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2021 IIHF Men’s World Championships: Surprises Continue

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Kazakhstan beats Germany; Canada finally gets a win

Germany v Canada: Group B - 2021 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship Photo by EyesWideOpen/Getty Images

Canada finally secured their first win of the 2021 IIHF Men’s World Championships with a 4-2 win over Norway, while Great Britain beat Belarus 4-3 to earn its first victory. Elsewhere, Kazakhstan surprised Germany while Russia bested Denmark. Buffalo Sabres forward Tobias Rieder, who played on the top line, recorded an assist on this goal by Tom Kuhnhackl:

Colin Miller (CAN): 4 GP - 0 G - 0 A

Victor Olofsson (SWE): 3 GP - 1 G - 0 A

JJ Peterka (GER): 0 GP - 0 G - 0 A

Lawrence Pilut (SWE): 3 GP - 0 G - 1 A

Tobias Rieder (GER): 4 GP - 1 G - 1 A

Arttu Ruotsalainen (FIN): 3 GP - 0 G - 1 A

Tage Thompson (USA): 2 GP - 0 G - 0 A (inj., day-to-day)

Russia 3, Denmark 0

Russia goals: Ivan Morozov, Alexander Barabanov, Dmitri Voronkov

Denmark goals: None

Kazakhstan 3, Germany 2

Kazakhstan goals: Alexander Shin, Roman Starchenko, Pavel Akolzin

Germany goals: Tom Kuhnhackl, Markus Eisenschmid

Great Britain 4, Belarus 3

Great Britain goals: Liam Kirk (2), Ben Davies, Mike Hammond

Belarus goals: Vladislav Kodola, Geoff Platt, Shane Prince

Canada 4, Norway 2

Canada goals: Connor Brown, Adam Henrique (2), Andrew Mangiapane

Norway goals: Thomas Valkvae Olsen, Mats Rosseli Olsen

Standings

Group A:

1. Slovakia (3-0-0-0)

2. Russia (3-0-0-1)

3. Switzerland (2-0-0-1)

4. Denmark (1-1-0-2)

5. Great Britain (1-0-1-2)

6. Belarus (1-0-1-2)

7. Sweden (1-0-0-2)

8. Czech Republic (0-1-0-2)

Group B:

1. Germany (3-0-0-1)

2. Latvia (2-0-1-0)

3. Finland (2-0-1-0)

4. Kazakhstan (1-2-0-1)

5. United States (2-0-0-1)

6. Canada (1-0-0-3)

7. Norway (1-0-0-3)

8. Italy (0-0-0-3)

Thursday’s Games

9:00 a.m., Switzerland vs. Slovakia

9:00 a.m., United States vs. Latvia (possibly Tage Thompson) (Live on NHLN)

1:00 p.m., Sweden vs. Czech Republic (Victor Olofsson, Lawrence Pilut) (Live on NHLN)

1:00 p.m., Finland vs. Italy (Arttu Ruotsalainen)

Round-robin actions continues through June 1, before quarterfinals, etc.