U.S. snaps two-game skid at worlds

MINSK, Belarus -- Cody Hodgson scored twice in the second period to help spark Canada's 6-1 win over Italy at the ice hockey world championship on Friday, while the United States ended a two-game losing streak by beating Kazakhstan 4-3 in overtime.

Also Friday, defending champion Sweden remained unbeaten and booked a place in the quarterfinals with a 3-1 victory over Slovakia, and Finland prevailed 3-2 over Switzerland in a shootout.

Just a day after scoring a hat trick against Denmark, Hodgson made it 2-0 on a power play and added Canada's fifth 15 minutes later to become the tournament's leading scorer with six goals.

"I'm playing with some good wingers right now," Hodgson said. "It seems like we're generating a lot of chances as a line and on the power play. Hopefully it continues."

Joel Ward, Jason Chimera, Kyle Turris and Brayden Schenn also scored for Canada, which is second in the eight-team Group A with 13 points, one behind Sweden after four wins out of five. Italy is at the bottom, along with Denmark, with three points. David Borrelli scored for Italy.

Seth Jones scored twice for U.S. and had one assist. He made it 2-2 in the second period and got the winner 1:05 in overtime with a high wrist shot.

"It just came to me naturally," Jones said. "We definitely wanted to win this one. We didn't want it to be as close as it was, to be honest, it's just a good thing we got the points."

Veteran goaltender Tim Thomas saved a penalty shot in the third when the Americans were up 3-2 but Roman Starchenko forced overtime with his second goal with 6:50 remaining in regulation.

"After the two losses, this is a very important game for us," Thomas said. "You've got to grow during the tournament. Overall, we did a lot of good things [today]."

Craig Smith scored a power-play goal and added an assist and Matt Donovan also scored as the U.S. bounced back from losses to Russia and Latvia.

The U.S. outshot Kazakhstan 40-25.

Gustav Nyquist and Mikael Backlund each scored power-play goals in the first period and Magnus Nygren added one in the third for Sweden. Slovakia got a goal from Martin Marincin in the second period.

Iiro Pakarinen scored the decisive goal in the shootout for Finland.

Tommi Kivisto and Olli Jokinen put Finland ahead 2-0 before Switzerland tied it with third-period goals from Reto Suri and Roman Josi.

The U.S. and Finland are third in Group B with eight points, one behind Latvia and four behind Russia. Switzerland has four and Kazakhstan is at the bottom with two.