Wednesday was not a good day for the Olympic gold and silver-medal winning nations at the IIHF World Championships.
Playing with first place in Group B on the line, Canada lost 4-1 to Switzerland in Mannheim, Germany. The result bucked a fairly longstanding historical trend …
Before tonight the teams had played 24 times in the World Championships,
Canada winning 22 to go with two ties. The aggregate score was 143-29.
Never has Switzerland scored as many as four goals against Canada at the
Worlds or Olympics in 90 years of senior international hockey. In 16 of
those 24 games Switzerland was held to one goal or was shut out
Ducks right wing Corey Perry was held without a point for the first time in pool play, leaving him with four points (goal, three assists) through three games.
Meanwhile, Team USA was bounced from the tournament after losing 3-2 to Finland. Goaltender Scott Clemmensen stopped 40 of 43 shots, and was outdueled by Petri Vehanen, who allowed goals to T.J. Oshie and David Moss in the victory.
Ducks center Ryan Carter was held without a point in 17:54 time on ice. After finishing last in group D, the U.S. (0-3) heads to the relegation round for the first time since 2003. The two lowest-finishing teams in the relegation round will not be eligible to compete in the 2011 tournament.