Hossa was on fire :thumbsup:
Riga, Latvia (Sports Network) - Marian Hossa had a goal and two assists to lead Slovakia to a 5-2 victory over Sweden in the quarterfinal round of the 2006 World Hockey Championship on Sunday.
Hossa had missed Slovakia's last two games with a knee injury, but his presence on the ice was immediate as he scored 1:45 into the contest and assisted on the second goal to keep Slovakia's hopes alive.
Slovakia moved to within one point of Belarus and Switzerland in the Group F standings. Slovakia will be assured of a spot in the quarterfinals with a win over Ukraine, but a tie will also be enough if Switzerland should lose to Belarus.
The Swedes had already clinched a spot in the quarterfinals, but the loss means they can no longer win Group F.
Russia beat Switzerland 6-3 to run its winning streak to five straight games and remain atop Group F.
Danis Zaripov, Denis Arkhipov, Dmitri Bykov, Ilya Nikulin, Nikolai Kulemin and Evgeni Malkin scored for the Russians, who will finish up qualifying round play on Monday against Sweden.
Fredrik Norrena stopped 18 shots to lead Finland to a 3-0 victory over Norway. The win gives Finland seven Qualifying Round points and sets the stage for a showdown with Team Canada on Monday for first place in Group E.
Canada, meanwhile, lost to the Czech Republic 6-4. David Vyborny and Zbynek Irgl each had a goal and an assist for the Czech's, who will play the United States on Tuesday.
Sidney Crosby had a goal and an assist for Canada, which will take first place in Group E if it defeats Finland on Monday.