POSTED ON Sunday, 05.13.2012 / 8:19 AM ET
CANADA 8, KAZAKHSTAN 0
Kazakhstan started well against Canada, keeping the score to 1-0 through the first 30 minutes.
“It was a tight game early,” said Phaneuf. “They came out hard. We respected them as an opponent - I think any team in this tournament has proven it can win on any given night.”
Corey Perry, Alex Burrows, Evander Kane, John Tavares, Teddy Purcell and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins also scored on a night where all but five players recorded at least one point for Canada (5-0-1). Duncan Keith and Ryan Getzlaf each added three assists.
Early third-period goals, 50 seconds apart, by Kane, Tavares and Purcell chased Vladislov Kolesnik from the net before Phaneuf got his second goal of the night at 5:53 against backup Vitali Yeremeyev.
“We wanted to try and wear them down and try and wear their belief down,” said Tavares. “I think over the course of the game we did that. Eventually, we got the results that we wanted.”
Canada can clinch the top seed in the Helsinki pool with a victory in its final round robin game against Belarus on Tuesday. After that, it will need three straight victories to claim the country's first world championship gold since 2007.
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John Tavares scored a goal and an assist as Canada cruised to an 8-0 victory Saturday in Helsinki
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POSTED ON Sunday, 05.13.2012 / 8:08 AM ET
France pulled the biggest upset of the tournament Saturday, beating Switzerland for the first time in 12 years, 4-2.
Teddy and Stéphane da Costa scored a goal each for France, Cristobal Huet made 41 saves.
Switzerland outshot France 43-27, but Huet was as good as the French needed him to be, and France scored two powerplay goals in the third period when Goran Bezina received a five-minute major for checking to the head.
Swiss Captain Mark Streit leads his club's defensemen in scoring with four points (two goals, two assists) in five games.
The Swiss return to action Sunday at 1:15 p.m. EST against Slovakia.
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POSTED ON Friday, 05.11.2012 / 3:10 PM ET
CANADA 5, FINLAND 3
John Tavares' third goal of the tournament kicked off four-straight goals for Team Canada in their 5-3 comeback win over Finland on Friday in Helsinki.
The Canadians trailed 2-0 after the first period, but leveled the score at three in the second frame on goals from Alexandre Burrows, Tavares and Jeff Skinner. Evander Kane broke the tie at 6:04 of the third period to give Canada its first lead of the game and Jordan Eberle iced the game with an empty netter.
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POSTED ON Friday, 05.11.2012 / 11:41 AM ET
USA 3, KAZAKHSTAN 2 (OT)
Justin Faulk scored two goals, including the OT winner for Team USA. while goaltender Vitali Kolesnik made 47 saves for Kazakhstan.
The last time these two teams met, in May 2010, Team USA beat Kazakhstan 10-0. This year, Team USA is still in the hunt for the top seed in the Helsinki group.
With 22 seconds remaining, Max Pacioretty drive towards the net and flipped the puck to Faulk, who just snapped it in to win the game for the U.S., 3-2.
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POSTED ON Thursday, 05.10.2012 / 12:38 PM ET
Kyle Okposo did not add to his tournament point total (two goals, one assist), but did lead US forwards in icetime.
"We've got a lot of work to do," said Pacioretty after. "We haven’t really put together a full game like we want. Once we do, we’ll be a very powerful team. We need to find a way to play for 60 minutes, and we’ll find success."
The win vaults the U.S. into third place of Group A with a 2-1-0-1 (W-OTW-OTL-L) record for eight points.
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Team USA got goals from five different players to beat Belarus 5-3 at the World Hockey Championship.
POSTED ON Wednesday, 05.9.2012 / 4:10 PM ET
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John Tavares scored a goal and an assist to help Canada defeat Mark Streit, Nino Niederreiter and the Swiss 3-2 Wednesday in Helsinki.
Team Canada Captain Ryan Getzlaf scored 8:02 into the third period to break a 2-2 deadlock, firing a bomb past goaltender Tobias Stephan from the top of the right circle.
Jordan Eberle also had a goal for Canada (3-0-1), while Cam Ward picked up the victory in net.
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POSTED ON Tuesday, 05.8.2012 / 3:42 PM ET
Swiss captain Mark Streit recorded an assist for his team-leading fourth point (2g/2a) of the tournament, but Switzerland fell to Finland 5-2 Tuesday in Helsinki.
The Swiss, who fell to 2-1 in the tournament, look to rebound Wednesday at 1:15 p.m. EST against Team Canada.
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POSTED ON Monday, 05.7.2012 / 4:41 PM ET
DENMARK 4, SWEDEN 6
Frans Nielsen recorded two assists to spark Denmark to a late comeback bid, but Sweden held on for a 6-4 win Monday in Stockholm.
Denmark, which fell to 0-3 in the tournament, returns to action Thursday against Russia.
Nielsen currently leads his club in assists (3) and points (3).
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POSTED ON Monday, 05.7.2012 / 4:08 PM ET
USA 2, SLOVAKIA 4
Miroslav Satan scored an empty net goal with 38 seconds remaining to put the finishing touches on Slovakia's 4-2 upset win against Team USA at the World Championships in Helsinki.
Paul Stastny scored for the Americans on a 5-on-3 power play opportunity with 1:13 left in the second period to make it a 3-2 game.
Andrej Sekera scored to give Slovakia a 3-1 lead with six seconds left in the first period. That goal came a little more than four minutes after Carolina defenseman Justin Faulk scored on a long shot from the point to shrink Slovakia's lead to 2-1. Kyle Okposo assisted on Faulk's tally.
The Slovaks built a 2-0 lead on goals by Dominik Granak and former NHL player Branko Radivojevic.
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POSTED ON Monday, 05.7.2012 / 11:51 AM ET
Patrick Sharp finished with a goal and four assists to lead Team Canada to a 7-2 win over France in Helsinki on Monday.
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins opened the scoring 1:59 into the first period and went on to add another goal and an assist, while and Jamie Benn had two goals and an assist. John Tavares finished with one assist and an even plus-minus rating, while leading his team's forwards in icetime with 18:41.
Jordan Eberle and Corey Perry also scored for Canada (2-0-1). Goaltender Devan Dubnyk picked up the victory in his first ever start at the world championship.
Brian Henderson and Alexandre Rouleau tallied for France (1-2-0).
Team Canada returns to action against Mark Streit, Nino Niederretier and the Swiss team on Wednesday at 1:15 p.m.
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