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Baertschi breaks rib at World Hockey Championships

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According to TSN on Saturday, Sven Baertschi of the Calgary Flames broke his rib on Friday at the 2014 International Ice Hockey Federation World Men's Hockey Championships in Minsk, Belarus. Baertschi broke his rib during Switzerland's 5-0 loss to Russia during the opening day of the event and will not play for Switzerland for the remainder of the tournament.

Baertschi had two goals and nine assists for 11 points in 26 games with the Flames during the 2013-14 regular season. He spent most of his time with the Flames' top minor hockey league affiliate in Abbotsford.

Baertschi will be replaced in the Switzerland lineup by Benjamin Pluss, who plays for Fribourg-Gotteron of the Swiss A League. This season Pluss had 21 goals and 17 assists for 38 points in 49 games played.

Baertschi was one of five Flames playing in the tournament. Sean Monahan of Brampton, Ontario is playing for Canada, Johnny Gaudreau is playing for the United States, Jiri Hudler is playing for the Czech Republic, and Mikael Backlund is playing for Sweden.

Backlund was a star on Saturday for Sweden as he scored twice in a 3-0 win over Denmark. Backlund's first goal was the game winning goal at 11:41 of the first period.

Team Canada meanwhile restored order on Saturday by defeating Slovakia 4-1 after being humiliated by France in a 3-2 shootout loss on Friday. Joel Ward of the Washington Capitals led the Canadian attack with two goals. Canada will next play the Czech Republic on Monday.

France meanwhile lost 2-1 to Italy on Sunday. In other Sunday, Germany improved to 2-0 in group B play with a 3-2 win over Latvia. Germany beat Kazakhstan 2-1 in their opening game on Saturday. There are two monumental games later today. At 11:45 a.m. mountain time, the Czech Republic plays Sweden and then at noon Finland plays Russia.

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