Claude Giroux scored once and added two assists, and Steven Stamkos and Andrew Ladd had a goal and a helper apiece as Canada took over first place in the Stockholm Group with a victory over the Belarusians.
Mike Smith made 33 saves for the shutout, Steven Stamkos scored the winner on a first-period power play and Matt Read added a pair of assists to help Canada blank the Swedes and keep pace in the Stockholm Group.
Steven Stamkos assisted on three of four first-period goals and added one of his own in the third and Taylor Hall scored twice as Canada routed the Norwegians, keeping pace with Switzerland atop the Stockholm Group.
Andrew Ladd and Matt Read scored in regulation time and Mike Smith made 26 saves in his international debut, but Canada came out on the wrong end of an eight-round shootout, falling to the Swiss in Stockholm Group play.
Matt Duchene scored twice, Steven Stamkos added one of his own and Devan Dubnyk made 24 saves for the win on his birthday as Canada opened the world championship with a 3-1 victory over Denmark in Stockholm.
Eric Staal has been named captain of Canada’s National Men’s Team for the 2013 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship in Stockholm, Sweden, while Andrew Ladd and Stephane Robidas will serve as alternate captains.
Long-time NHL head coaches Dave Tippett and Barry Trotz will join head coach Lindy Ruff and assistant Doug Shedden on Canada’s entry for the 2013 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship, beginning May 3 in Finland and Sweden.
For the second time, Lindy Ruff will serve as Canada’s head coach at the IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship. He led the Canadian entry to a silver medal at the 2009 tournament in Bern and Kloten, Switzerland.