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Panthers Players Perfect in 2007 World Championship

Monday, 04.30.2007 / 3:47 PM ET / News
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Panthers Players Perfect in 2007 World Championship

The United States is a perfect 2-0 at the 2007 IIHF World Championship in Russia after Sunday’s dominating 5-1 win over Belarus. The Americans will face their toughest challenge on Tuesday when they take on the Czech Republic.

So far the Czech Republic is putting on an offensive show with two wins, 8-2 over Belarus and 6-1 over Austria. Florida Panthers LW Rostislav Olesz is on the Czech Republic team and has a goal and an assist in the country's first two games. The Czechs are looking to make it to their third consecutive Championship game.

Three Panthers players are participating in the World Championship (Olesz-CZE, Ville Peltonen-FIN and Cory Murphy-CAN), as well as Panthers General Manager and Head Coach Jacques Martin. Martin’s Team Canada is 2-0 after winning Monday 4-2 over Norway. Panthers D Cory Murphy assisted on Canada’s fourth goal. He has two assists in two games and now leads the team with a plus-three rating. Canada will take on Slovakia on Wednesday.

Also putting on a strong showing are the 2006 Olympic Silver Medalists, Finland. Even without Panthers Captain Olli Jokinen in the lineup for his home country, the Finns have put on two strong performances with a 5-0 win over the Ukraine and a 6-2 win over Denmark.

Part of the reason for the Finns success is Panthers LW Ville Peltonen, who has a goal and three assists in the first two games of the World Championship. Peltonen, who is playing in his 12th World Championship, is providing the veteran leadership for Finland they were hoping for from him.

The Finns have a huge challenge in front of them on Tuesday when they take on host Russia. The Russians have shown no mercy to their first two opponents defeating Denmark 9-1 and the Ukraine 8-1.

For more information on the 2007 IIHF World Championship in Russia, click here.

POS PLAYER TEAM GP G A PTS PIM +/-
LW Ville Peltonen FIN 2 1 3 4 2 +2
LW Rostisav Olesz CZE 2 1 1 2 0 +2
D Cory Murphy CAN 2 0 2 2 2 +3

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 252 192 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 221 189 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 262 211 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 242 203 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 252 230 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 235 221 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 238 215 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 221 210 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 213 211 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 206 223 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 236 250 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 215 234 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 181 216 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 188 226 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 211 262 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 161 274 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Huberdeau 79 15 39 10 54
J. Jokinen 81 8 36 -2 44
N. Bjugstad 72 24 19 -7 43
A. Ekblad 81 12 27 12 39
B. Boyes 78 14 24 11 38
A. Barkov 71 16 20 -4 36
J. Hayes 72 19 16 -4 35
B. Campbell 82 3 24 4 27
B. Pirri 49 22 2 6 24
D. Bolland 53 6 17 4 23
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 28 19 12 .921 2.35
A. Montoya 6 7 2 .892 3.01
 
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