Tyler Ennis of the Buffalo Sabres scored the game-winner on the power play in the third period after Canada had rallied from 3-0 and 4-3 deficits before it went on to a 6-4 victory over Sweden Wednesday in Prague. The Canadians are undefeated in Group A games at the IIHF Ice Hockey World Championships.
Ennis took a drop pass from Taylor Hall and ripped a shot gloveside past Swedish goaltender Anders Nilsson.
Sweden led 3-0 after the first period on goals by Tre Cronor, Victor Rask and Filip Forsberg.
“We had a big wake-up call in the first,” admitted Tyler Seguin of Team Canada. “We went to the dressing room and talked before the second. A lot of guys were saying we can do better. We can score goals. We can be better at defending. We put it all together and came away with three points.”
Canada (4-0) leads Group A with 12 points. Sweden (3-1) is tied with Switzerland (2-2) for second with eight points.
Aaron Ekblad scored on a delayed penalty for Canada’s first goal in the second. Then Hall converted a penalty shot. The Canadians tied it when Sean Couturier tipped home a shot by Ekblad. However, Oscar Moller beat Mike Smith with a one-timer and the Swedes took a 4-3 lead into the second intermission.
A steal by Sidney Crosby behind the goal set up Patrick Wiercioch for the tying goal in the third period before Ennis gave Canada its first lead of the game. Seguin later scored into an empty net.
Sabres defenseman Andrej Meszaros received a match penalty for butt-ending in the third period of Slovakia’s 3-2 loss to Norway in a Group B game in Ostrava, Czech Republic. It was Norway’s first win ever over Slovakia in World Cup play. Mattias Norstebo’s third period power play goal broke a 2-2 tie for Norway.
Sergei Mozyakin scored twice for Russia in a 5-2 win over winless Denmark in Group B in Ostrava.
In Group A, Latvia won for the first time in four games, defeating Switzerland, 2-1, in Prague on Kaspars Daugavin’s overtime goal.
Team USA returns to action Thursday against Belarus in Ostrava. Canada is off until its faces France on Friday.