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United States Lose Heartbreaker To Russia

Friday, 05.8.2009 / 5:21 PM ET / 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 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Jagr 79 27 39 23 66
J. Jokinen 81 18 42 25 60
A. Barkov 66 28 31 18 59
J. Huberdeau 76 20 39 17 59
V. Trocheck 76 25 28 15 53
R. Smith 82 25 25 19 50
A. Ekblad 78 15 21 18 36
N. Bjugstad 67 15 19 -8 34
B. Campbell 82 6 25 31 31
B. Pirri 52 11 13 -4 24
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 35 19 6 .922 2.35
A. Montoya 12 7 3 .919 2.18

 
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