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IIHF World Championship update: May 12

Saturday, 05.12.2012 / 2:54 PM
By Emerald Gao - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog
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IIHF World Championship update: May 12
Marcus Kruger scored the game-winning goal for Team Sweden in a 4-0 victory over Italy on Saturday, May 12.

Five Blackhawks players featured in today's action as Canada strolled to a 8-0 victory over Kazakhstan and Sweden blanked Italy 4-0. Patrick Sharp and Duncan Keith both got on the scoresheet for Team Canada, while Marcus Kruger tallied for Sweden.

Despite outshooting Kazakhstan 16-5 in the first period, Canada only led 1-0 at the end of the frame after Dion Phaneuf tallied on the power play at the 15:45 mark. In the second period, the Canadians padded their lead through goals by Corey Perry and Alex Burrows, with Keith assisting on both strikes.

A five-goal third period put the game away for Team Canada: Evander Kane, John Tavares, Teddy Purcell, Phaneuf -- with his second of the night -- and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins all buried their shots. Keith recorded another assist on Phaneuf's tally and Sharp added a helper on Nugent-Hopkin's goal.

Canada enjoyed a 25-9 shot margin in the third period and outshot Kazakhstan 58-24 in the game. Keith finished the game with three assists and a +3 plus/minus rating in 16:58 of ice time, and Sharp had an assist and was +1 while skating 16:12.

Team Sweden, looking to bounce back from a 7-3 loss to Russia yesterday, jumped on an early lead against Italy and never looked back. Kruger found the net just 5:13 into the game, and Staffan Kronwall made it 2-0 in Sweden's favor just before the end of the first period.

A 5-on-3 power-play goal by Erik Karlsson (who led the team with 11 shots on goal) in the middle frame padded Sweden's lead, and Gabriel Landeskog iced the result just 1:45 into the third period. Sweden outshot Italy 42-19 in the tilt.

Kruger's goal stood as the game-winner, and he posted a +2 rating while skating 20:19, second among Sweden's forwards. Linemate Viktor Stalberg finished with a +1 rating in 11:12 of ice time, and defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson played 15:45 and took three shots on goal.

Both teams will enjoy two days of rest before playing their last opponents in the preliminary round. Canada plays Belarus in Helsinki on Tuesday, while Sweden will take on Latvia in Stockholm that same day.