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Using The Power Play To Make Short Work

Friday, 05.1.2009 / 5:03 PM ET / World Championship
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Using The Power Play To Make Short Work

By Glenn Odebralski for floridapanthers.com

USA 6 – France 2 ::: It was a game dominated by the power play and penalty kill. Five of the eight goals scored came off the man advantage as the United States skated away with a huge 6-2 victory over France.

It wasn’t even a close game as the United States struck early and often, largely in part to their power play. The Islanders rookie Kyle Okposo got the Americans on the board with a power play tally just 4:02 in. David Backes (Saint Louis) made it 2-0 off another man advantage goal at the 10:38 mark.

Up 2-0 after one period of play, Ryan Shannon (Ottawa) connected for his third of the tournament 4:51 into the second. Okposo then set up the Cats Keith Ballard for his first of the championships 7:29 in, running the United States lead to 4-0.

France would make it interesting as they scored two out of the next three goals during a 2:06 span midway through the middle period. Yorick Treille beat Phoenix’s Al Montoya, who was making his World Championship debut, 9:41 in while the French were on the power play. Edmonton’s Patrick O’Sullivan remained hot, netting his fourth of the tourney 50 seconds later at the 10:31 mark. France’s Pierre Edouard Bellemare finished out the scoring during that span as well as the period when his power play goal brought the score to 5-2 with 8:13 left.

The United States would score the only goal of the third, thanks to the man advantage as Los Angeles’ Jack Johnson found the back of the net (4th of tournament) 9:55 in.

The United States, who is in a battle with Russia for first in Group E faces them on Saturday.

Ballard finished with the goal on three shots and was a plus-2 while on the ice for 14:31.




First Round
United States (4) vs Latvia (2) - Saturday April 25
United States (6)  vs Austria (1) - Monday April 27
United States (5) vs Sweden (6) (SO) - Wednesday April 29


Qualifying Round
United States (6) vs France (2) - Friday May 1
United States vs Russia - Saturday May 2
United States vs Switzerland - Monday May 4


Keith Ballard - 3 GP - 1 Goal - 1 Assist - 7 Shots - 42:43 Total Ice Time - 2 +/- Rating



First Round
Czech Republic (5) vs Norway (0) - Saturday April 25
Czech Republic (5) vs Denmark (2) - Monday Apirl 27
Czech Republic vs Finland - Wednesday April 29


Qualifying Round
Czech Republic (1) vs Canada (5) - Thursday April 30
Czech Republic vs Slovakia - Saturday May 2
Czech Republic vs Belarus - Sunday May 3


Rostislav Olesz - 4 GP - 1 Assist - 2 Shots - 32:25 Total Ice Time - 1 +/- Rating
Michael Frolik - 0 GP - Shots - Ice Time - +/- Rating



First Round
Latvia (2) vs United States (4) - Saturday April 25
Latvia (3) vs Sweden (2) (SO) - Monday April 27
Latvia vs Austria - Wednesday April 29


Latvia (2) vs Switzerland (1) (SO) - Thursday April 30
Latvia vs France - Saturday May 2
Latvia vs Russia - Sunday May 3


Karlis Skrastins (C) - 4 GP - 1 Assist - 1 Shot - 64:11 Total Ice Time - +1 +/- Rating
Janis Sprukts - 4 GP - 1 Assist - 4 Shots - 56:38 Total Ice Time - +1 +/- Rating
 

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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