Power, Cozens lead Canada to win over Finland at men's hockey worlds

Owen Power had a goal and two assists as defending champion Canada remained undefeated at the world hockey championship with a 5-3 win over Finland Saturday in Prague.

Victory keeps defending champ Canadians undefeated at tourney

Men's hockey players stand around a net.
Canada's Brandon Hagel (38) celebrates after scoring against Finland at the men's hockey world championships in Prague, Czech Republic on Saturday. (Michal Cizek/AFP via Getty Images)

Owen Power had a goal and two assists as defending champion Canada remained undefeated at the world hockey championship with a 5-3 win over Finland Saturday in Prague.

Dylan Cozens — with a goal and an assist — Brandon Tanev, and Brandon Hagel also scored before Dawson Mercer added an insurance goal into an empty net.

Captain John Tavares pitched in with two assists, and netminder Jordan Binnington made 29 saves.

Hagel tapped home a feed from Tavares with 8:28 remaining to give Canada a 4-3 lead, its first of the game. Canada trailed 2-0 and 3-2 in the game.

WATCH | Brandon Hagel scores go-ahead goal in Canada's win over Finland:

Brandon Hagel scores go-ahead goal in Canada's win over Finland

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Brandon Hagel buried a pass from John Tavares to give Canada the lead in an eventual 5-3 win over Finland in the preliminary round of the world hockey championship in Prague.

"We might have underestimated [Finland] a little bit at the start, but our response was incredible," Hagel said. "We were able to come back, settle things down and from there we really took over the game.

"It is a different game when you come to the world championship. A lot of these teams play together more frequently, and they play a different style than what we see [in North America], but it is something that we have been able to adapt to quickly."

Jesse Puljujarvi scored twice and Valtteri Puustinen added another goal for Finland. Harri Sateri stopped 17 shots.

Canada joined Switzerland in second place in Group A, a point behind leader the Czech Republic. All three sealed playoff-round spots.

Canada meets Switzerland Sunday.

"I loved the way we battled back (after falling behind 2-0)," head coach Andre Tourigny said. "The guys came out hard, won puck battles and they responded really well.

"The team showed a lot of pride and character, and our guys played with a lot of emotion. All things considered, it was a great performance and we have a lot to be proud of."

Sweden, Switzerland romp to wins

In other matches on Saturday, Sweden killed off a 5-minute major before scoring three goals in a 26-second span in the middle period to pull away from Latvia in a 7-2 win that clinched a playoff-round berth.

The Swedes, who have not trailed in the tournament, preserved their perfect record through five games to lead Group B.

Latvia pulled even at 2-2 in the second in Ostrava but failed to capitalize after Rasmus Dahlin received a 5-minute major and game misconduct for charging. The Buffalo Sabres defenseman had opened the scoring for Sweden in the first period.

Fabian Zetterlund of the San Jose Sharks then scored twice in a 17-second span. Nine seconds later, Minnesota Wild center Joel Eriksson Ek netted to make it 5-2. Wild teammate Marcus Johansson had a goal and two assists.

In Prague, Switzerland sealed a playoff-round spot with a 8-0 rout of Denmark. Los Angeles Kings winger Kevin Fiala scored two goals and had an assist.

New Jersey Devils center Nico Hischier opened the scoring and added two assists to leave the Danes in danger of not advancing.

The victory moved unbeaten Switzerland atop Group A with 14 points.

With files from The Associated Press

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