (4 a.m. CT, TSN). The United States next on Saturday against Belarus (12 p.m. CT, TSN).

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