May 10, 2013
Canada in control at world championship
By QMI Agency

Canada's players celebrate a goal against Belarus during the world hockey championship at the Globe Arena in Stockholm on Friday, May 10, 2013. (Arnd Wiegmann/Reuters)

Canada jumped to the top of its pool at the world hockey championship with a 4-1 win over Belarus Friday in Stockholm.

Andrew Ladd of the Winnipeg Jets, Steven Stamkos of the Tampa Bay Lightning and Claude Giroux of the Philadelphia Flyers all scored power-play goals as Canada improved to 4-0-1, good for top spot in the eight-team pool ahead of Switzerland. Canada holds a two-point edge over the Swiss but regulation wins are worth three points in this world tourney.

Ryan O'Reilly of the Colorado Avalanche had the other goal for Canada while Giroux and Justin Schultz of the Edmonton Oilers both had two assists. Alexei Yefimenko had the lone goal for Belarus, a tally late in the third period that did nothing but spoil the shutout of Oilers' goalie Devan Dubnyk.

Belarussian goalie Dmitri Milchakov stopped 33 shots in the loss.

The Canadians added defenceman Dan Hamhuis of the Vancouver Canucks to the roster Friday. He's expected to be in the lineup Sunday against the Czech Republic.

In other games Friday, Austria upset Slovakia 2-1, the Czechs downed Slovenia 4-2 and Finland toppled Russia 3-2.



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