April 7 2012; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Avalanche center Paul Stastny (26) skates during the first period of the game against the Nashville Predators at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-US PRESSWIRE
Paul Stastny (St. Louis, Mo./Colorado Avalanche/University of Denver) had a goal and two assists to help the U.S. Men's National Team defeat Switzerland, 5-2, here tonight in its final preliminary-round game at the 2012 International Ice Hockey Federation Men's World Championship at Hartwall Arena. Team USA, which finished second in Group H, has won six of its first seven games in the world championship for only the second time in history (1939).
Olympic champions Canada's impressive form at the world championships continued here on Tuesday as they rounded off their preliminary group campaign with their sixth win out of seven a 5-1 thrashing of Belarus.
A double by Colorado Avalanche center Ryan O'Reilly inspired them to victory and further boosted their confidence as they try to win their first world title since Moscow in 2007.
Defeat did no favours to Belarus' hopes of gaining the right to host one of the Olympic qualifying tournaments for the 2014 Games in Sochi.
But there could be a change in the makeup of his assistant coaching staff ... Colorado Avalanche captain Milan Hejduk might not go on the free-agent market. The Denver Post is reporting the Avs are working on a contract extension with the 36-year-old Hejduk, which would prevent him from becoming an unrestricted free agent on July 1 ... St. Louis Blues 2010 first-round pick Vladimir Tarasenko still hasn't decided if he wants to play in the NHL next season. The Blues would like to have Tarasenko in camp next fall but he could return to the KHL for another season.