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Sweden thrash Austria, Marchessault lifts Canada

May 16 2019 11:46 PM

Defending champions Sweden continued their impressive form at the IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship, while Canada were also victorious on Thursday.

After losing their Group B opener, Sweden – winners of the past two editions of the tournament – have cruised to three straight victories, the latest of which was a 9-1 thrashing of Austria.

NHL trio Elias Lindholm, Elias Pettersson and Gabriel Landeskog each finished with a goal and two assists in their latest comprehensive win.

The Czech Republic joined Sweden with three wins from four by beating Latvia 6-3.

In Group A, Canada – who claimed back-to-back titles in 2015 and 2016 – recorded a 5-2 win over France.

Vegas Golden Knights forward Jonathan Marchessault had two assists for Canada, who also have three wins from four.

Finland sit second in the group and are well-placed to reach the quarter-finals after overcoming Denmark 3-1.

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