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IIHF Worlds: Huberdeau scores in Canada's win over Denmark

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Shifty Panther forward lights the lamp in Canadian romp, while the U.S. gets upended by little Latvia.

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Canada 6, Denmark 1 (Group A)

Panthers forward Jonathan Huberdeau delivered a fine performance today, scoring his first goal of the tournament during the final frame as Canada blasted Denmark 6-1. Huberdeau logged 12:45 TOI and finished the game with four shots on goal and a +2 rating. He also picked up an interference minor in the second period. Erik Gudbranson continued his steady play on the blue line, logging 13:02 TOI, with one shot on goal and  a +1 rating. Buffalo's Cody Hodgson notched a hat-trick for the Canadians who remained in second place in Group A, behind the Swedes, with ten points. Click here for a detailed recap of the game.

Latvia 6, USA 5 (Group B)

The surprising Latvians beat U.S. goaltender Tim Thomas three times in the third period en route to a 6-5 upset win over the Americans, who dropped their second straight game after opening the tourney with two wins. The Panthers forward brigade of Hayes, Shore, and Trocheck went scoreless in the game. Jimmy Hayes had no shots on goal and finished with a -1 rating in 8:02 TOI. Drew Shore went a disappointing 0/5 on face-offs, failed to register a shot on goal, and posted an even rating in 5:09 TOI. Vincent Trocheck returned to action and went 1/3 on face-offs, had one shot on goal, and finished with a -1 rating in 6:56 TOI. With three opening-round games remaining, Team USA is clinging to fourth place (and advancement) by virtue of their win over Belarus. Click here for a detailed recap of the game.

Other Thursday results:

Sweden 2,  France 1 (Group A)

Finland 2Belarus 0 (Group B)