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World Juniors

Quick Strike Americans Race Past Germans

United States scores early, often to pick up win in first game of World Juniors.

Thursday, 12.27.2012 / 2:00 PM ET / World Juniors
By Glenn Odebralski  - FloridaPanthers.com
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Quick Strike Americans Race Past Germans
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Day 2 of the World Juniors saw the largest contingent of Panthers prospects and prospects with Panthers ties on hand as the United States took on Germany to open up their World Junior Championship journey.

And if you turned on the game just a couple minutes late, you would have already missed the game-winning goal as the United States scored 19 seconds in, on their way to a 8-0 whitewashing of Germany in Ufa, Russia.

It was a balanced attack as eight different skaters recorded goals in the shutout victory but it was San Jose Sharks prospect Sean Kuraly getting the offense going as he raced in and slipped a backhand shot five-hole past Marvin Cupper.

The United States would score twice more in the opening period off goals from Winnipeg prospect Jacob Trouba and Montreal top pick Alex Galchenyuk.

In the second period, it was more of the same as they connected for three more goals, including another quick goal. 14 seconds into the frame, Washington's Riley Barber scored off the feed from Galchenyuk. Then it was a Florida connection getting the United States fifth goal. Margate, FL native and former JR Panther Shayne Gostisbehere unloaded on a bomb that went top shelf for the first power play goal of the game. The Flyers prospect was helped set up by Panthers prospect Rocco Grimaldi on the play. The US would add a sixth goal before the game was at it's halfway point as Ryan Hartman scored.

With the game in hand, the Americans pulled starting netminder John Gibson (19 saves) to get Jon Gillies some time between the pipes (seven saves) and added goals from Rangers prospect JT Miller and 2013 potential top pick Seth Jones.

Grimaldi finished with the assist on two shots while fellow Panthers prospect Vincent Trocheck was held off the score sheet despite posting three shots on net. Both players had good games as they made plays all over the ice. Trocheck did pick up a tripping penalty in the third period. Gostisbehere finished with the goal on two shots and was a plus-1. Connor Murphy, Panthers assistant coach Gord Murphy's son, played a key shutdown role along the blueline. The Coyotes prospect finished a plus-2 on the day.

From IIHF.com

UNITED STATES 8 - GERMANY 0

The top American line came out on fire. Alex Galchenyuk and Riley Barber notched a goal and two assists apiece, while Sean Kuraly added a goal and an assist.

Jacob Trouba, Shayne Gostisbehere, Ryan Hartman, J.T. Miller,and Seth Jones also scored for the Americans.

"We came out strong in the first, second, and third, so I thought that was good for our team," said Trouba.

Though held off the scoresheet, the second line featuring slick wingers John Gaudreau and Rocco Grimaldi also dazzled with their stickhandling displays. The score could have been even higher in the USA’s favour.

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 252 192 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 221 189 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 262 211 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 242 203 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 252 230 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 235 221 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 238 215 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 221 210 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 213 211 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 206 223 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 236 250 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 215 234 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 181 216 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 188 226 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 211 262 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 161 274 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Huberdeau 79 15 39 10 54
J. Jokinen 81 8 36 -2 44
N. Bjugstad 72 24 19 -7 43
A. Ekblad 81 12 27 12 39
B. Boyes 78 14 24 11 38
A. Barkov 71 16 20 -4 36
J. Hayes 72 19 16 -4 35
B. Campbell 82 3 24 4 27
B. Pirri 49 22 2 6 24
D. Bolland 53 6 17 4 23
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 28 19 12 .921 2.35
A. Montoya 6 7 2 .892 3.01
 
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