World Juniors

Tournament Opening Wins For Three

Canada, Sweden & Russia all earn world junior victories in Ufa, Russia to kick off gold bids.

Wednesday, 12.26.2012 / 12:30 PM ET / World Juniors
By Glenn Odebralski  - FloridaPanthers.com
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Tournament Opening Wins For Three
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The first day at the World Juniors came to an end in Ufa, Russia and all three prospects saw their teams win their tournament openers. All in all, Canada, Russia and Sweden combined to defeat their opponents by a 16-6 margin.

Both Canada and Sweden had an easy goes at it as the Canadians opened up their tournament with a 9-3 victory over Germany while the Swedes earned a 4-1 win against the Czech Republic. Russia on the other hand, had to work extra for a 3-2 victory over Slovakia. The game-winner came with just 10 seconds remaining in overtime, giving them two points as opposed to the three points earned for Canada and Sweden.

Jonathan Huberdeau had the best day of the three Panthers prospects playing after recording what turned out to be the game-winner and adding two assists, Canada's second and seventh goals, on three shots. For Sweden, Rasmus Bengtsson finished with two shots on net from his blueline position. In Russia's game, Yaroslav Kosov skated on the fourth line and failed to register a shot on net.

From IIHF.com

CANADA 9 - GERMANY 3

Canada managed to win its first game of the 2013 U20 by defeating Germany 9-3 this afternoon at Ufa Arena. Captain Ryan Nugent-Hopkins led the attack with a goal and four assists.

Eight players scored for Canada while Nugent-Hopkins's linemates Mark Scheifele (two goals) and Jonathan Huberdeau (one goal, two assists) brought the top troika's production to ten points on the night.

"We had to work as hard as they did, and I think we did that," Nugent-Hopkins began. "And we have to work on our habits. It takes a couple of games to get the chemistry, but I thought tonight we were working well together. We seemed to know where we were.

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SWEDEN 4 - CZECH REPUBLIC 1

Looking energetic and determined, Sweden kicked off its World Junior title defence with a hard-working 4-1 win over the Czech Republic at Ufa’s Sports Palace.

Sebastian Collberg, Elias Lindholm, Filip Sandberg, and Filip Forsberg scored for Sweden.

"I liked the way we competed," said Swedish coach Roger Ronnberg. "I liked our PK, the way we were blocking shots, and the way we played without the puck, how we came back on the backcheck. It was good. Offensively, we can for sure still play better."

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RUSSIA 3 - SLOVAKIA 2 (OT)

Albert Yarullin's power-play goal with 10.0 seconds left in overtime gave Russia an entertaining 3-2 win over Slovakia in what was the opening game of the 2013 U20 for both teams.

Albert Yarullin's power-play goal with 10.0 seconds left in overtime gave Russia an entertaining 3-2 win over Slovakia in what was the opening game of the 2013 U20 for both teams.

The goal came on a hard slapshot and dampened Slovakia's impressive comeback from 2-0 down, tying the game in the final minute. The result also spoiled a sensational effort from goalie Adam Nagy, who held the fort while the Slovaks slowly gained confidence.

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SCHEDULE

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
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
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
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

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Jagr 79 27 39 23 66
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
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 35 19 6 .922 2.35
A. Montoya 12 7 3 .919 2.18

 
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