From Official Toronto Maple Leafs
Leo Komarov scored one of Finland’s three second-period goals in a 4-0 defeat of Canada in a preliminary-round Group B game of the 2016 IIHF World Championship at Yubileiny Arena in St. Petersburg, Russia on Tuesday.
Mika Pyorala had a goal and an assist, and Tommi Kivisto and Jarno Koskiranta scored for Finland. Goalie Mikko Koskinen made 21 saves.
Forward Patrik Laine, No. 2 on NHL Central Scouting’s final ranking of international skaters for the 2016 NHL Draft, had three shots on goal in 18:08 of ice time.
The 6-foot-4, 206-pound right wing is tied for second in the tournament with six goals and is third with 10 points in seven games. The 17-year-old is third all-time among 18-and-under players at the World Championship, one point behind the 11 of Robert Reichel of Czechoslovakia in 1990. Canada’s Sidney Crosby (Pittsburgh Penguins) set the record with 16 points in 2006.
Canada’s Cam Talbot (Edmonton Oilers) made 15 saves.
The loss was Canada’s first in 16 games at the World Championship. They went 10-0-0-0 in winning the gold medal at the 2015 tournament and won their first six games this year. Their previous loss was to Finland in the quarterfinals of the 2014 Worlds.
Finland (7-0-0-0) finished first in Group B with 21 points and will play Denmark (2-2-1-2), the fourth-place team from Group A, in the quarterfinals at Yubileiny Arena on Thursday.
Canada (6-0-0-1) which was second in the group with 18 points, will play Sweden (3-2-0-2), which finished third in Group A, in the quarterfinals Yubileiny Arena on Thursday.
Kivisto opened the scoring 6:10 into the second period when his shot from the point got past Talbot. It was the first goal allowed by Canada in a span of 168:34, and ended Talbot’s shutout streak at 108:34.
Komarov made it 2-0 when his slap shot from the left circle squeezed through Talbot at 16:03. Then with 1:10 left in the second Pyorala scored on the rebound of a shot by Sebastian Aho (Carolina Hurricanes) to make it 3-0.
Canada outshot Finland 8-7 in the third period but the only goal came when Koskiranta scored off the rebound of a Pyorala shot at 2:32.