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Zamuner hurt; Gratton joins Canada

Lightning left wing Rob Zamuner, playing for Canada in the World Ice Hockey Championships, has blood in his right eye socket after being cut Sunday in a game against Slovakia. Zamuner needed stitches under the eye.

Former Lightning player Chris Gratton joined the Canadian team Tuesday, filling one of the two vacancies on the roster.

In tournament action, defending champion Canada and Olympic gold medalist Czech Republic advanced to the second round. Three-time world championship veteran Nelson Emerson of the Carolina Hurricanes and Todd Bertuzzi of the Vancouver Canucks each had a goal and an assist on way to securing Canada's 5-2 victory over Italy and the top spot of the B Group standings.

"It's always difficult in these preliminary games and we're really happy it's over with," Canadian coach Andy Murray said. "When you're in this three-game round-robin, anything can happen. You lose a game and you can be out of the tournament."

Radek Belohlav scored the third hat trick of the tournament to lead the Czechs to an 8-1 defeat of Germany in the A Group and became the first team to finish round-robin play 3-0.

The United States, 1-1, found out Sharks defenseman Al Iafrate will be added to the roster. He likely will play in today's preliminary-round game against Sweden.

Still, the United States' chances of advancing to the second round are sinking. Reports that John LeClair would break the boycott and become the first member from the Olympic team to join the squad proved premature as general manager David Poile told the Associated Press on Monday that LeClair would definitely not be coming.

If the United States hopes to advance to the second round, it will have to beat Sweden, strengthened by the recent addition of Peter Forsberg, on Wednesday.