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Ryan Nugent-Hopkins has a goal and four assists in Canada's 9-3 win over Germany
CANADA 9 - GERMANY 3
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins scored a goal and added four assists on his way to helping Canada to a big 9-3 win over Germany on Wednesday.
RNH's first assist came as the he kicked the puck over to Xavier Oullet near the blue line while on the power play. Oullet skated to the right face-off circle and tried to pass it backdoor but it ended up going off the German defender in front and in to give the Canadians a 1-0 lead just over three minutes in.
Six minutes later, Jonathan Huberdeau spotted Nugent-Hopkins at the left side of the net and the centre showed enough patience to wait for a moment before backhanding it in past the German netminder.
The Germans got one back near the end of the period and it was Oilers prospect Tobias Rieder who netted the power play marker. Leonard Pfoderl threaded a pass across the slot right on the stick of Rieder, who one-timed a blast in past Subban to make it 2-1 at the end of the first period.
In the second period, Canada exploded for four goals in the first 13:48 of the period to expand their lead to 6-1.
2:18 into the period, Nugent-Hopkins' shot from point-blank range just missed the mark but the puck bounced off the end boards and right on the stick of Mark Scheifele who chopped at the puck and saw it go in for the 3-1 lead.
Canada added two more goals -- Ty Rattie and Ryan Strome -- before Germany scored twice to make it 6-3.
With two seconds left in the period, Canada struck again. Huberdeau passed it over to Nugent-Hopkins who quickly spotted Scheifele blazing down the middle of the ice. Scheifele made no mistake, putting the puck in.
The goal made it 7-3 for Canada and gave Nugent-Hopkins five points on the day (one goal, four assists).
Canada added two more goals in the third period to make the final 9-3.
Post-game interview with Ryan Nugent-Hopkins | Highlights: Canada vs. Germany
SWEDEN 4, CZECH REPUBLIC 1
|Oilers prospect David Musil (photo by Getty Images)|
Sweden got on the board early with goals by Sebastien Collberg and Elias Lindholm in the opening four minutes to take a 2-0 lead.
Three minutes into the second period, Filip Sandberg scored to extend the Swedish lead to 3-0 and just past the midway point of the third period, Filip Forsberg's goal made it 4-0 for the Swedes.
Czech captain Lukas Sedlak had a goal with six seconds left to break the shutout bid of Joel Lassinantti and make the final 4-1.
David Musil had eight minutes in penalties -- two for slashing, one for high-sticking and a coincidental penalty for roughing -- and a minus-two rating with one shot on net.
Highlights: Sweden vs. Czech Republic
RUSSIA 3 - SLOVAKIA 2 (OT)
|Oilers prospect Nail Yakupov (photo by Getty Images)|
Russia got off to a good start with a goal 14:04 in by Nikita Kucherov. The lead was extended near the midway point of the second period after Alexander Khokhlachyov scored to make it a 2-0 game. Oilers prospect Nail Yakupov got an assist on the second Russian goal.
However, six minutes later Slovakia struck to draw back within one goal. Matus Matis scored the goal.
The game remained 2-1 for Russia until there were six seconds left in regulation time. While on the power play and with the goaltender pulled for an extra attacker, Richard Mraz scored to tie it up.
It looked like Russia was on the ropes but a power play in overtime gave them some new life. Five seconds into a man advantage following a tripping penalty to David Bajanik, Russia's Albert Yarullin blasted the puck in to give the Russians a hard-fought 3-2 victory.
Yakupov had an even rating and one shot on goal as well as an assist in the game with an even rating. Danil Zharkov also had one shot on goal and an even rating but no points.
Highlights: Russia vs. Slovakia