Canada tops France at hockey worlds, Sweden routs Austria

Sweden's Elias Pettersson, left, checks Austria's Thomas Raffl and Peter Schneider, right, during the Ice Hockey World Championships group B match between Sweden and Austria at the Ondrej Nepela Arena in Bratislava, Slovakia, Thursday, May 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)

Anthony Mantha scored twice to lift Canada to a 5-2 victory over France at the hockey world championship on Thursday

KOSICE, Slovakia — Anthony Mantha scored twice to lift Canada to a 5-2 victory over France at the hockey world championship on Thursday.

Mantha opened the scoring on a 5-on-3 power play with a slap shot in the opening period and added his second for a 4-2 lead in the final frame. Mantha now has a team-high five goals and four assists from four games.

Canada moved to the second place in Group A in Kosice with nine points, three behind leading Germany and one ahead of the United States in third.

Gabriel Landeskog scored just 69 seconds into his first game at the tournament to kickstart Sweden's 9-1 rout of Austria.

Landeskog, who also had two assists, only arrived in Bratislava on Thursday morning to join the two-time defending champion after his Colorado Avalanche were eliminated from the NHL playoffs.

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