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Ice Hockey World Cup on Thursday – America's showbiz storm makes the difference – Canada and Sweden without brilliance – Sports

Ice Hockey World Cup on Thursday – America's showbiz storm makes the difference – Canada and Sweden without brilliance – Sports

  • In the second group, the United States beat France 5-0. Sweden also won the fourth match with a lackluster victory over Kazakhstan 3-1.
  • In the first “Swiss” group, Canada outperformed the Swiss team thanks to its fourth victory in the fourth match and with a better goal difference.

Group B

USA – France 5:0: The United States was able to respond to the defeat against Slovakia (4:5 NV). The formation of the show around NHL forwards Matt Boldy, Brock Nelson and Johnny Gaudreau was mainly responsible for a proper win over the French without a chance. This line scored all four goals in the first third.

After 45 seconds, Nelson, who was completely unguarded in the slot, opened the score and just about 3 minutes later, New York City center played in for Minnesota winger Boldy to make it 2-0. He scored a brace with a direct shot in the 13th minute after a pass from Gaudreau. Shortly before halftime, Columbus Wing Gaudreau made it 4-0.

In the end, the French had only 10 shots on target. Agui striker Kevin Bozon almost scored the consolation goal two minutes before the end when the American goalkeeper blocked it while he was alone in front of the goal. Just seconds later, Shane Pinto made the final score 5-0.

Kazakhstan – Sweden 1:3: In the end, the percentage of shots on goal was 44:11 in favor of Sweden. The victory could have been higher, if it should not have been. After clear successes against the USA (5:2), Poland (5:1) and Germany (6:1), the Scandinavian countries took things a little slower – without risking an upset to the Kazakhs.

Forwards Markus and Linus Johansson (no relation) gave the team a 2-0 lead after two periods with their goals. The second goal came from a minority, as ZSC striker Jesper Fröden set up for Johansson and scored with a calculated wrist shot.

In the third half, Kazakhstan player Adil Bektayev scored the consolation goal 4 minutes after Fabian Zetterlund led 3-0 with only the sixth (!) shot on goal. The 26-year-old defender beat Sweden goalkeeper Samuel Ersson with a powerful shot into the near corner.

Group A

Canada – Norway 4:1: There was no shot on target after 40 minutes, a bitter result for the Norwegians at the Prague Arena. Since the Canadiens had only scored twice against the opposition to this point, everything was still open for the final third. Stian Solberg hit his second shot on goal, and after a 2-on-1 attack, he scored the score 1-2 (43). But the Canadians didn't let it go: Dylan Cousins ​​with a shorthanded (47') and Jared McCann with an empty net (59') made things relatively clear in the end.