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'09WJ: Sweden, Canada In Finals

Sunday, 01.04.2009 / 9:44 AM / World Juniors
Florida Panthers
2009 IIHF World Junior Championships
Ottawa, Canada
   
     
United States
Sweden
Russia

If Monday's final are anything like the two semis from Saturday, the fans are in for a treat.

Both games from Saturday saw back-and-fourth action with two come-from-behind victories.

Trailing 2-1 after two periods of play, Jacob Markstrom and Sweden fought back for a 5-3 win while trailing in the final minutes of play, Canada tied the score at five with just 5.4 seconds left in play and won in a shoot out.

Sweden takes on Canada for gold on Monday at 7:30pm EST. The game is televised on TSN in Canada and NHL Network in the United States.

Evgeni Dadonov and Russia will battle Slovakia for bronze at 3:30pm. The game is also televised on TSN and NHL Network.

Jacob Markstrom
Sweden 5 - Slovakia 3: Jaroslav Janus almost stole another one.

Only allowing one goal through the first 40 minutes of play, Slovakia was 20 minutes away from beating the heavily favored Swedes in the first semi-final Saturday.

But Sweden was finally able to solve the netminder and turned the tide of play in a matter of five minutes midway through the third.

While Sweden was trying to find their scoring touch, they received a yeomen's job from their own netminder, Panthers prospect Jacob Markstrom as he kept them in the game. Several times Slovakia players found themselves on one-on-one situations with the Swedish netminder. And yet they were turned away. His right pad stopped one shooter. A dive back and he robbed another shooter with his glove, deflecting the "written all-over" goal away to the corner. And the two goals he did allow in the first two periods were shots pros wouldn't even stop.

Slovakia and Sweden almost went to the first intermission with no score, but a shot from Marek Mertel from the point deflected off a Swedish defender and into the top right corner of the net with four seconds to go as Slovakia was on the power play.

Sweden was finally able to solve Janus midway through the second as Calgary's Mikael Backlund ripped the puck past the Slovak goalie 10:19 in. But Slovakia had an answer 5:28 later as a turnover in the defensive zone left Tomas Tatar alone and the Slovak scored Slovakia's second power play goal of the game, blasting a shot past Markstrom.

The underdogs had the 2-1 lead despite being outshot 31-20 through the first two periods. Sweden threw 19 shots on net in the middle period alone.

They stepped up their onslaught in the final period with 20 shots and they finally capitalized on Slovakia's mistakes.

Backlund scored his second of the game with a power play tally 7:04 in. David Ullstrom gave Sweden their first lead of the game on a great individual effort. Driving to the net, he took a shot while falling down. As he laid on the ice and the puck laying by the left post, he poked the check in before Janus could find and cover it, 1:48 later. Simon Hjalmarsson gave Sweden a two-goal lead 4:16 after Ullstrom's tally.

That fourth goal was huge for Sweden. Slovakia pulled Janus with 4:32 left in the game and it paid off. Off a scramble in front of the net, Tatar scored his second of the night past a diving Markstrom who almost made the stop with 4:02 left.

Despite some close calls in the final four minutes of play, Sweden held off Slovakia and Los Angeles' Oscar Moller put the nail in the coffin with an empty netter with 1:17 left.

Markstrom finished with 27 saves in the game.

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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
vs Slovakia 27 3 .900 3.00 1-0-0
Total
Saves
Goals Allowed
Save %
GAA
Record
3 104 5 .954 1.25 4-0-0


Evgeni Dadonov
Canada 6 - Russia 5 (SO): 5.4 seconds. That would have been the difference in the game.

With just over a minute in play, the Canadians had pulled their goalie. They were down 5-4 to the Russians - who had scored with only 2:20 remaining to take the lead - and looking for a prayer.

Enter Jordan Eberle.

The Edmonton Oiler's prospect was hot, already scoring a goal earlier in the contest. And when the host nation needed it most, he answered the call. A shot from the point hit a downed defenseman in front of the net and Eberle took the puck, deked, and beat Russian netminder Vadim Zhelobnyuk with 5.4 remaining on the clock.

After a scoreless 10 minute overtime, the two teams went to the shootout. Canada would shoot first.

And who stepped to center ice first?

That's right. Eberle. The forward skated straight for Zhelobnyuk, deked and shot a backhander over the Russian netminder.

That proved to be the game winner as Tampa's Dustin Takarski stopped both Russian shooters. John Tavaress added the second shootout goal with a move similar to Eberle, this time glancing it off the left post and in.

Canada would score first in the game between the long-time hockey rivals as Brett Sonne scored just 2:02 into the contest. That would start the scoring onslaught as four goals were scored in the first 7:20 of the game.

Russia tied the game when Maxim Goncharov scored off a feed from Evgeni Dadonov 5:18 in while Patrice Cormier scored at the 7:04 mark for Canada. Russia answered right back as Dmitri Klopov scored 16 seconds later.

Canada would take the lead heading into the final period of play by scoring the only goal of the second. The tally came from Eberle as the Russians had just killed off the first penalty in a 5-on-3 power play, with 3:20 left.

Just 51 seconds into the final period of regulation, the Russians knotted the score at three when Evgeni Grachev found the back of the net. A shorthanded goal by Atlanta's Angelo Esposito gave the Canadians their fourth lead of the game 5:44 in, but the Russians would hold the lead where it almost counted as they recorded two straight goals. Sergei Andronov tied the score at four 6:22 into the third as the Russians were on the power play and Klopov scored his second with 2:20 remaining.

Dadonov finished with the assist on two shots on goal and was a plus-2 while skating on Russia's first line.

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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
vs Canada 0 1 1 2 +2 0
Total
Goals
Assists
Points
Shots
+/-
PIM
6 2 4 6 14 +6 2


     
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
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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

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2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
N. Bjugstad 76 16 22 -14 38
S. Upshall 76 15 22 1 37
B. Campbell 82 7 30 -6 37
B. Boyes 78 21 15 -6 36
S. Bergenheim 62 16 13 -16 29
J. Huberdeau 69 9 19 -5 28
T. Fleischmann 80 8 20 -18 28
T. Gilbert 73 3 25 -5 28
B. Pirri 49 13 12 6 25
A. Barkov 54 8 16 -3 24
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 25 23 7 .919 2.40
S. Clemmensen 6 7 1 .896 3.09
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