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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
 

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