Couturier leads Canada to rout over Switzerland at worlds

When coach Todd McLellan challenged Canada to play better at even strength, Sean Couturier and the fourth line answered the call. Couturier had a goal and two assists as Canada remained undefeated at the world hockey championship with a 7-2 rout of Switzerland on Sunday.

PRAGUE, Czech Republic — When coach Todd McLellan challenged Canada to play better at even strength, Sean Couturier and the fourth line answered the call.

Couturier had a goal and two assists as Canada remained undefeated at the world hockey championship with a 7-2 rout of Switzerland on Sunday.

Couturier and linemates Cody Eakin and Tyler Toffoli were a problem for the Swiss all game, causing turnovers and getting to loose pucks to create three even-strength goals.

Sunday’s win comes a day after Canada struggled to a 4-3 victory over France. McLellan suggested after the game that Canada could improve its five-on-five play.

“As a fourth line, when we get out there we try to keep it simple and create some momentum for the team by forechecking and getting to the puck first, winning battles and creating turnovers,” Couturier said after being named Canada’s player of the game. “Tonight we capitalized on some chances and hopefully we can build on that and carry that on for the next few games.”

Eakin added a goal and an assist for Canada, while Toffoli chipped in with an assist.

Canada (6-0-0) clinched first place in Group A with the win and will face the fourth-place team in Group B in the quarter-finals.

In other games Sunday, it was: United States 3 Slovenia 1; Czech Republic 4 Germany 2 and Russia 3 Slovakia 2 in overtime. All three winning teams qualified for the quarter-finals.

Tyler Seguin, Nathan McKinnon, Aaron Ekblad, Jordan Eberle and Claude Giroux also scored as Canada used a balanced attack to beat the Swiss.

“It’s nice to be able to score like that as a team,” Colorado Avalanche forward Matt Duchene said.

Morris Trachsler and Damien Brunner scored Switzerland’s goals.

Canada finishes round-robin play against Austria on Tuesday.

Seguin opened the scoring just 50 seconds into the game with his fifth goal of the tournament. Reto Berra failed to handle a Jake Muzzin shot cleanly and Seguin shovelled the loose puck into the net.

Switzerland drew level on a soft goal at the 6:21 mark. Trachsler put the puck on net from the boards at the goal-line, and the puck fooled Canada goaltender Mike Smith and in to the net.

McKinnon put Canada up 2-1 with 17 seconds left in the second period. McKinnon charged in on the left wing and fired a shot past his Avalanche teammate.

Ekblad extended Canada’s lead to 3-1 when Couturier forced a deep turnover in the Swiss zone and found the young Florida Panthers defenceman in front of the Swiss goal.

Canada essentially put the game away with two goals in the final minute of the second. Eberle made it 4-1 with a power-play goal, putting in the rebound of a Sidney Crosby shot. Crosby’s assist gave him at least a point in every game so far at the tournament.

Eakin extended Canada’s lead to four goals when he put a rebound past Berra with less than a second to go before the second intermission.

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