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World Juniors

'09WJ: Finishing Up The Preliminaries

Thursday, 01.01.2009 / 9:55 AM / World Juniors
Florida Panthers
2009 IIHF World Junior Championships
Ottawa, Canada
   
     
United States
Sweden
Russia

It should have been the two best games of the tournament to date. Sweden vs Russia and Canada vs USA in a winner automatically advances to the semis. Four hockey powerhouses fighting for two spots.

One game was all that was cracked up to be. The other... well wasn't.

Sweden trounced Russia 5-0 in the first game in Ottawa while Canada outlasted a pesty American team 7-4 thanks in large part to the power play.

Canada and Sweden have automatic bids to the medal rounds while Russia is left to battle the Czech Republic in the quarters and the USA is set to face Slovakia on Friday.

The winner of the Russia-Czech game will face Canada in one semi while the US-Slovakia winner will face Sweden in the other.

Jacob Markstrom
Sweden 5 - Russia 0: Jacob Markstrom was so close to getting a shut out before. He gave up one goal against Finland and then another goal against Slovakia. But this time it was different.

With an automatic birth in the World Junior semis on the line, the Panthers top prospect from the 2008 draft shut down the high-powered Russians with 31 saves, including several with Russia on breakaways, for his first shut out of the tournament.

Russia had gone into the game scoring over 5 goals a contest (5.67), but it was Markstrom's night Wednesday.

Sweden jumped on the board just 5:01 into the contest as Andre Petersson beat the Russian netminder.

That, techinically, would all Markstrom would need.

But Sweden continued their onslaught on the Russians, scoring three more times in the opening period, including two on the power play. Simon Hjalmarsson scored 10:00 in, Petersson scored his second on the power play with 3:10 left and Mikael Backlund added the second straight goal with the man advangtage just 41 seconds later.

After a scoreless second, Sweden's Marcus Johansson netted the fifth goal for the Swedes 3:55 into the final period of play.

For Markstrom, the 2008 second-round pick (31st overall) stopped 12 shots in the first, 13 in the second and 6 in the third. He dropped his goals against average to .667 and improved his save percentage to .975, tops in the tournament.

For Russia, Evgeni Dadonov finished with a shot on net and was a minus-1.

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World Junior Championship Statistics - Jacob Markstrom
Game
Saves
Goals Allowed
Save %
GAA
Record
vs Finland 20 1 .952 1.00 1-0-0
vs Slovakia 26 1 .963 1.00 1-0-0
vs Russia 31 0 1.000 0.00 1-0-0
Total
Goals
Assists
Points
Shots
+/-
3 71 2 .975 0.67 3-0-0

World Junior Championship Statistics - Evgeni Dadonov
Game
Goals
Assists
Points
Shots
+/-
PIM
 vs Latvia 0 1 1 2 +1 2
vs Finland 1 2 3 2 +2 0
vs Slovakia 0 0 0 4 +1 0
vs Sweden 0 0 0 1 -1 0
Total
Goals
Assists
Points
Shots
+/-
PIM
4 1 3 4 9 +3 2


Matt Rust
Canada 7 -  USA 4: Looks can be deceiving. Even though the final shown a 7-4 victory for the host nation, the game was far from in doubt as Canada and the US were involved in a back-and-forth affair all night long. And thanks to the power play (6 of the 11 goals), the game was high scoring.

The US actually held a three goal lead in the contest before Canada fought back with seven of the last eight goals of the game.

Kevin Shattenkirk scored 3:49 into the contest. The goal was unassisted, putting the Americans up 1-0. The visitors used the power play to go up two when Toronto's Jimmy Hayes beat Tampa's Dustin Takarski 3:26 later. Jim O'Brien added to the Americans lead when his shot found the back of the net with 7:25 left in the period.

The Americans were feeling good about their chances. And how could they not. They held a three-goal lead on the highly favored Canadiens and everything was clicking. But Canada took the momentum away.

That momentum started thanks to highly touted 2009 draft-eligible prospect John Tavares. With 5:05 left in the period, Tavares got the Canadians on the board with a power play tally. He then brought Canada to within one with his second just 48 seconds later. Jordan Eberle knotted the score at three in a wild first period with another power play goal with 1:50 left.

The power play goals kept on coming in the second as all three were scored on the man advantage. Canada's Zach Boychuk (Carolina) scored 37 seconds into the period, giving Canada their first lead of the game. Nashville's Jonathon Blum tied the score for the US, 3:03 later.

The eventual game winner came off the stick of Cody Hodgson 6:56 into the second, Canada's fourth power play goal of the game.

After that, the scoring died down until the final minute of play as Canada tacked on two empty net goals. Tavares finished off the hat trick with 47 seconds left to play while Buffalo's Tyler Ennis converted with 10 seconds left.

Matt Rust was whistled for a hooking call 12:43 into the contest.

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World Junior Championship Statistics - Matt Rust
Game
Goals
Assists
Points
Shots
+/-
PIM
Face-offs
 vs Germany 1 0 1 3 +1 4 6 of 11
vs Czech Republic 1 0 1 2 +1 4 15 of 27
vs Kazakhstan 1 1 2 1 +2 0 15 of 19
vs Canada 0 0 0 0 0 2  
Total
Goals
Assists
Points
Shots
+/-
PIM
Face-offs
4 3 1 24 6 +4 10 21 of 38


     
GROUP A
Rank
Team
GP
W
OTW
OTL
L
PTS
GDF
GF
GA
1
CAN
4
4
0
0
0
12
29
35
6
2
USA
4
3
0
0
1
9
16
28
12
3
CZE
4
2
0
0
2
6
6
20
14
4
GER
4
1
0
0
3
3
-7
12
19
5
KAZ
4
0
0
0
4
0
-44
2
46
 
GROUP B
Rank
Team
GP
W
OTW
OTL
L
PTS
GDF
GF
GA
1
SWE 4 4 0 0
0
12
18
21
3
2
RUS 4 3 0
0
1
9
8
17
9
3
SVK 4 2 0
0
2
6
-3
12
15
4
FIN 4 1 0
0
3
3
-2
10
12
5
LAT 4 0 0
0
4
0
-21
5
26
UPCOMING EVENTS

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 23 16 6 1 61 57 33
2 PIT 21 15 4 2 76 49 32
3 NYI 22 16 6 0 72 59 32
4 TBL 23 15 6 2 81 63 32
5 DET 22 12 5 5 64 54 29
6 BOS 23 13 9 1 59 57 27
7 TOR 22 11 8 3 70 67 25
8 OTT 21 10 7 4 58 56 24
9 FLA 20 8 6 6 42 51 22
10 WSH 21 9 8 4 58 57 22
11 NYR 21 9 8 4 60 62 22
12 NJD 22 9 10 3 53 63 21
13 PHI 21 8 10 3 59 66 19
14 CAR 21 6 12 3 48 63 15
15 CBJ 21 6 13 2 51 76 14
16 BUF 22 6 14 2 37 72 14

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
N. Bjugstad 20 8 4 5 12
J. Jokinen 20 2 10 4 12
A. Ekblad 20 2 9 1 11
J. Hayes 13 4 5 3 9
B. Boyes 20 4 5 1 9
J. Huberdeau 17 2 6 3 8
S. Upshall 17 3 4 -1 7
B. Campbell 20 1 6 -3 7
V. Trocheck 11 1 5 4 6
D. Kulikov 16 0 6 1 6
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Montoya 1 1 1 .926 1.99
R. Luongo 7 5 5 .927 2.33
 
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