World Championship notes: Roussel, France topple Russia; Canada beats Sweden

Antoine Roussel scored the game-winning goal as France stunned Russia, 2-1 at the World Championship on Thursday.

Roussel scored at 16:48 of the second period to give France a 2-1 lead, coming out of the left corner and then beating Russia’s goaltender Vasili Koshechkin with a backhand shot.

Russia, the defending champions at the tournament, had won 13 straight games in World Championship play. France’s victory is being called one of the biggest upsets in international hockey history.

“That’s a huge statement for us, beating the world champ,” Roussel told IIHF.com. “That’s obviously one of the biggest games ever for Team France, I guess, in the last 10 years.”

Roussel scored on his only shot of the game, had a plus-one rating and won eight of ten faceoffs.

Highlights and postgame interviews featuring Roussel can be found here.

Canada defeated Sweden, 3-0, on Thursday. Stars defensemen Stephane Robidas and Brenden Dillon did not factor in the scoring for Canada. Dillon logged 19:30 of ice time in the game and was a plus-one. Robidas played 18:56 and was even.

Stars forward Loui Eriksson had no shots on goal and an even rating in 18:48 of playing time for Sweden.

Stars defenseman Philip Larsen played a game-high 26:36 in Denmark’s 2-1 shootout loss to Czech Republic. Larsen had no points, two shots on goal and a minus-one rating in the game.

Thursday’s results

France 2, Russia 1
Czech Republic 2, Denmark 1 (SO)
Latvia 5, Slovakia 3
Canada 3, Sweden 0

Friday’s games

Austria vs. Slovakia, 8:15 a.m.
Czech Republic vs. Slovenia, 9:15 a.m.
Finland vs. Russia, 12:15 p.m.
Canada vs. Belarus, 1:15 p.m.

Statistics

Here are the statistics for the Dallas Stars players taking part in the World Championship.

Player Pos Team GP G A PTS PIM +/- SOG ATOI
Loui Eriksson F Sweden 5 1 2 3 0 +1 5 17:02
Antoine Roussel F France 4 1 1 2 0 0 7 15:18
Philip Larsen D Denmark 3 0 1 1 2 -1 6 25:12
Stephane Robidas D Canada 4 0 1 1 6 +2 4 21:01
Brenden Dillon D Canada 4 0 0 0 0 +3 2 17:51

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