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Finishing Up The Qualifiers

Sunday, 05.3.2009 / 5:17 PM ET / World Championship
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Finishing Up The Qualifiers

By Glenn Odebralski for floridapanthers.com

Czech Republic 3 – Belarus 0
::: It was all about the seeding for the Czech Republic and Belarus. Win and you finish third in your pool. Lose and you’re fourth and having to face the powerful Russians in the first round of the quarterfinals.

It took awhile for either team to score but the Czechs finally solved the Belarus netminder on their way to a 3-0 victory over Belarus.

Skating through a scoreless first half of the game, the Czechs first goal actually came off of specialty teams 10:02 into the second period. With Cats forward Rostislav Olesz in the box for slashing, Petr Cajanek stole the puck at center ice and skated in on Vitali Koval. There he blasted it past the Belarus netminder for the game’s first goal of the game.

The Czechs would add the insurance goal with 57 seconds left in the middle period as New Jersey’s Patrik Elias scored on the power play, knocking in his own rebound for his second goal in two games.

With Belarus pressing to get on the board in the third, Cajanek put the nail in the coffin as his second of the game gave the Czechs the 3-0 lead with 4:08 remaining in the game.

Jakub Stepanek picked up the shutout by stopping 18 Belarusian shots in the game. Olesz skated on the third line and finished with a shot in 11:38 of ice time.

The Czechs will have to wait until Monday to find out who they will face in their quarterfinal match as they could face a number of teams (Latvia, Sweden or the United States).

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Russia 6 – Latvia 1 ::: Five minutes was all the Russians would need to turn a close affair into a route as they beat Latvia 6-1 Sunday in Bern in both team’s last qualifying game.

The victory kept the Russians perfect at the World Championships (one victory in overtime) while Latvia has to wait until Monday to find out if they made the qualification round.

If Switzerland beats the United States in regulation time, Latvia will finish fifth in the group, and will not make the quarterfinal (unless France does not beat Sweden in regulation time, too). In case Switzerland does lose a point, then Latvia is in the quarterfinals.

Russia scored the only goal in the first period when Anton Kuryanov scored 11:43 into the contest on a Russian powerplay.

Then they pulled away from the Latvians, scoring three times in a 2:49 second span early in the second period. Alexei Tereschenko scored just 1:01 in and the floodgates opened.

Oleg Tverdovsky netted Russia’s second power play goal of the game 2:03 later and Kuryanov followed with his second of the game 46 seconds later, making the score 4-0.

Latvia would jump on the board with a power play goal of their own as Herberts Vasiljevs scored 3:55 left in the second.

Russia would score quickly in the third, recording two goals in a 2:50 second span as Alexander Frolov (Los Angeles) scored 3:38 in and Tverdovsky recorded his second of the game at the 6:28 mark.

Alexander Eremenko stopped 25 of 26 shots in the win for Russia while Edgars Masalskis turned away 31 of the 37 shots he saw.

Karlis Skrastins finished with two shots on goal on 16:35 of ice time while Janis Sprukts was on the ice for 14:37.




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 (1)  vs Russia (4) - Saturday May 2
United States vs Switzerland - Monday May 4


Keith Ballard - 5 GP - 1 Goal - 1 Assist - 9 Shots - 42:43 Total Ice Time - 2 +/- Rating



First Round
Czech Republic (5) vs Denmark (0) - Saturday April 25
Czech Republic (5) vs Norway (2) - Monday Apirl 27
Czech Republic (3) vs Finland (4) - Wednesday April 29


Qualifying Round
Czech Republic (1) vs Canada (5) - Thursday April 30
Czech Republic (8)  vs Slovakia (0) - Saturday May 2
Czech Republic (3) vs Belarus (0) - Sunday May 3


Rostislav Olesz - 6 GP - 1 Assist - 3 Shots - 54:27 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 (2) vs Austria (0) - Wednesday April 29


Latvia (2) vs Switzerland (1) (SO) - Thursday April 30
Latvia (7)  vs France (1) - Saturday May 2
Latvia (1)  vs Russia (6) - Sunday May 3


Karlis Skrastins (C) - 6 GP - 1 Goal - 1 Assist - 7 Shots - 100:35 Total Ice Time - +2 +/- Rating
Janis Sprukts - 6 GP - 1 Assist - 5 Shots - 89:39 Total Ice Time - +2 +/- 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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