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Canada Claims Top Spot In Group A

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Canada concluded the preliminary round of the 2014 World Hockey Championship with a 3-2 win over Norway on Tuesday. The win secured first place in Group A and Canada’s quarter-final opponent will be known later today. All quarter-final games will be on Thursday with Canada’s game on TSN.

James Reimer started in net for Canada and wasn’t tested often as he faced just 16 shots. Reimer has a 3-0-1 record and a 2.20 GAA. It is not known who will start in net for Thursday’s quarter-final.

Morgan Rielly saw an increase in ice-time thanks to Canada having seven power play opportunities. He played 11:13 and had one shot on net. Fellow Leafs forward Nazem Kadri registered four shots on net and was a minus 1 in the win.

Defenceman Jake Gardiner recorded two big assists as the USA defeated Germany 5-4 in their final preliminary round game. With the win, the USA will finish either second or third in Group B. Their final standing and opponent for the playoff round of the tournament will be known later on Tuesday.

Gardiner finished the preliminary round with four points (one goal, three assists) in seven games while averaging 17:46 per game.

Nik Kulemin and Russia have secured first place in Group B and they can only face Canada in the Gold Medal game next Sunday. Kulemin has four points (three goals) heading into Tuesday’s action.

The full playoff round schedule including time and match ups will be announced later today.

 

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