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Panthers at the Worlds: Barkov bags winner for Finland

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Two assists for Jokinen, Matheson remains a plus for Canada

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Florida Panthers center Aleksander Barkov scored the eventual game-winning goal and added an assist in Finland's 3-1 win over France in Saturday Group B action from the IIHF World Championship in Russia.

Barkov scored from Patrik Laine and fellow Panther Jussi Jokinen at the 10:40 mark of the second period to put the Finns up by a 2-0 count.

The trio combined for Finland's third marker 4:10 later with Laine getting the goal and Barkov and Jokinen picking up the helpers.

Barkov logged 18:16 TOI and finished with the game with two shots on goal and +2 rating.

Jokinen also posted a +2 rating and went shot-less in 16:54 of ice time.

Finland is now 5-0 and tied with Canada atop the Group B standings.

The Canadians pounded Slovakia 5-0 with Edmonton's Cam Talbot posting an 18-save shutout.

Mike Matheson logged 13:34 of ice time and finished the game with no shots and a +1 rating.

Taylor Hall, Matt Duchene, Derick Brassard, Morgan Rielly, and Mark Scheifele scored the goals.

Matheson and Brassard lead the tournament with a +10 rating.

In other games not involving Panther players, Sweden edged Norway 3-2, Russia handled Switzerland 5-1, Hungary beat Belarus 5-2, and Latvia squeaked by Kazakhstan 2-1. The loss means Kazakhstan will be relegated to Division IA next year.

Barkov, Jokinen and Finland will take on Slovakia today. Matheson and Canada will face France on Monday.