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United States Shut Out Germany 4-0

Thursday, 12.30.2010 / 10:28 PM / World Juniors
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United States Shut Out Germany 4-0
United States/Germany Highlights
By Glenn Odebralski for floridapanthers.com


Any win is a good win.

The outcome could have been a lot worse, especially with the United States owning the ice and recording 3.5 times the amount of shots as Germany, but a 4-0 victory over the Germans puts the Americans one win away from an automatic birth in the semifinals. The United States would pot two goals in each of their first two periods on the way to the shutout.

"We played pretty well," said center Drew Shore who finished with three shots and was a plus-one. "They were a pretty tough team in the sense that they're very good defensively and they work hard as a group so I was pretty happy with the win."

"We started off well again. We're starting to play a lot more as a team," said center Nick Bjugstad who finished with an assist on two shots and was a plus-one. "We're coming together here and I think game by game we're getting a lot better."

Nick Bjugstad following the United States 4-0 victory
Getting the start in net for Germany, Niklas Treutle was tested early and often but came up with some big stops to keep the powerful offensive at bay most of the night despite seeing 48 shots in the affair.

"He played really well. He kept them in the game," said Shore of Treutle. "I know I had a lot of chances and he played really well."

The United States tandem of Jack Campbell (14 saves in 50:27) and Andy Iles (0 saves in 9:33) had a much quieter night on their end in sharing the shutout.

"It's always tough when the other team doesn't give too much action," said Campbell. "It's just a credit to my teammates and how well they played in front of me tonight.

"It means more to share it (the shutout) with Andy. He deserves a shutout and I'm confident that if he was in there tonight, he'd be getting a full shutout too. It's a complete team effort."

Shore had the first great chance of the game, just 1:30 but Niklas Treutle just got enough of his backhanded shot off the rebound originally shot by Chris Brown.

Drew Shore following the United States 4-0 victory.
The Americans had chance to get their first of the night five minutes in as Charlie Coyle fed the pass to Ryan Bourque off a rush. The Ranger prospect rung it off the left post however.

Working on their first power play of the night, the Americans got a good chance 7:09 in but Chris Kreider's shot from in front of the net was stopped by Treutle. Later, Shore let one rip that hit the goalie and went just wide of the net as Bjugstad and Brian Dumoulin looked to put in the rebound from in close.

Germany's best chance of the first came at the 11:35 mark when Mirko Hofflin and Laurin Braun worked their way into the US zone on a two-on-one break. US captain John Ramage however slid and got enough of the attempted pass and Hofflin's shot went wide of the cage.

Team USA finally found the back of the net with 7:23 to play in the first. Coyle worked his way out from the side wall and after fending off a defender put the puck off the post and just over goalie's glove.

They would add to it 48 seconds later. Emerson Etem caused a turnover along the wall with pressure and a hit and Jerry D'Amigo picked up the puck and snapped it by Treutle.

After one period of play it was 2-0 with the Americans outshooting Germany 23-2.

Jack Campbell following the United States 4-0 victory.
"I think one thing we do well as a team is we have a lot of speed so the first five (minutes) we're trying to get in and wear teams down," said Shore. "I think over time that it kind of wears on them throughout the game but the first five is probably the most important."

Looking for a wraparound attempt 3:52 into the second, Etem would send the puck through the crease and just out of the reach of Bjugstad who was set up for the tap in.

Using his big body to fend off a defender and dig the puck off the wall, Bjugstad threw the puck back to John Merrill and then made his way to the middle of the ice to set what was a triple screen and Merrill fired it top shelf for the goal 7:54 in.

"I was just battling in the corner and I came out with it and saw Johnny Merrill at the point and he was wide open so I just hit him with the pass and it went in," said Bjugstad. "It was a good shot by Johnny."

Then Kreider recorded the USA's second power play of the night, scoring from the slot 13:10 in.

Germany had another good chance with 12:12 left to play in the game but playing in front of the net, Shore knocked the puck out of harms way.

The United States will play Switzerland tomorrow in the night cap of three games at HSBC Arena.

"They're a good fast team," said Bjugstad."It will be another good game. Hopefully we can come out as hard as we did tonight."

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 62 41 16 5 171 135 87
2 NYI 64 41 21 2 205 179 84
3 NYR 61 38 17 6 192 152 82
4 TBL 64 38 20 6 210 171 82
5 DET 61 35 15 11 180 159 81
6 PIT 62 36 17 9 181 155 81
7 WSH 64 34 20 10 188 159 78
8 BOS 62 31 22 9 165 161 71
9 FLA 63 28 22 13 154 178 69
10 PHI 63 27 25 11 168 183 65
11 OTT 60 27 23 10 171 163 64
12 NJD 63 26 27 10 141 164 62
13 CBJ 62 26 32 4 160 196 56
14 CAR 61 24 30 7 142 162 55
15 TOR 63 25 33 5 170 193 55
16 BUF 63 19 39 5 123 212 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
N. Bjugstad 63 22 16 -8 38
J. Huberdeau 60 9 27 4 36
J. Jokinen 62 6 28 0 34
A. Ekblad 63 10 23 8 33
B. Boyes 61 11 21 9 32
J. Jagr 59 12 19 -9 31
J. Hayes 54 17 10 -5 27
B. Campbell 63 3 20 3 23
A. Barkov 52 10 12 -4 22
T. Fleischmann 52 7 14 12 21
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 23 16 11 .920 2.40
A. Montoya 5 6 2 .891 2.98
 
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