Rus­sia awaits Team Canada in IIHF quarters

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Just hours re­moved from a tightly con­tested over­time win over Latvia, Canada took no chances in its fi­nal pre­lim­i­nary round game at the world hockey cham­pi­onship.

Ryan Nugent-Hop­kins had a goal and an as­sist as Canada fin­ished off its round robin sched­ule with a work­man­like 3-0 win Tues­day over Ger­many. Less than 18 hours after Con­nor McDavid’s over­time win­ner clinched a quar­ter-fi­nal berth, Canada con­trolled Tues­day’s game from start to fin­ish at Jyske Bank Boxen.

“It was a quick turn­around ( be­tween games),” said Tyson Jost, who picked up his fourth goal of the tour­na­ment. “I thought we han­dled it well. No ex­cuses, that’s just hockey.”

Just 20 sec­onds into the first pe­riod, Bray­den Schenn put the Cana­di­ans on the board when he di­rected a pass in the slot from Nugent-Hop­kins past slid­ing Ger­man goal­tender Nik­las Treutle.

Nugent-Hop­kins scored his fourth of the tour­na­ment at 8:14 of the sec­ond pe­riod with a shot that went be­tween a screened Treutle’s pads.

McDavid, Canada’s lead­ing scorer, picked up his 12th and 13th points of the tour­na­ment with as­sists on Canada’s first two goals.

Start­ing in back-to-back games, Darcy Kuem­per wasn’t busy. He stopped 12 shots for his first shutout of the tour­na­ment.

“I thought we did a good job of tak­ing care of our bod­ies last night and get­ting ready to go again,” Kuem­per said.

The Cana­di­ans travel to Copen­hagen and cross over to play Rus­sia, the sec­ond-place team from Group A, in a Thurs­day quar­ter-fi­nal. Swe­den and Latvia will play in the other quar­ter-fi­nal in Copen­hagen.

Thurs­day’s quar­ter-fi­nals in Herning will see Fin­land meet Switzerland and the U.S. play the Czech Repub­lic.

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