Canada blanks U.S. to win Group A at World Championship

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Canada defeated the United States 3-0 on Tuesday, the final day of the preliminary round at the 2019 IIHF World Hockey Championship.

With the victory, Canada is the winner of Group A, while the U.S. finishes fourth. The top four teams from each group advance to the quarterfinals.

Group A Points GF:GA
Canada 18 36:11
Finland 16 22:11
Germany 15 18:18
United States 14 27:15
Slovakia 11 28:19
Denmark 6 18:23
Great Britain 2 9:41
France 2 14:34

Canada will now face Switzerland - which finished fourth in Group B - in the quarterfinals.

Matt Murray stopped all 28 shots he faced to earn the shutout, submitting his bid to be Canada's starting netminder in the elimination round. It won't be an easy decision for head coach Alain Vigneault, as fellow goalie Carter Hart posted a 0.70 goals-against average and a .964 save percentage in three games.

Pierre-Luc Dubois, Kyle Turris, and Jared McCann found twine for Canada, while Mark Stone, Anthony Mantha, and Dante Fabbro reached the scoresheet with assists.

The U.S., meanwhile, will contend with an undefeated Russian team that finished atop Group B. The Americans may have to do so without forward Dylan Larkin, who exited Tuesday's tilt after blocking a shot with a less-than-ideal area of his body.

Group B Points GF:GA
Russia 21 36:17
Czech Republic 18 39:14
Sweden 15 41:21
Switzerland 12 27:14
Latvia 9 21:20
Norway 6 19:33
Italy 2 5:48
Austria 1 9:40

Russia steamrolled Sweden 7-4 on Tuesday to clinch Group B, with multi-point efforts from Evgeni Malkin and Evgenii Dadonov in the contest.

Canada blanks U.S. to win Group A at World Championship
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