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WJC Day 4: Danish Surprise, American Muscle

Two big wins for the Group B powerhouses, and another win for a surprise Group A contender.

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Another day, another slate of games in the World Junior Championship and Day 4 certainly did not disappoint. Another upset, a historic win, and some assumptions can now be made about the group standings. With that, take a look at what happened yesterday in Toronto and Montreal.

Denmark 3 - Czech Republic 2

Could it be? Did Denmark win not just one, but two games in the WJC? Their performance this tournament so far might be one of the best storylines and this game was totally a microcosm of it. The Danes never held a lead until the end, scoring the ultimate game tying goal with less than 10 minutes in the third period. Then just 47 seconds into overtime, Blackhawks prospect Mathias From toe-dragged around Filip Hronek and put it by Bruins prospects Daniel Vladar for the victory. Keep your eye on Denmark, cause they are tremendously fun to watch.

United States 3 - Russia 2

For the first time in 5 games against the competing nations, the US beat Russia in group play in the WJC. BU forward and Coyotes property Clayton Keller, after being denied goals twice in their last game against Slovakia, scored the opening goal, while BC's Colin White and Denver's Troy Terry finished out the American scoring. A late second period Russian power play goal made it 3-2 but the US played a perfect third period en route to a win. The US is looking poised for a deep run through the bracket, barring anything out of the ordinary.

Sweden 3 - Finland 1

In the Scandinavian showdown, the Group A-leading Swedes put the Group A-sinking Finns even further into a hole. Alex Nylander had both the game winning and empty net game ending goals, while Flyers youth Felix Sandström made 28 saves. Finland even had the lead for some of the game, as Aapeli Rasanen scored at 16:35 of the first, but the Suomi couldn't hold on forever.

Canada 10 - Latvia 2

Poor Latvia. Poor Mareks Mitens. Despite so many power play chances, they went 0 for 8 with the man advantage as Canada rolled to a win. The star of the game was Taylor Raddysh, who had a four goal, five point night, and Matthew Barzal added another two goals of his own in as epic a rout as you may see in the tournament.

So what to say of the standings?

Group A

Sweden (3-0-0-0) - 9 pts

Denmark (1-1-0-1) - 5 pts

Czech Republic (1-0-2-0) - 5 pts

Switzerland (0-1-0-1) - 2 pts

Finland (0-0-0-3) - 0 pos

Group B

United States (3-0-0-0) - 9 pts

Canada (3-0-0-0) - 9 pts

Russia (1-0-0-2) - 3 pts

Slovakia (0-0-0-2) - 0 pts

Latvia (0-0-0-3) - 0 pts

Friday is a big day for the Danes, as they take on Switzerland with a chance to win three in a row and put themselves in a prime spot for the winners bracket. The two winless Group B teams, Slovakia and Latvia, will duke it out to see who doesn't end up in the relegation matchup against what is looking ever so likely to be Finland.