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Slovaks Upset United States At Worlds

Monday, 05.7.2012 / 5:18 PM ET / World Championship
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Slovaks Upset United States At Worlds

Slovakia 4, United States 2

Andrej Sekera scored the eventual game-winner in the closing seconds of the first period and Miroslav Satan sealed the biggest upset yet of the 2012 IIHF World Championship with an empty-netter in the final minute, as Slovakia defeated the United States 4-2 Monday at Hartwall Arena in Helsinki.

It is the first loss of the tournament for the U.S., which was coming off its big overtime win against Canada on Saturday, while the win is the first of the tournament for Slovakia.

The Slovaks jumped out to a surprising 2-0 lead early in the first period, as Dominik Granak beat American goalie Jimmy Howard just 47 seconds into the game and Branko Radivojevic doubled the lead 4:17 later. Panthers forward Tomas Kopecky registered his first point of the tournament, setting up the Slovaks second goal of the game.

The U.S. got on the board when Justin Faulk scored at 15:41 of the first, but Sekera's eventual game-winner took much of the wind out of the U.S. sails, as he put Slovakia up 3-1 with just six seconds to go before the first intermission.

The U.S. pulled within one goal late in the second, taking advantage of a two-man advantage when Paul Stastny scored to make the game 3-2, but that was as close as the Americans would get. Slovakia's Jan Laco stymied them the rest of the way, making 18 saves as the U.S. was badly outshot by a 32-20 margin and significantly hindered by a double minor for high sticking assessed to Cam Atkinson in the third period.

Kopecky finished with the assist and a shot while earning a plus-1 on 15:38 of ice time.

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

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 53 40 9 4 175 120 84
2 FLA 54 32 16 6 150 122 70
3 NYR 54 31 18 5 153 135 67
4 NYI 53 29 18 6 150 131 64
5 DET 54 28 18 8 136 132 64
6 BOS 54 29 19 6 159 148 64
7 TBL 53 29 20 4 140 127 62
8 PIT 53 27 19 7 138 135 61
9 NJD 55 27 21 7 122 123 61
10 MTL 55 27 24 4 147 145 58
11 PHI 53 24 20 9 127 138 57
12 CAR 54 24 21 9 130 142 57
13 OTT 56 25 25 6 157 173 56
14 CBJ 56 22 28 6 140 173 50
15 BUF 55 21 28 6 125 151 48
16 TOR 53 19 25 9 122 149 47

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2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Jagr 51 17 21 14 38
J. Jokinen 54 11 27 12 38
J. Huberdeau 54 10 28 12 38
V. Trocheck 54 17 18 3 35
A. Barkov 43 16 19 13 35
R. Smith 54 18 16 12 34
B. Pirri 50 11 13 -4 24
A. Ekblad 50 10 13 20 23
B. Campbell 54 5 17 20 22
N. Bjugstad 39 9 10 -1 19
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 24 13 5 .928 2.17
A. Montoya 8 3 1 .929 2.01

 
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