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World Championship Roundup: Heartstopping win for Canada, breakthrough for Jack Hughes

Canada advanced to the semifinal in dramatic fashion and tight victories for Russia and Finland highlight quarterfinal Thursday at the World Championship in Slovakia.

Canada gets Stoned, beats Switzerland in comeback effort
There was a reason to celebrate.

The clock hit 19:59. Leonardo Genoni stood on his head and made life miserable for Canada. For the second straight year, Switzerland was on the verge of eliminating the Canadians.

And then Canada scored a buzzer beater.

Damon Severson managed to squeak the puck between Genoni's legs with just 0.4 seconds left in regulation, tying the game 2-2 to force overtime. Mark Stone, Canada's first goal-scorer and the setup man on Severson's regulation marker, would end the game after knocking in a feed from Pierre-Luc Dubois halfway through the extra frame to give Canada the 3-2 win.

Genoni was the story for Switzerland. With 39 stops in the Swiss net, he was a thorn in Canada's side like he's been in the past. Sven Andrighetto and Nico Hischier were the two goal-scorers for Switzerland, who held two leads in the contest.

Canada has played for a medal in the past four tournaments, winning back-to-back golds in 2015 and 2016.

Russia trumps America in war of goals
To the shock of nobody, two of the tournament's juggernauts created one of the greatest battles of the tournament, with Russia taking the 4-3 victory.

The Russians had full control of the first period, as Nikita Gusev and Mikhail Sergachyov would connect on both goals to make it 2-0 early. Kirill Kaprizov and Mikhail Grigorenko also had goals for the Russians.

The Americans had goals from Brady Skjei, Noah Hanifin and Alex DeBrincat, but part of the focus was on Jack Hughes' big game. After a rather quiet round-robin with just one assist and a game in the press box, Hughes had a big two-point performance including the Americans' last two goals, giving them some life late in the game.

But it wasn't enough. As strongly as the Americans played in the second half of the game, Russia's 2-0 lead after 15 minutes of play and USA's inability to capitalize on Skjei's goal to create momentum meant they were chasing the puck and unable to focus on their own game.

Russia has now won the past four meetings between the two teams, dating back to 2015. The United States had high hopes for the tournament with a roster featuring many top NHLers and a stout brother duo of Quinn and Jack Hughes. Team USA hasn't won gold at the World Championship since 1960, back when it was apart of the Olympics, and has just three medals in the past decade, all bronze.

One-man show from Manninen leads Finns to overtime victory over Sweden
The only ordinary thing about this battle between longtime rivals? There were lots of goals to talk about, but in the end, Finland battled back from a 3-1 deficit to beat the Tre Kronor 5-4 in overtime.

After Niko Mikkola opened the scoring a minute into the game, goals from John Klingberg, Patric Hornqvist and Elias Pettersson resulted in a 3-1 lead for Sweden early in the second period. But goals from Petteri Lindbohm and Jani Hakanpaa meant the game was tied at three apiece at the halfway point of the game. Sweden's Erik Gustafsson and Finland's Marko Anttila each scored to force overtime.

At 1:37 in the extra frame, Sakari Manninen capped off one of the greatest single-game performances of the tournament. With three points already, Manninen sent a hard wrist shot over the glove of Swedish goalie Henrik Lundqvist to give Finland the victory, bringing a team with no active NHLers to the semifinal.

Finland returns to the medal round for the seventh time in the past nine years, but it has just three medals to show for. They'll face a Russian team that remains undefeated through eight games and scoring at an incredible rate this year.

Czechs edge out Germany after big third period
It may not have had the luster of the other three games, but the Czech Republic can be proud of its 5-1 victory after a big four-goal third period.

Jan Kovar got the ball rolling 33 minutes into the battle after big defenseman Radko Gudas stole the puck off of Leon Draisaitl and sent Kovar alone on the breakaway for the 1-0 goal. Frank Mauer would tie it up for the Germans a few minutes later, but goals from Jakub Voracek, Dominik Kubalik, Ondrej Palat and a second from Kovar helped secure the win.

The win will see the Czechs advance to the semifinal for the first time since 2015.

Three Stars:

  1. Sakari Manninen (Finland): Four points, including the game-winning goal, helped the Finns eliminate their fiercest rival.
  2. Mark Stone (Canada): Had points on all of Canada's goals, scoring the game-winner in overtime.
  3. Leonardo Genoni (Switzerland): If it wasn't for a last-second goal, Genoni would be crowned Switzerland's president after an incredible performance.

Next Up:

Saturday, May 25
Russia vs. Finland, 9:15 AM ET 
Canada vs. Czech Republic, 1:15 PM ET 

Sunday, May 26
Bronze, 9:45 AM ET
Gold, 2:15 PM ET

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