Finland tops Team USA at Ice Hockey World Championship as Canada wins third straight game
TAMPERE, Finland — Sakari Manninen scored and added two assists as host Finland beat the United States 4-1 to maintain a perfect record at the ice hockey world championship on Monday.
After Nashville Predators forward Mikael Granlund gave Finland a 1-0 power play lead in the first period, Austin Watson was handed a major penalty early in the half for a hit on Teemu Hartikainen. Granlund has played well for the hosts after being a late addition after the Predators ended the playoffs last week.
Former NHL forward Valtteri Filppula and Manninen used the next five-minute power play to increase the lead to 3-0, and Mikko Lehtonen added the fourth later in the frame.
Arizona Coyotes forward Alex Galchenyuk scored the Americans’ consolation goal in the third period.
Finnish goalkeeper Jussi Olkinuora stopped 29 shots, including 15 in the final period.
Finland top Group B in Tampere with nine points from three matches. Team USA has five points in third place.
Winnipeg Jets center Pierre-Luc Dubois scored twice to ignite defending champions Canada against Slovakia 5-1 for a third straight win. After the teams entered mid-period at 1-1, Dubois scored the eventual winner on the power play and added one more to double the advantage with his fourth goal of the tournament.
Adam Lowry, Morgan Geekie and Cole Sillinger, celebrating his 19th birthday, also scored for Canada at the top of Group A in Helsinki with nine points from three games. Slovakia has three points.
Goaltender Logan Thompson made 34 saves as Team Canada outshot Slovakia 44-35.
In another Group A game, Germany beat France 3-2 for a second victory, while Latvia beat Norway 3-2 to record their first victory in Group B.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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