MacKinnon, Canada rolls past Denmark
Cody Hodgson (Sabres) had a hat trick Thursday at Chizhovka Arena, helping Canada and the Avalanche’s Nathan MacKinnon to a 6-1 win against Denmark in a Group A preliminary-round game at the 2014 IIHF World Championship in Belarus.
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Flyers forward Matt Read scored twice for the Canadians (3-0-1, 10 points), and Panthers forward Jonathan Huberdeau also found the net.
Canada goaltender Ben Scrivens (Oilers) made 29 saves and improved to 2-0-0 in the fifth all-time Worlds matchup between Denmark and Canada.
MacKinnon, who had a goal and an assist in Canada’s three previous Worlds games, totaled 11:29 of ice time across 17 shifts but fired off just one first-period shot against the Danes (1-3-0, three).
Avs defenseman prospect Markus Lauridsen was on the ice for 5:32 for Denmark and was called for a high stick at 14:31 of the second period.
"As a team we had a strategy of wearing [the Danes] down and keeping pucks in their end,” Hodgson told the IIHF website, “and, eventually, that showed in the third period as we had so much possession time.”
Denmark’s Nicklas Jensen scored 9:06 into the first period to tie the game 1-1, but Canada responded with five unanswered the rest of the way, though it led just 2-1 entering the final 20 minutes.
Both of Read’s scores came in the first 3:08 of the final period to put Canada ahead 4-1. Huberdeau made it 5-1 about five minutes later, and Hodgson capped his day on a rebound score at 10:24.
Canada will next face Italy on Friday, with other preliminary games remaining against Sweden on Sunday and on Monday against Norway and Avs blueline prospect Jonas Holos (one goal, one assist, four games), whose 128.05 of ice time in Belarus leads all tournament players.
Denmark will take on Czech Republic on Saturday before facing France on Monday and Slovakia on Tuesday on the final day of preliminary play.
IIHF WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP INFORMATION
The 16-team field is divided into two groups for the Preliminary Round (May 9 to 20), and the top-four ranked teams of each group will play in a crossover, single-elimination quarterfinal setup on May 22.
The first-place team in each preliminary group plays the fourth-place team of the other group, while the second-place team plays the third-place team of the other group. Semifinals will be played May 24, and advancing teams will play for medals on May 25.
All preliminary round games will be played under the international, three-point system, with three points awarded for a regulation win. In there’s a regulation tie, both teams will earn a point, and an additional point will be awarded for an overtime win (five minutes).
A shootout will be utilized for games still tied after overtime.
Final IIHF world rankings will be produced after the 2014 Championship and will be based on rankings of the four most recent World Championships and of the last Olympic men’s ice hockey tournament (including qualification tournaments).