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Tuesday At The Worlds

Tuesday, 05.11.2010 / 4:57 PM / World Championship
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By Glenn Odebralski for floridapanthers.com

Tuesday brought another shock at the beginning of the day in Germany. And while two favorites won, one of them won barely.

In the opener in Mannheim, Norway scored first and built a 3-1 lead early in the third on their way to a 3-2 upset over the Czech Republic. Tomas Vokoun served as backup for the Czechs.

Russia scored the game's first four goals on their way to a 4-1 victory while Sweden built a 3-0 lead over France through two periods of play but had to hold on to win 3-2. Jacob Markstrom got the start and secured the victory, turning away 21 shots.

NORWAY 3 - Czech Republic 2
Another day at the worlds and another shock. This time it was Norway with a huge upset of the Czech Republic in Group C play.

The Norwegians won for very first time against the Czechs in World Championship or Olympic play (18 games and 73 years), upending them 3-2 Tuesday in Mannheim.

Outshot 46-15 and outplayed most of the game, Norway was not deterred and made the most of their chances against the Czech Republic.

Mats Zuccarello Aasen scored the game's first goal 12:09 into the first, beating Ondrej Pavelec high with a wrist shot off a feed from Patrick Thoresen. And that was it after one period of play. Norway netminder Pal Grotnes turned away all 15 Czech shots in the frame.

The offenses would get going in the second period. NHL great Jaromir Jagr scored a power play goal on a 5-on-3 attempt when he beat Grotnes at the 7:56 mark. Norway however would retake the lead when Anders Fredriksen tipped home a shot just 2:17 later.

The underdogs would build their lead to 3-1 4:23 into the third as Anders Bastiansen scored with a low shot after a great play by Mathis Olimb set him up while falling to the ice. Jagr netted his second power play goal of the game to bring the score to 3-2 with 6:51 left in the game. Norway and Grotnes then held off a flury of Czech attempts for the victory.

Tomas Vokoun served as the Czech backup in the game.

RUSSIA 4 - Kazakhstan 1
The Russian superstars continued their dominance Tuesday as they easily defeated Kazakhstan 4-1 in Cologne.

Alexander Ovechkin, Ilya Kovalchuk, Alexander Semin and Denis Grebeshkov all scored for Russia in the contest.

Ovechkin recorded his second of the tournament when he ripped a low shot past Vitali Yeremeyev 10:20 into the game as Russia was on the power play.

Then the tournament favorites doubled their lead just 42 seconds into the second. Kovalchuk found himself on a breakaway after getting set up with the pass from Semin. The Atlanta/New Jersey sniper wristed it past Yeremeyev for the goal.

Then late in the second, Semin made it 3-0 as he scored on the forehand with 2:05 left.

Grebeshkov gave them a 4-0 lead 3:22 into the third as the defenseman scored after sneaking in from his blueline position.

With the game in hand, the only goal left was getting the shutout. Unfortunately that was ruined with 2:01 left in the game as Dmitri Dudarev netted a power play goal.

Dmitry Kulikov finished with 13:29 of ice time on 20 shifts.

SWEDEN 3 - France 2
What seemed what would be a blowout after two periods, turned into a nailbiter in Mannheim.

That's because Sweden, holding a 3-0 lead after 40 minutes of play, had to stave off a late attack from France to eventually win 3-2.

It took a while for the teams to find their games. Sweden scored just once in the first, despite putting 17 shots on goal. Toronto's Carl Gunnarson got the Swedes on the board with 2:11 left in the first as his shot from the point beat E Ferhi.

While it took some time to get the first goal, it didn't take long for the second. 2:34 into the second period, Jonas Andersson would connect off a feed from Michael Nylander.

Sweden would make it 3-0 when Johan Harju scored 7:44 in, 5:10 later.

Trailing 3-0 after two periods of play, France made a valiant comeback. Yorick Treille beat Markstrom 4:34 in. Luc Tardif would get the French to within 3-2 with 5:55 left to play.

France would pull their goalie with 1:23 left in the contest but could not find the equalizer despite several opportunities.

Markstrom finished the contest with 21 saves for the victory.


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