Sweden beats Kazakhstan to keep perfect record at hockey worlds, Austria upsets Finland

sweden beats kazakhstan to keep perfect record at hockey worlds, austria upsets finland

Sweden's Linus Johansson, front, celebrates with teammates after scoring his side's second goal during the preliminary round match between Kazakhstan and Sweden at the Ice Hockey World Championships in Ostrava, Czech Republic, Thursday, May 16, 2024. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

PRAGUE (AP) — Sweden kept a perfect record at the ice hockey world championship by beating Kazakstan 3-1 on Thursday.

sweden beats kazakhstan to keep perfect record at hockey worlds, austria upsets finland

Kazakhstan's goalkeeper Nikita Boyarkin, right, makes a save in front of Sweden's Fabian Zetterlund, center, during the preliminary round match between Kazakhstan and Sweden at the Ice Hockey World Championships in Ostrava, Czech Republic, Thursday, May 16, 2024. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

Linus Johansson, Marcus Johansson Fabian Zetterlund scored as the Swedes earned a fourth victory to top Group B in Ostrava.

Adil Beketayev scored for Kazakhstan.

In Group A in Prague, Austria stunned Finland 3-2 for its first victory at the tournament and first over Finland at the worlds. Benjamin Baumgartner scored the winner with one second left to complete a rally from two goals down.

sweden beats kazakhstan to keep perfect record at hockey worlds, austria upsets finland

Sweden's goalkeeper Samuel Ersson, center, makes a save in front of Kazakhstan's Roman Starchenko, right, during the preliminary round match between Kazakhstan and Sweden at the Ice Hockey World Championships in Ostrava, Czech Republic, Thursday, May 16, 2024. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

Oliver Kapanen scored his tournament-leading sixth goal and Saku Maenalanen also netted to give Finland a 2-0 lead.

Mario Huber started the rally and Thimo Nickl tied it midway through the final period for Austria, which took Canada to overtime in its last game before losing 7-6.

sweden beats kazakhstan to keep perfect record at hockey worlds, austria upsets finland

Sweden's Linus Johansson scores his side's second goal past Kazakhstan's goalkeeper Nikita Boyarkin during the preliminary round match between Kazakhstan and Sweden at the Ice Hockey World Championships in Ostrava, Czech Republic, Thursday, May 16, 2024. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

Later Thursday, Canada was also looking for a fourth win when it played Norway in Group A and the United States played France in Group B.

sweden beats kazakhstan to keep perfect record at hockey worlds, austria upsets finland

Austria's goalkeeper David Kickert, center, in action during the preliminary round match between Finland and Austria at the Ice Hockey World Championships in Prague, Czech Republic, Thursday, May 16, 2024. (Katerina Sulova/CTK via AP)

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sweden beats kazakhstan to keep perfect record at hockey worlds, austria upsets finland

Sweden's goalkeeper Samuel Ersson makes a save during the preliminary round match between Kazakhstan and Sweden at the Ice Hockey World Championships in Ostrava, Czech Republic, Thursday, May 16, 2024. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

sweden beats kazakhstan to keep perfect record at hockey worlds, austria upsets finland

A hockey stick breaks as Finland's Ahti Oksanen, front, and Austria's Peter Schneider, rear, challenge for the puck during the preliminary round match between Finland and Austria at the Ice Hockey World Championships in Prague, Czech Republic, Thursday, May 16, 2024. (Katerina Sulova/CTK via AP)

sweden beats kazakhstan to keep perfect record at hockey worlds, austria upsets finland

Finland's Iiro Pakarinen, center, celebrates after scoring during the preliminary round match between Finland and Austria at the Ice Hockey World Championships in Prague, Czech Republic, Thursday, May 16, 2024. (Katerina Sulova/CTK via AP)

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