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Canada’s National Men’s Team
looks to secure a spot in the quarterfinals and bounce back after its first
loss at the 2022 IIHF World Championship when it faces off against Denmark
Canada and Switzerland played in one of the most entertaining games of the
tournament in a battle for top spot in Group A on Saturday –
a 6-3 loss for the Canadians. Kent Johnson, Adam Lowry (shorthanded) and Drake Batherson scored in the
first period for Canada, but the Swiss answered within two minutes every
time, sending the teams to the dressing room tied 3-3 after an entertaining
20 minutes. That would be it for scoring, as the Swiss netted the winner in
the second period and added a pair of insurance markers in the third.
Denmark last saw action against France on Saturday, picking up
a big 3-0 win
that put it in sole possession of fourth place in Group A. Peter Regin
scored for Denmark in the first period, and that stood up as the
game-winning goal thanks to a 19-save performance from Sebastian Dahm.
Joachim Blichfeld and Julian Jakobsen also scored for the Danes.
It’s been three years since these teams met at the worlds,
a 5-0 win for Canada
in Kosice, Slovakia. Pierre-Luc Dubois opened the scoring exactly one
minute into the game, followed by Jared McCann and Jonathan Marchessault to
round out the opening 20 minutes. Sam Reinhart added goals in the second
and third for good measure, while Carter Hart and Mackenzie Blackwood
shared the shutout with 24 saves.
WHAT TO WATCH
Canada easily kept pace in the fiery first period against the Swiss, but as
the game slowed, so did the Canadian scoring chances. Special teams were a
major factor – Canada was 0-for-3 on the power play and gave up two
power-play goals (though Lowry scored shorthanded). Look for special teams
to be a focus for Canada going forward.
Denmark may be in fourth place for now, but it’s anything but secure with
games against Canada and Slovakia remaining. The Danes were blown out by
the Swiss and lost a tight one to the Germans, but can be in control of
their own fate. A win over Canada would go a long way in securing a spot in
A LOOK BACK
There have only been seven previous meetings between Canada and Denmark at
the worlds, though the first of all those still stands as a historical
record for Canada.
The first ever game between these teams in 1949 ended in a 47-0 win for
Canada. That remains record for most goals in a game, with a 33-0 victory
over Belgium the following year as the second-highest total. More recently,
a 7-1 win in 2018
saw Ryan Nugent-Hopkins scored twice and Connor McDavid add three helpers.
All-time record: Canada leads 6-0-1 (W-L-T)
Canada goals: 75
Denmark goals: 8