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World Junior Hockey Championships 2016 Results: Monday Group Scores, Reaction

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistDecember 28, 2015

From left: Canada's Mitchell Stephens, Travis Dermott, Travis Konecny and Roland McKeown celebrate the 4-1 goal during the 2016 IIHF World Junior Ice Hockey Championship match between Canada and Denmark in Helsinki, Finland, Monday, Dec. 28, 2015. (Roni Rekomaa/Lehtikuva via AP)   FINLAND OUT
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Many of the top teams in the 2016 World Junior Hockey Championships were on display on Monday, with the United States facing Sweden in a battle of the undefeateds and Canada looking to recover from an opening-game loss.

Below, we'll break down all of the day's action.        

Czech Republic Beats Slovakia, 2-0

David Pastrnak and Dominik Lakatos each notched goals, and goalie Vitek Vanecek pitched a shutout, stopping all 18 shots he faced as the Czech Republic beat rival Slovakia, 2-0.

The Czechs were clearly the stronger side in this one, ripping 34 shots on net. 

The Czech Republic now has 11 wins, a tie and four losses in 16 meetings against Slovakia in this tournament. After losing to Slovakia last year, the team was relieved to get by its rivals this time around.

"Obviously we didn’t want to talk about it, but in the back of your mind, you still have it and you still remember it, especially the guys who were here last year," Pastrnak said of the rematch, per Lucas Aykroyd of the World Junior's official website.

The Czechs will next take on Belarus, while the Slovaks face Finland in Group B.

Sweden Beats United States, 1-0

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Goalie Linus Soderstrom was brilliant for Sweden on Monday, stopping 46 United States shots as Sweden remained perfect in Group A, winning 1-0.

Alexander Nylander's breakaway goal in the second period was the difference for the Swedes.

“I got to make a lot of saves early on and got in the game. It was a fun game to play,” Soderstrom said, per Risto Pakarinen of the World Junior's official website. "It was important to get three points, we obviously want to win the group.”

For the United States, meanwhile, it was a case of missed opportunities.

"Guys followed our instructions, the only thing we couldn't do was find the net. We had plenty of opportunities, but give their goalie credit, he was sensational," Team USA head coach Ron Wilson told Pakarinen after the game

The United States—which opened the tournament with an impressive win over Canada—next faces Switzerland on Wednesday, while Sweden takes on Denmark that same day.

Russia Beats Finland, 6-4

In a crazy game on Monday, Russia overcame a 3-1 deficit to beat Finland, 6-4, behind goals from Kirill Kaprizov, Andrei Svetlakov, Pavel Kraskovski, Vladislav Kamenev, Alexander Polunin and Radel Fazleyev, while Yegor Korshkov had three assists.

The Russians dominated on special teams, scoring three goals on the power play and adding a short-handed tally.

Aleksi Saarela scored twice for the dangerous Fins, meanwhile, while Patrik Laine and Sebastian Aho also found the net. For Finland, the game was a reminder of the team's potent offense and of a defense that is pretty shaky and will likely struggle against the tournament's top sides.

Russia will next face Belarus on Tuesday, while Finland is next in action on Wednesday against Slovakia.

Canada Beats Denmark, 6-1

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The Canadians responded to an opening-game loss to the United States in a big way, destroying Denmark on Monday, 6-1.

Despite Mathias From scoring the game's first goal in the first period for Denmark, the talent-laden Canadians came roaring back behind goals from Anthony Beauvillier, John Quenneville, Matt Barzal, Lawson Crouse, Mitch Marner and Dylan Strome.

Canada outshot Denmark 56-11 in the contest.

Canada will next face Switzerland on Tuesday, while Denmark will face the undefeated Swedes on Wednesday. 
 

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