The red and white secured a valuable two points and took the lead in Group A with their overtime win against Sweden at the World Hockey Championships in Minsk Sunday.
Though Canada and Sweden had identical records following the game, Canada took first place with a better overall goal differential.
Sweden’s leading scorer Joakim Lindstrom gave his team the first lead of the game 13:49 into the first period. Just under two minutes after Linus Klasen made it 2-0 in the second period, Brayden Schenn scored Canada’s first goal. Kevin Bieksa tied the game shortly after and it remained tied until Ryan Ellis tipped Mark Schiefele’s pass behind Anders Nilsson to give Canada the win in overtime.
Ben Scrivens stopped 29 shots for his third win of the tournament as head coach Dave Tippett continues to consider his number-1 goaltender for the elimination round.
Alex Burrows, who was injured in Canada’s 6-1 thrashing of Italy, did not play. Jason Garrison, however, drew back into the line-up after missing the game against the Italians.
Canada will play its final game of the preliminary round against Norway on Tuesday at 5:45 A.M. EDT.
Canada wins 3-2 in overtime. Ellis with the goal from Scheifele pic.twitter.com/LE3liq3xv3
— Brent Wallace (@tsn_wally) May 18, 2014