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Denmark stuns Canada, Czech Republic beats USA at Ice Hockey World Championship

TAMPERE, Finland — Denmark beat Canada for the first time in an upset 3-2 win at the Ice Hockey World Championship on Monday, while the United States fell to a loss to the Czech Republic.

Sebastian Dahm’s 29 saves helped Denmark hang on to stun Canada and enter the hunt for a quarter-final berth.

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 faces Slovakia who must avoid a loss of regulation.

The United States must wait to advance to the quarter-finals after a bruising 1-0 loss to the Czechs in the two teams’ penultimate group game.

Matej Blümel scored on a breakaway 7:53 into the first period and goaltender Karel Vejmelka stopped 24 shots as the Czechs held on for their first shutout of the league. Jeremy Swayman saved 15 of 16 for the United States

The loss meant the American players could miss the quarter-finals in the unlikely event that they lost to Norway on Tuesday and Latvia beat Sweden.

The United States was coming off an overtime win over Sweden and is 4-2 in the group, with the other loss being to Olympic champion Finland.

Austria scored five third-half goals in a dramatic comeback to win 5-3 against Great Britain, who are relegated from the World Championship division for 2023.

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