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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Canada, Sweden Sure to Advance

OTTAWA -- Canada and Sweden ensured their passage from the first round with victories Sunday.


Steve Yzerman scored with 3:10 remaining to give Canada a 3-2 victory over Slovakia in the World Cup.


Yzerman banged in the rebound of a shot by Joe Sakic to cap a two-goal comeback in the third period against the lightly regarded Slovaks.


Canada is assured of advancing with a 2-1 record. Canada can still finish anywhere from first to third in the four-team North American pool


Theoren Fleury brought Canada even 2:02 into the third period, firing his own rebound past sprawling Slovakia goalie Roman Mega.


The Slovaks (0-2) took advantage of Canada's now clearly evident defensive shortcomings. Despite being outshot 37-23, the Slovaks were dangerous every time they had possession of the puck inside Canada's blue line.


Goaltender Curtis Joseph, making his second start of the tournament for Canada, was sharp, particularly late in the third period with the Slovaks pressing and his defense wilting.


The Canadians, who were 0-for-4 on the power play while Slovakia scored on one of two chances, had lost 5-3 to the United States 24 hours earlier. Brett Hull of the St Louis Blues had two third-period goals and two assists to upset Canada.


The United States had never beaten Canada in the Canada Cup, the predecessor tournament to the World Cup, losing seven times and tying once.


In Stockholm Mats Sundin broke a 2-2 tie with a dazzling goal and added an empty-netter as Sweden beat archrival Finland 5-2 to become the first team to gain the semifinals in the World Cup.


Sundin's first goal 3:48 into the third period will long remembered in Swedish hockey. The Toronto Maple Leaf star first deked the Finnish defenseman Marko Kiprusin in full stride between circles and then rounded goalie Kari Talko before tipping a backhander into the open net.


Sundin was named the first star on the Swedish team. He ended the scoring with an empty-net goal with 29 seconds left after Finland's Swedish coach Curt Lindstrom pulled goaltender Takko.


On Saturday linemates Sergei Fedorov and Alexander Mogilny each scored twice as Russia beat Slovakia 7-4.


The Russians, 5-3 losers to Canada in Thursday night's opener, evened their record at 1-1 Saturday night.


Viacheslav Kozlov, Sergei Gonchar and Sergei Nemchinov also scored for Russia, which finished with only a 27-26 shot advantage.








Jergus Baca, Peter Bondra, Zigmund Palffy and Zdeno Ciger scored for Slovakia in its first match of the tournament.





With Mega out of the net for an extra attacker, the Slovaks pushed deep in Canada's zone throughout the final minute of the game.