Denmark stuns Canada at hockey worlds, Czechs beat US

May 23, 2022, 1:20 AM | Updated: 1:27 pm
Denmark's players celebrate beside Canada's Damon Severson, right, after winning the group A Hockey...

Denmark's players celebrate beside Canada's Damon Severson, right, after winning the group A Hockey World Championship match between Canada and Denmark in Helsinki, Finland, Monday May 23 2022. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

(AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

              Lukas Haudum, centre of Austria screens the net guarded by goalkeeper Ben Bowns and Dallas Ehrhardt of Great Britain , during the group B Hockey World Championship match between Austria and Great Britain, in Tampere, Finland, Monday, May 23, 2022. (Jussi Nukari/Lehtikuva via AP)
            
              Goalkeeper Karel Vejmelka of Czech Republic, right, keeps an eye on the game behind Filip Hronek, left, of Czech Republic and Ryan Hartman of the United States, during the group B Hockey World Championship match between USA and Czech Republic in Tampere, Finland, Monday, May 23, 2022. (Jussi Nukari/Lehtikuva via AP)
            
              Italy's Simon Kostner is challenged by Kazakhstan's Adil Beketayev during the group A Hockey World Championship match between Kazakhstan and Italy in Helsinki, Finland, Monday May 23 2022. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
            
              David Pastrnak, left, of Czech Republic vies with Sam Lafferty of the United States, during the group B Hockey World Championship match between USA and Czech Republic in Tampere, Finland, Monday, May 23, 2022. (Jussi Nukari/Lehtikuva via AP)
            
              T J Tynan, left, of the United States of America skates away while Matej Blumel of Czech Republic celebrates his game opening goal during the group B Hockey World Championship match between USA and Czech Republic in Tampere, Finland, Monday, May 23, 2022. (Jussi Nukari/Lehtikuva via AP)
            
              Matej Blumel, left, Michal Jordan and Hynek Zohorna of Czech Republic celebrate the game opening goal by Blumel during the group B Hockey World Championship match between USA and Czech Republic in Tampere, Finland, Monday, May 23, 2022. (Jussi Nukari/Lehtikuva via AP)
            
              Roman Cervenka, left, and David Krejci of Czech Republic vie with Nate Schmidt, right, of the U.S in front of goalkeeper Jeremy Swayman during the 2022 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championships preliminary round group B match between USA and Czech Republic in Tampere, Finland, Monday, May 23, 2022. (Jussi Nukari/Lehtikuva via AP)
            
              T J Tynan, right, of the United States of America follows Matej Blumel, center, of Czech Republic as he scores past goalkeeper Jeremy Swayman during the group B Hockey World Championship match between USA and Czech Republic in Tampere, Finland, Monday, May 23, 2022. (Jussi Nukari/Lehtikuva via AP)
            
              Canada's players looking disappointed after losing the group A Hockey World Championship match between Canada and Denmark in Helsinki, Finland, Monday May 23 2022. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
            
              Canada's Adam Lowry, left, and Canada's Thomas Chabot stand on the ice disappointed after losing the group A Hockey World Championship match between Canada and Denmark in Helsinki, Finland, Monday May 23 2022. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
            
              Denmark's team celebrates Mathias Bau, center, who just scored his side's third goal during the group A Hockey World Championship match between Canada and Denmark in Helsinki, Finland, Monday May 23 2022. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
            
              Denmark's players celebrate after winning the group A Hockey World Championship match between Canada and Denmark in Helsinki, Finland, Monday May 23 2022. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
            
              Denmark's players celebrate beside Canada's Damon Severson, right, after winning the group A Hockey World Championship match between Canada and Denmark in Helsinki, Finland, Monday May 23 2022. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

TAMPERE, Finland (AP) — Denmark beat Canada for the first time in a 3-2 upset win at the world ice hockey championship on Monday, while the United States slumped in a loss to the Czech Republic.

Sebastian Dahm’s 29 saves helped Denmark to hold on to stun Canada and move into contention for a place in the quarterfinals.

Canada can no longer qualify as the top seeded team in Group A and will need to beat France on Tuesday to be sure of reaching the last eight.

Denmark plays Slovakia needing to avoid a loss in regulation.

The United States must wait to qualify for the quarterfinals after a bruising 1-0 loss to the Czechs in both teams’ second-to-last game of group play.

Matej Blümel scored on a breakaway at 7:53 of the first period and goaltender Karel Vejmelka stopped 24 shots as the Czechs held on for their first shutout in the championship. Jeremy Swayman saved 15 of 16 for the U.S.

The loss meant the U.S. players could miss the quarterfinals in the unlikely event they lose to Norway on Tuesday and Latvia beats Sweden.

The U.S. was coming off an overtime win over Sweden and is 4-2 in group play, with the other loss coming against Olympic champion Finland.

Austria scored five third-period goals in a dramatic comeback to win 5-3 over Britain, which is relegated from the world championship division for 2023.

Kazakhstan beat Italy 5-2 to stay in the world championship for next year at the winless Italians’ expense.

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