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Germans Stun Russia In Championship Opener

Germans beat powerhouse Russians for first time in 33 tries

Friday, 04.29.2011 / 3:38 PM / World Championship
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Germans Stun Russia In Championship Opener
Courtesy IIHF.com

BRATISLAVA – Germany shocked Russia to open the 2011 tournament, edging the perennial World Championship finalists 2-0. It was the first German victory over Russia in Worlds history. Thomas Greilinger scored the winning goal early in the second period.



After Russia twice beat Germany by just one goal at last year’s IIHF World Championship, many expected another tight affair to open this year’s tournament. But virtually no one foresaw the Germans coming out on top. It proves that anything can happen in modern international hockey.


"This gives us a lot of confidence for the tournament," said Germany's Andre Rankel. "We made history, but we have to focus on the other games now."


In a rematch of last year’s semi-final, a 2-1 win for Russia, the blue-collar Germans held superstar attackers like Ilya Kovalchuk, Alexander Radulov, and Alexei Morozov off the scoresheet.


"Our players executed the game plan perfectly, and we had good goaltending," said German head coach Uwe Krupp. "It was a day when just about everything worked in our favour."

Panthers defenseman Dmitry Kulikov finished the game a minus-1 on 19 shifts and 11:49 of ice time.

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 TBL 48 30 14 4 156 127 64
2 NYI 46 31 14 1 151 129 63
3 DET 47 27 11 9 139 119 63
4 MTL 45 29 13 3 123 106 61
5 PIT 46 26 12 8 138 117 60
6 NYR 44 27 13 4 134 106 58
7 WSH 46 24 13 9 137 120 57
8 BOS 48 25 16 7 126 121 57
9 FLA 44 20 14 10 107 122 50
10 OTT 46 19 18 9 126 128 47
11 TOR 48 22 23 3 142 150 47
12 PHI 48 19 22 7 130 146 45
13 CBJ 45 20 22 3 113 142 43
14 NJD 47 17 22 8 107 134 42
15 CAR 46 16 25 5 98 120 37
16 BUF 47 14 30 3 89 167 31

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
N. Bjugstad 44 15 12 1 27
J. Huberdeau 41 8 17 1 25
A. Ekblad 44 6 19 7 25
J. Jokinen 43 4 20 0 24
J. Hayes 36 13 7 1 20
B. Boyes 42 9 11 1 20
S. Bergenheim 33 7 9 4 16
T. Fleischmann 38 5 8 9 13
V. Trocheck 28 4 9 6 13
D. Kulikov 39 1 12 -2 13
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 17 10 8 .923 2.32
A. Montoya 3 4 2 .887 3.09
 
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