Russia beats Denmark at ice hockey worlds; Czechs win late
PARIS (AP) Russia beat Denmark 3-0 to record a fourth straight win at the ice hockey world championships on Thursday, scoring all three goals in just 70 seconds in the second period.
Making his first senior start for Norway, 21-year-old novice goaltender George Sorenson initially held firm against the prolific Russian forward lines.
But the waves of attacks eventually paid off when CSKA Moscow defenseman Bogdan Kiselevich's snapshot from Chicago Blackhawks left winger Artemi Panarin's pass caught Sorenson by surprise 15 minutes, 36 seconds into the second period.
Little more than one minute later, Sorenson had picked the puck out of the net twice more.
Russia followed up with its second goal through Sergei Plotnikov's backhand, with Sergei Andronov and Ivan Telegin assisting. Then, forward Nikita Gusev made it 3-0 with 36:46 on the clock at the Lanxess arena in the German city of Cologne, which is co-hosting the tournament with Paris.
Sorenson had a day to remember, despite the defeat, making 30 saves and picking up the award as Denmark's best player.
Russia tops Group A with 11 points from four matches, with Latvia two points behind in second place ahead of its match against Sweden later Thursday. The United States is in third place, with nine points, having won three since losing its opening game to Germany.
Latvia has been the surprise team so far and has won all three matches in regular time, while one of Russia's wins came after overtime and a shootout - which earns two points rather than three. That means a win in regular time against nine-time champion Sweden would put Latvia back at the top.
In a feisty match at the AccorHotels Arena in Group B, Czech Republic peppered Norway's goal with 32 shots, but only one got past goalie Lars Haugen as forward Jan Kovar netted in overtime to give the Czechs a 1-0 win.
The Czechs move up to third place, level on seven points with fourth-place Norway.
Later in Paris, defending champion Canada was looking for its fourth consecutive win when it faced host France, which has won two of three matches to have a realistic chance of reaching next week's quarterfinals.
The top four from each group go through.