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'09WJ: Russia Moves On

Saturday, 01.3.2009 / 8:36 AM ET / World Juniors
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\'09WJ: Russia Moves On
2009 IIHF World Junior Championships
Ottawa, Canada
   
     
United States
Sweden
Russia

One moves on. The other goes home.

For the Panthers prospects playing in the quarterfinals, it wasn't the day that everyone expected. Both Russia and the United States were expected to win, possibly easily, their matches against the Czech Republic and Slovakia respectively.

Russia accomplished that feat, beating the Czechs 5-1 Friday. The Americans however were upset 5-3 as they ran into a tough opponent in the Slovaks. It didn't help that they were facing a goaltender that was on top of his game either.

Russia now faces Canada in the Semis Saturday while Slovakia takes on Sweden. The United States is now left to face the Czech Republic for fifth place. Not what they had hoped for when starting the tournament.

Evgeni Dadonov
Russia 5 - Czech Republic 1: After being shut out by Sweden in the last game of the preliminaries, Russia needed to bounce back against the Czech Republic in order to get to the semis.

Russia will play Canada in Saturday's semis after doing just that, scoring five of the six goals in the game in their victory over the Czechs.

The Russians jumped on the board first, getting a power play goal from Sergei Andronov 11:53 into the opening period.

They would increase their lead as the captain and Columbus first-round pick Nikita Filatov beat the Czech goaltender just 1:25 into the second.

Russia basically put the game away and dashed the hopes of the Czechs even when two Russians went to the box for penalties. After a blocked pass, Evgeni Grachev found himself one-on-one with the Czech goaltender. The result? A 3-0 lead for Russia 7:26 into the second period.

The Czechs would eventually score on that 5-on-3 power play when Radko Gudas beat Vadim Zhelobnyuk 35 seconds after Grachev's goal.

Evgeni Dadonov netted his second of the tournament, putting Russia up 4-1 with 5:58 left in the contest and Pavel Chernov scored on the power play with 31 seconds left to finish out the scoring.

Russia now takes on Canada in the Semis Saturday night (7:30pm EST) on TSN/NHL Network.

Dadonov finished with the goal on three shots and was a plus-1.

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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
vs Czech Republic 1 0 1 3 +1 0
Total
Goals
Assists
Points
Shots
+/-
PIM
5 2 3 5 12  +4 2


Matt Rust
Slovakia 5 -  USA 3: Shocking. Stunning. Surprising. Take any one of them. That would be a good way to start when talking about Slovakia's 5-3 victory over the highly favored United States in the quarterfinals.

The US, featuring at least eight NHL first-round picks, thoroughly outshot the Slovaks 47-19 in the game, but just ran into a hot goaltender.

They threw everything but the kitchen sink at Slovakia's Jaroslav Janus. The Americans had 15 shots in the first, and 16 each in the final two periods. But whatever they did, Janus had an answer, making several highlight reel saves.

It also didn't help that the United States' netminder Thomas McCollum didn't have his best game of the tournament, allowing four goals on 18 shots.

Slovakia's A Bezak gave the European squad the lead when his shot beat McCollum 11:05 into the contest. Ian Cole tied it for the US as his power play goal shot from the point beat Janus 56 seconds later. But that tie was shortlived as the Americans tried to clear the puck but Slovakia, putting pressure on the puck, caused a turnover and R Panik found T Tatar all alone in front of the net. Tatar then beat McCollum short side for a 2-1 advantage just 1:40 after the US goal.

The Slovaks increased their lead to 3-1 with 2:07 left in the first when a clearing attempt by the US by Shattenkirk hit the referee and landed on the stick of J Molnar. The forward wound up from the point and struck the rolling puck and it bounced off Shattenkirk and then the ground before beating McCollum.

After a scoreless second, the Americans cut the lead to one with their second power play goal of the night as Jonathon Blum snuck in from his point position and poked the rebound into the empty net 5:31 into the period. Panik found the back of the net to increase the Slovakia lead to two once again with 8:22 remaining in the period. The goal went to video review as it had appeared it could have been punched in, but to no avail.

The United States pulled out all the stops, including pulling their goalie early, attempting to get something by Janus in the final minutes of play. The move backfired as Tatar scored on the empty net for his second of the game with 2:14 left in the game giving them a 5-2 lead.

James vanRiemsdyk finished out the scoring as he broke in on Janus and beat the netminder while falling down with 1:18 remaining.

Matt Rust finished with four shots on net and was a minus-2.

The Americans will play for fifth place against the Czech Republic on Sunday.

For Slovakia, they take on Sweden in the semis on Saturday at 3:30pm EST on TSN/NHL Network.

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World Junior Championship Statistics - Matt Rust
Game
Goals
Assists
Points
Shots
+/-
PIM
 vs Germany 1 0 1 3 +1 4
vs Czech Republic 1 0 1 2 +1 4
vs Kazakhstan 1 1 2 1 +2 0
vs Canada 0 0 0 0 0 2
vs Slovakia 0 0 0 4 -2 0
Total
Goals
Assists
Points
Shots
+/-
PIM
5 3 1 4 10 +2 10





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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