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Setbacks At Day 3 Of World Championship

Marcel Goc and Germany fell to Latvia 3-2 while Tomas Kopecky and Slovakia were shut out by Finland 1-0 on third day of World Championship.

Sunday, 05.6.2012 / 6:08 PM ET / World Championship
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Setbacks At Day 3 Of World Championship

Finland 1, Slovakia 0

Two days after opening the 2012 IIHF World Hockey Championship with a 1-0 win over Belarus, Finland is showing the same stout defense that led it to the gold medal last year.

Despite not having a single NHL player on their blue line, the tourney co-hosts earned their second straight shutout of the tournament. With head coach Jukka Jalonen deciding to rest starting keeper Kari Lehtonen, Petri Vehanen stopped all 26 shots he faced and Janne Pesonen scored the game's only goal to give the Finns an impressive start to their defense of the world title in a 1-0 win against Slovakia Sunday.

Considering most of the players from last year's championship roster returned this year to play in front of their home crowd, it shouldn't be terribly surprising that defense is again leading the way for Finland. Last year's team allowed a miniscule 14 goals in nine games with Vehanen posting a tournament-best .954 save percentage.

Both Vehanen and Slovakian goaltender Jan Laco were kept busy early in a first period that saw the teams combine for 21 shots. But Finland gradually slowed the game down in the second, before allowing Slovakia only three shots in the third.

Slovakia resumes the tournament Monday against the Americans while Finland will host Switzerland the day after.

Panthers forward Tomas Kopecky finished with two shots on goal in 16:18 of ice time.

FULL STORY (IIHF.com)
FINAL STATISTICS (IIHF.com)

Latvia 3, Germany 2

Alksejs Sirokovs' power-play goal proved to be the winner as Latvia won their first game of the tournament 3-2 over Germany.

Both teams came out flying, combining for 27 shots in the first period, with Mikelis Redlihs scoring the lone goal of the period to put Latvia up 1-0. The shot total was lighter in the second, but the game was just as exciting in the middle frame with the two teams combining for three goals in just under nine minutes. Goaltender Edgars Masalskis helped the Latvians hold on for the win, making 35 saves, including 14 in the third.

Panthers forward Marcel Goc finished with 15:57 of ice time and won 53.3% of his draws (8-of-15).

FULL STORY (IIHF.com)
FINAL STATISTICS (IIHF.com)

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
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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
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8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
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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

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2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
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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
 
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A. Montoya 12 7 3 .919 2.18

 
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