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FIN, CZE, RUS and USA Advance to Qualifying Round

Tuesday, 05.1.2007 / 4:56 PM ET / News
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FIN, CZE, RUS and USA Advance to Qualifying Round
The United States fell to the Czech Republic 4-3 Tuesday at the 2007 IIHF World Championship in Russia. The Americans are now 2-1 in the tournament and will face the loser of Wednesday’s Canada-Slovakia game on Thursday.

With the win over the United States, the Czech team is now a perfect 3-0. Florida Panthers LW Rostislav Olesz is on the Czech Republic team and has a goal and two assists in the country's first three games. The Czech’s are looking to make it to their third consecutive Championship game and will face the winner of Wednesday’s Germany-Norway game on Friday.

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 put on two strong performances with a 5-0 win over the Ukraine and a 6-2 win over Denmark before falling to host Russia on Tuesday 5-4.

Part of the reason for the Finns success is Panthers LW Ville Peltonen, who has a goal and four assists in the first three 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. Finland will now face the winner of Wednesday’s Sweden-Switzerland game on Thursday.

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

POS PLAYER TEAM GP G A PTS PIM +/-
LW PELTONEN FIN 3 1 4 5 2 +1
LW OLESZ CZE 3 1 2 3 2 +3
D MURPHY CAN 2 0 2 2 2 +3

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - MTL 77 47 22 8 203 174 102
2 x - NYR 75 47 21 7 228 177 101
3 x - TBL 77 47 23 7 249 201 101
4 PIT 76 42 23 11 210 190 95
5 NYI 77 45 27 5 235 215 95
6 DET 75 40 23 12 220 206 92
7 WSH 76 41 25 10 223 188 92
8 BOS 76 38 25 13 201 196 89
9 OTT 75 37 26 12 218 203 86
10 FLA 76 35 26 15 190 207 85
11 PHI 76 30 29 17 198 219 77
12 CBJ 75 36 35 4 207 232 76
13 NJD 76 31 33 12 168 194 74
14 CAR 75 28 36 11 174 204 67
15 TOR 76 28 42 6 198 244 62
16 BUF 76 21 47 8 148 255 50

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Huberdeau 73 13 36 9 49
N. Bjugstad 72 24 19 -7 43
J. Jagr 71 15 26 -2 41
J. Jokinen 75 8 33 -2 41
B. Boyes 73 12 23 10 35
A. Ekblad 75 11 24 11 35
J. Hayes 66 18 13 -5 31
A. Barkov 65 14 17 -1 31
B. Campbell 76 3 22 2 25
B. Pirri 43 20 2 5 22
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 26 17 12 .921 2.33
A. Montoya 5 7 2 .888 3.08
 
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