US, Russia & Sweden Win On Sunday
Sunday, 05.16.2010 / 9:25 PM / World Championships
The United States earned their second straight shutout in relegation play (Scott Clemmensen stopped all 10 shots) as they beat France 4-0. Russia meanwhile thumped Denmark 6-1 a day after beating Germany.
In the marquee match-up of the day, Sweden earned a hard fought 3-1 victory over Canada.
UNITED STATES 4 - France 0
COLOGNE - The United States beat France 4-0 for its second straight win at the IIHF World Championship on Sunday and moved itself into a prime position to avoid being relegated to international hockey’s second tier.
The USA has six points, while France and Italy have three apiece. The Italians beat Kazakhstan 2-1 on Sunday, creating the possibility of a three-way knot for first place when the relegation round ends Tuesday.
The easiest way for the Americans to avoid being relegated is to gain at least one point against the Italians on Tuesday.
"We're not where we want to be but we want to win all three games in the relegation round," said USA captain Jack Johnson. "The easiest way to avoid going down is to win Tuesday's game, and we will be ready."
Nick Foligno, with a pair of goals, Brandon Dubinsky and T.J. Oshie scored for the USA in the second period and goaltender Scott Clemmensen didn’t exactly have a tough game in registering the USA’s second shutout in as many days turning away all 10 French shots.
RUSSIA 6 - Denmark 1
COLOGNE – Pavel Datsyuk scored a hat trick and Alexander Ovechkin kept his goal streak going, adding his fifth in the tournament in as many games. The Kovalchuk-Malkin-Datsyuk line collected ten points as Russia beat Denmark 6-1.
Russia now hasn’t lost a World Championship game since the 2-1 overtime loss to Finland in 2007.
"We wanted to make sure that we'd respect Denmark, and play organized hockey, and we did just that," said Vyachselav Bykov, Russia's coach.
"There were a couple of minutes in the second period where we lost the discipline, but I'm happy with the result," he added.
Russia had added Evgeni Malkin and Sergei Gonchar to the team that beat Germany last night, bringing the total of Vancouver Olympians on the roster up to 14. Coach Bykov had placed both players in Ilya Kovalchuk’s unit, together with Pavel Datsyuk and Dmitri Kalinin.
SWEDEN 3 - Canada 1
MANNHEIM – Jonas Andersson scored two quick goals in the second period to propel the Swedes to a 3-1 win over Canada at SAP Arena. The game featured only one minor penalty through the first two periods, to Sweden, a good indication of the uninspired play from both sides.
The win puts Sweden in a tie for first place in Group F with nine points with the Swiss, but Switzerland has a game in hand. Canada is now in third place with six points.
"I think you always want to beat a team like Canada," said Jonathan Ericsson. "It was huge for us. It was a good test, and we've made it through to the quarterfinals. We're still going to try to win our group and give ourselves the best opportunity to make it as far as possible."