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Koivu Ups Point Streak As Finland Stays Unbeaten

by Evan Sporer / Minnesota Wild

Forward Mikko Koivu scored a power-play goal, linemate Mikael Granlund had a game-high five shots on goal, and Finland defeated Slovakia 5-0 on Sunday to remain undefeated (6-0-0-0) at the 2016 IIHF World Championship.

It was the first time in six games this tournament Granlund has been held without a point. Koivu, who is tied for 10th in scoring, and fifth in goals, gave Finland a 1-0 lead, providing the eventual game-winning goal 10:07 into the second period.

Koivu has at least a point in each of Finland’s games at the 2016 tournament.

Granlund had recorded a point in each of Finland's first five games of group play entering Sunday. Koivu completed two points streak this NHL season of six games or longer (eight and seven), in October and November. Granlund's longest point streak this season was three games, done twice. He's twice in his career recorded five-game point streaks.

On Saturday, Koivu and Granlund each had an assist in Finland's 3-1 victory against France, both getting a point on Finland's opening goal — a power-play goal — five minutes into the second period.

Finland will finish out group play in what could be a matchup of the tournament's two undefeated teams when it plays Canada on Tuesday (12 p.m. CT).

Sweden 3, Switzerland 2 (SO)

Forward Nino Niederreiter had a team-high four shots on goal, and scored on one of two shootout attempts, but Switzerland lost to Sweden on Sunday at the IIHF Championship.

Switzerland held two one-goal leads during regulation, but Sweden equalized twice, including a goal by Detroit Red Wings forward Gustav Nyquist with 9:58 to go in the third period that tied the game at 2-2.

Neither team scored in overtime, and needing to convert in the third round of the shootout with Switzerland trailing 1-0, Niederreiter did so.

Niederreiter shot again for Switzerland's next attempt — teams can repeat shooters as many times as they choose after the first three rounds — but Niederreiter was stopped. Sweden scored on its next attempt to complete the comeback victory.

On Saturday, Niederreiter had an assist, but Switzerland lost to Russia, 5-1, snapping a two-game winning streak. It was also the first time in five games at the 2016 tournament Switzerland has lost in regulation and failed to earn at least a point.

Niederreiter assisted on Simon Moser goal with 1:16 remaining in regulation.

Switzerland finishes group play on Tuesday against Czech Republic (4 a.m. CT). The Swiss currently sit in fourth in Group A, but cannot finish any higher.

Germany 3, USA 2

After erasing two one-goal deficits, the United States allowed a tie-breaking goal with 33 seconds remaining in the third period and lost to Germany on Sunday, 3-2.

Defenseman Jack McCabe and forward Auston Matthews each scored for the Americans, who dropped to 3-3-0-0 on the tournament. Minnesota Wild forward Jordan Schroeder had three shots on goal, all coming in the third period, despite seeing his lowest time on ice in six games (8:34).

The United States will look to rebound on Tuesday when it completes group play against Slovakia (4 a.m. CT). Currently in fourth place in Group B, the United States could finish as high as third depending on its result and how Germany does against Hungary on Monday.

Canada 5, Slovakia 0

Defenseman Matt Dumba had three shots on goal, and five different Canadians scored to keep them undefeated with a win on Saturday against Slovakia.

Canada (5-0-0-0) is in second place in Group B; Canada and Finland (first place) are the only two remaining undefeated teams at the 2016 tournament.

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