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Americans Finish Fourth At Worlds

Sunday, 05.10.2009 / 12:50 PM / World Championship
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Americans Finish Fourth At Worlds


By Glenn Odebralski for floridapanthers.com

Sweden 4 – United States 2 ::: A battle nobody wanted. Playing on Sunday, in the early game at the World Championships.

Both the United States were close in making the gold medal games, both losing tough games to Russia and Canada respectively in the semis. But there was pride and a bronze medal on the line.

And the same thing that got the United States in trouble against Russia, reared it’s ugly head Sunday in Berne: penalties. Sweden would score four power play goals on their way to a 4-2 victory over the United States.

The bronze medal was Sweden’s first medal since 2006. The United States medal droubt has now reached five years, their last being a bronze medal in 2004.

Just like many of the other playoff games, both teams went scoreless in the opening period of play, despite numerous opportunities early on in the first.

Toronto’s Jason Blake almost single-handily gave the Americans a 1-0 lead, weaving in and out of Swedish defenders before being stopped by netminder Stefan Liv. Los Angeles’ Dustin Brown also had a great chance later on. Sweden on the other side had their chance as Johan Harju had a nice close-in shot but was thwarted by Robert Esche.

The United States would finish the period with a 16-9 shot advantage.

Jack Johnson (Los Angeles) took a return feed from John Michael Liles (Colorado) and let go a blast from the point 5:14 into the second while on the power play, giving the US a 1-0 lead.

Sweden would tie the score however with a power play goal of their own. Stationed in the slot, Loui Eriksson would take a pass from Tony Martensson from behind the net and beat Esche 27 seconds into a Drew Stafford (Buffalo) elbowing penalty, 13:24 into the second. The Swedes would take a 2-1 lead into the third, this time off a 5-on-3 man advantage goal. Matt Niskanen (Dallas) was sent to the box at the 14:55 mark for hooking. Then 50 seconds later, Ron Hainsey (Atlanta) was sitting for delay of game. Some luck would give the Swedes their first lead of the game. Martensson’s attempted pass would end up going in off of Johnson’s stick with 58 seconds remaining in the two-man advantage and with 4:03 left in the period.

The Americans would tie the score at two with a great individual effort by Joe Pavelski. The San Jose forward skated around Carl Gunnarsson to the outside and took a snap shot just outside the left face-off circle. The puck beat Liv to the top right corner of the net 2:15 in.

Knotted at two, both teams had their chances. But the Swedes would get the game-winner with 11 minutes remaining in regulation.

Gunnarsson, who was victimized on the last goal, would get the last laugh and the game-winner nine minutes into the third with a blast from the point as David Backes (St. Louis) was sitting in the box for tripping.

Only down one, and time running out on a chance to tie, the US would pull Esche for an extra attacker several times in the last minute of play. But it was all for not due to bad penalties in the Sweden zone. Nashville’s Ryan Suter was sent to the box for cross-checking with 46 seconds left to play. Then Brown was sent to the box, also for cross-checking, with 28 ticks on the clock. Finding himself on a breakaway after getting the puck out of the Swedish zone, New Jersey’s Johnny Oduya salted away the victory with another power play goal with one second left on the clock.

Keith Ballard finished the game a plus-one with three shots on net and 14:56 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 (2) vs Sweden (4) - Sunday May 10


Keith Ballard - 8 GP - 1 Goal - 2 Assist - 15 Shots - 127:21 Total Ice Time - +3 +/- 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

SCHEDULE

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AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 TBL 50 31 15 4 163 132 66
2 MTL 47 31 13 3 127 108 65
3 NYI 48 32 15 1 157 135 65
4 DET 49 28 12 9 145 128 65
5 PIT 48 27 13 8 143 124 62
6 WSH 48 25 14 9 144 124 59
7 BOS 49 26 16 7 131 123 59
8 NYR 46 27 15 4 135 111 58
9 FLA 46 21 15 10 114 129 52
10 PHI 50 21 22 7 139 151 49
11 TOR 50 22 24 4 144 155 48
12 OTT 47 19 19 9 129 134 47
13 CBJ 47 21 23 3 119 148 45
14 NJD 48 18 22 8 109 135 44
15 CAR 47 17 25 5 102 122 39
16 BUF 49 14 32 3 92 174 31

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
N. Bjugstad 46 16 13 -1 29
A. Ekblad 46 7 21 6 28
J. Huberdeau 43 9 17 1 26
J. Jokinen 45 4 21 -3 25
B. Boyes 44 10 12 2 22
J. Hayes 38 13 7 1 20
S. Bergenheim 35 8 9 2 17
A. Barkov 35 5 10 -5 15
B. Campbell 46 3 11 -1 14
D. Kulikov 41 1 13 -3 14
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 18 11 8 .920 2.42
A. Montoya 3 4 2 .891 2.96
 
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