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United States Lose Heartbreaker To Russia

Friday, 05.08.2009 / 5:21 PM / World Championship
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United States Lose Heartbreaker To Russia

By Glenn Odebralski for floridapanthers.com

Russia 3 – United States 2 ::: There highest finish in five years already in the bag, the United States attempted to make the finals of the World Championships for just the third time ever.

Russia on the other hand was looking to make their second straight final.

Thanks to a power play goal with 1:47 remaining in regulation, the Russians will be playing for their second straight World Championship title with a 3-2 victory in Berne.

The United States on the other hand fall to 2-6 in World Championship semifinals. They will play Sweden for bronze Sunday as Canada beat the Swedes Friday night 3-1.

Sunday's bronze medal game will be broadcast live at 10am on universalsports.com

It was a slow, drawn out first period as there wasn’t a whole lot of action in the stats count. When it was all said and done, Russia owned a 7-6 advantage in the shot department and the United States Kyle Okposo (NY Islanders) was whistled for the only penalty (slashing), with 1:43 left in the first.

The United States would jump on the board first, 3:46 into the second. Los Angeles’ Dustin Brown took the puck off Russian defenseman’s Vitali Atyushov stick in the US offensive zone, walked in on Ilya Bryzgalov (Phoenix) and beat the netminder five-hole for his fourth of the tournament.

It would take about eight minutes for Russia to get another shot on goal after Brown’s goal, but the very next shot knotted the score.

With a draw in the US zone, Sergei Zinoviev won the draw and sent the puck to Ilya Kovalchuk just to the left of him. The Thrashers sniper took a quick shot on Robert Esche and beat the US goalie 11:20 into the second.

The Russians were rejuvenated by the goal. They got several good chances on Esche right after, putting the pressure on the Americans.

That pressure resulted in their second goal, just 3:05 later. Kovalchuk pressured David Backes into a turnover in the Russian zone and then flew up the left side of the ice. Getting into the US zone, he worked his way right, across ice and fired a shot that hit Alexander Frolov in front of the net and into the left corner of the net. Advantage Russia: 2-1.

A penalty and some pretty passing got the United States even with just over two minutes to play in the period. Alexei Tereschenko was sent to the box for diving with 4:05 left in the period. Working on the man advantage, John Michael Liles (Colorado) sent a cros-ice feed to fellow defenseman Ron Hainsey (Atlanta). There, Hainsey sent another cross-ice feed to Okposo where the Islanders rookie one-timed it from the right slot into the open net.

Russia thought they had their second lead of the night about four minutes into the third. With Okposo in the box for slashing, Kovalchuk sent a blast from the point. The puck looked like it went in, causing Kovalchuk to raise his arms in celebration, but in fact it glanced off the right side of the net.

Deadlocked at two and both teams looking for the winner, Russia and the United States had their opporunities. The Russians tinged one off the pipe with a point shot on a power play attempt with 6:40 left. The United States had their opportunities, getting two, three chances on a power play of their own late in the game.

Unfortunately it would be the power play that gave Russia the victory. Putting pressure in the US zone, Saint Louis forward TJ Oshie was called for hooking, trying to prevent an opportunity with 3:29 left. After several close calls on earlier attempts, Russia cashed in, sending them to the finals. Alexander Radulov’s shot from the right face-off circle hit K Gorovikov in front of the net and past Esche with 1:47 left.

The United States would pull Esche with 1:19 for the extra attacker and despite several close chances on Bryzgalov, they came up empty.

Keith Ballard finished with 13:32 of ice time.




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 (3) vs Switzerland (4) - Monday May 4

Quarterfinals
United States (3) vs Finland (2) - Wednesday May 6


Semifinals
United States (2) vs Russia (3) - Friday May 8


Bronze Medal Game
United States vs Sweden - Sunday May 10


Keith Ballard - 7 GP - 1 Goal - 2 Assist - 12 Shots - 112:25 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


Quarterfinals
Czech Republic (1) vs Sweden (3) - Thursday May 7


Rostislav Olesz - 7 GP - 1 Assist - 6 Shots - 64:44 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


Qualifying Round
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


Quarterfinals
Latvia (2) vs Canada (4) - Thursday May 7


Karlis Skrastins (C) - 6 GP - 1 Goal - 1 Assist - 11 Shots - 140:17 Total Ice Time - +2 +/- Rating
Janis Sprukts - 6 GP - 1 Assist - 7 Shots - 127:10 Total Ice Time - 0 +/- Rating

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 61 40 16 5 167 135 85
2 NYR 60 38 16 6 190 148 82
3 NYI 62 40 20 2 200 173 82
4 TBL 62 37 19 6 203 167 80
5 DET 60 34 15 11 176 156 79
6 PIT 61 35 17 9 176 152 79
7 WSH 62 33 19 10 184 156 76
8 BOS 60 29 22 9 158 158 67
9 FLA 61 26 22 13 145 172 65
10 PHI 62 26 25 11 164 181 63
11 OTT 59 26 23 10 167 161 62
12 NJD 61 25 27 9 137 161 59
13 CBJ 60 26 30 4 157 189 56
14 TOR 61 25 31 5 170 185 55
15 CAR 59 22 30 7 134 159 51
16 BUF 62 19 38 5 120 207 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
N. Bjugstad 61 21 15 -9 36
J. Huberdeau 58 9 24 4 33
A. Ekblad 61 9 23 6 32
J. Jokinen 60 6 25 -3 31
B. Boyes 59 10 18 6 28
J. Hayes 52 17 10 -5 27
A. Barkov 50 9 12 -4 21
T. Fleischmann 52 7 14 12 21
B. Campbell 61 3 17 1 20
D. Bolland 37 3 13 2 16
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 22 16 11 .921 2.38
A. Montoya 4 6 2 .893 2.98
 
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