Stockholm, Sweden (Sports Network) - Mike Smith made 33 saves as Canada
blanked host Sweden by a 3-0 margin on Thursday at the World Hockey
Steven Stamkos, Luke Schenn and Jordan Staal scored for Canada, which jumped
over Sweden into second place in Group S with the victory.
In other Group S play, the Czech Republic pulled out a 2-1 shootout win
Damien Fleury and Antoine Roussel scored to back the 28-save effort of
Florian Hardy, as France pulled off one of the biggest upsets in World
Hockey Championship history with a 2-1 victory over Russia.
The French beat the Russians for the first time in six all-time meetings. It
was Russia's first loss of the 2013 tournament and ended the defending champs'
13-game event winning streak.
Russia was coming off a 5-3 win over the United States on Tuesday and remains
tied with the Americans for first place in Group H. Alexander Perezhogin
scored the lone goal for the Russians, while Vasili Koshechkin made 17 saves
Perezhogin put the Russians on top at 6:57 of the second period, but Fleury
tied it just under three minutes later. Roussel gave the French the lead with
3:12 remaining in the second and Hardy made it stand up by stopping all 11
Russian shots he faced in the third.
Also in Group H action, Latvia defeated Slovakia by a 5-3 score.
The Sports Network