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'09WJ: Finishing Up The Preliminaries

Thursday, 01.1.2009 / 9:55 AM ET / World Juniors
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\'09WJ: Finishing Up The Preliminaries
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

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Jagr 79 27 39 23 66
J. Jokinen 81 18 42 25 60
A. Barkov 66 28 31 18 59
J. Huberdeau 76 20 39 17 59
V. Trocheck 76 25 28 15 53
R. Smith 82 25 25 19 50
A. Ekblad 78 15 21 18 36
N. Bjugstad 67 15 19 -8 34
B. Campbell 82 6 25 31 31
B. Pirri 52 11 13 -4 24
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 35 19 6 .922 2.35
A. Montoya 12 7 3 .919 2.18

 
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