Andrew Mangiapane had two goals and four points as resurgent Canada defeated winless Italy 7-1 on Sunday at the world hockey championships to move into a fourth-place tie in Group B.
Team Canada coach Gerrard Gallant, after his team fell to 0-3 to open the tournament, vowed he’d stick with the plan, saying, “We’ve played good hockey so far. We just haven’t gotten the results.”
And it appears the free-agent coach, who has already interviewed with the New York Rangers and should receive consideration for other open positions when he returns to North America, was right. The Canadians, who scored just two goals in their first three games, have now won three straight and will finish the preliminary round Tuesday against Finland.
The top four in each group advance to the quarterfinals.
Though his Calgary Flames did not make the Stanley Cup playoffs, Mangiapane did have a breakout season, and it appears his momentum has shifted over to the worlds. He played in all 56 games, often gaining top-line minutes for Calgary, finishing with 18 goals and 32 points.