Jonathan Toews scored twice and added an assist for a three-point evening as Canada clinched Group A at the World Cup of Hockey on Wednesday. The Blackhawks captain was named the number one star of the game, a 4-1 Canadian victory. Corey Crawford got the start in net and stopped 17 of 18 in the win.
The only shot that got past Crawford was friendly fire. Marian Hossa had the lone goal for Team Europe, who also advanced to the single elimination semifinals. We already know that Team Europe will face Team Sweden on Sunday at noon CT (no conflict with the dumpster fire Chicago Bears, who play at night this weekend).
Sweden advanced with an overtime loss to Team North America on Wednesday. Niklas Hjalmarsson skated 16:51 and Marcus Kruger was on the ice for 15:01 in the loss. The game was by far the most exciting of the tournament to date, with a ridiculous overtime period capped by Nathan MacKinnon undressing Henrik Lundqvist for the game-winner.
At 2:00 pm CT, Russia will face Finland with a spot in the semifinals on the line. The game is on ESPN in the US. The United States, already eliminated because their roster is hot garbage, will play the Czech Republic at 7 pm CT on ESPN2.