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Mantha leads Canada over France to move up in group, Sweden routs Austria

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 and added his second for a 4-2 lead in the final frame. Mantha now has a team-high five goals and four assists in four games.

Canadians now 3 points back of Germany for tops in Group A

Anthony Mantha of Canada scored twice against France on Thursday in their round robin matchup at the hockey world championship. (Martin Divisek/EPA)

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 in 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.

WATCH | Mantha leads Canada over France:

Anthony Mantha continues to show a nose for the net, scoring two goals en route to a 5-2 victory over France at 2019 IIHF World Championships in Kosice, Slovakia. 1:46

Gabriel Landeskog scored just 69 seconds into his first game of the day 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.

William Nylander had a goal and an assist to join Russsia's Nikita Kucherov atop the scoring chart with 10 points from three goals and seven assists.

With nine points from four games, the Swedes trail undefeated Russia and Switzerland in Group B by three points.

Finland plays Denmark in Group A later Thursday while the Czech Republic faces Latvia in Group B.

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