Rinne notches shutout, lifts Finland to first win at World Championships

Pekka Rinne stopped all 18 shots he faced Tuesday as Finland got its first victory at the 2014 IIHF World Championships, 4-0 over Germany.

It was the fourth shutout of the tournament, which opened on Friday, and a much-needed result for Finland, the bronze medalist as the Winter Olympics. The Finns opened with losses to Latvia (3-2) and Russia (4-2).

“[Tuesday] we played as a team,” forward Jori Lehtera said. “All five guys on the ice were working together, playing smart. Pekka [Rinne] played really good in the net.”

Rinne is now 1-1 in this year’s tournament and 7-5 all-time at the World Championships.

Finland is alone in sixth in Group B. Its next game is Thursday against host Belarus, currently tied for second with two other teams, including the United States.

Also at the World Championships:

• Craig Smith has a team-high 14 shots on goal and Seth Jones is second in ice time (an average of 22:35 per game) for the United States, which means new Nashville coach Peter Laviolette is getting a good look at two of his new players.

The Americans’ next game is Thursday, which means they have a long time to think about their first loss, a 6-1 rout by Russia on Monday.

• Defenseman Ryan Ellis got his first point (an assist) for Team Canada in a 4-3 victory over the Czech Republic on Monday.