ST. PETERSBURG, RUSSIA - Canada beat Slovakia 4-3 on Tuesday night, to solidify third place in Canada's pool, setting up a quarter-final match up with Switzerland Thursday night at the Men's World Hockey Championship in St. Petersburg, Russia, and also added three players from the Detroit Red Wings to the roster.
Team Canada General Manager Cliff Fletcher announced Wednesday that three Detroit Red Wings will be joining the team in time for Canada's game against Switzerland on Thursday. Canada had roster spots open as they enter into the quarter-final round of the championship.
Forwards Martin Lapointe and Kris Draper, along with defenseman Larry Murphy will all join Canada at the World Championship. Lapointe arrives on Wednesday evening, while Draper and Murphy arrive on Thursday afternoon.
Murphy is second, behind Gordie Howe, in NHL all-time games played with 1558. Murphy also has 1195 regular season career points.
Canada finished in third place with six points in Pool F, behind Czech Republic and Finland, and have an overall record of 4-2-0 after six games. The winner of the Canada/Switzerland game will advance to the championship semi-final and will face the winner of Czech Republic and Latvia on Friday. Finland versus Sweden and Slovakia versus USA will also face-off on Thursday.
Todd Bertuzzi of the Vancouver Canucks leads the championship in scoring with nine points in six games. Jose Theodore of the Montreal Canadiens leads all goaltenders in the championship with a 1.20 GAA and a 95.16 save percentage. Brendan Morrison leads the championship in plus/minus with a plus 8.
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