Canada blanks Switzerland, wins 3rd straight Spengler Cup

DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) Kevin Poulin made 36 saves for the shutout and Canada beat Switzerland 3-0 on Sunday to win the Spengler Cup for the third straight time.

Zach Boychuk and Maxim Noreau scored in the second period and David McIntyre added an insurance goal in the third. It was the first time a team has won three straight titles at the event since Canada won four in a row from 1995-98.

Canada caught a break on the game’s opening goal at Vaillant Arena. Noreau’s shot hit Boychuk’s leg and eluded Swiss goalie Leonardo Genoni at 7:34 of the second period.

Less than four minutes later, Canada won a clean faceoff and Noreau blasted a shot from the point to make it 2-0. McIntyre put the game away midway through the third period as he spun in the slot and squeezed a shot under Genoni’s arm.

The title is the 15th for Canada overall, tying host HC Davos for the most in tournament history.

The six-team competition was the last of five Olympic tuneup events for the Canadians.