U.S. stays perfect at hockey worlds; Canada falls

The United States shut out Denmark 3-0 on Saturday to stay perfect at the ice hockey world championship, while Switzerland rallied from a goal behind to top Canada 3-2 in a clash of undefeated teams.

Alex Tuch scored one goal and added two assists as the United States earned its fifth victory in five games.

Cutter Gauthier broke the tie midway through the final period on a power play before Tuch doubled the advantage and Rocco Grimaldi finished it with an empty-net goal.

Goaltender Casey DeSmith stopped 22 shots for the shutout.

Tyler Toffoli put Canada ahead midway through the second period on a power play, but the Swiss answered with goals from Nico Hischier and Dario Simon in the frame.

Andres Ambuhl stretched the advantage to two in the final period. Michael Carcone deflected in a slap shot by Brad Hunt for Canada to reduce the lead to one with 3:38 to go. Canada pulled goaltender Samuel Montembeault for an extra attacker, but the Swiss held firm.

The Americans lead Group A with 15 points and have secured a spot in the quarterfinals, while Switzerland leads Group B with five wins from five games. The top four teams from the two eight-team groups advance to the knockout stage.

In the Latvian capital of Riga, the Czech Republic beat Norway 2-0 to earn a spot in the final eight. Dominik Kubalik scored the opening goal with a slap shot on a power play for the Czechs to lead the scoring table with seven goals.

In Tampere, defending champion Finland defeated Austria 3-1 for its third straight victory.

Later Saturday, co-host Latvia played Kazakhstan in Group B and Sweden faced France in Group A.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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