World Juniors

Russians, Swedes Jump To Top Of Respective Groups

Panthers prospect Yaroslav Kosov's hat trick helps Russia to top of Group B, Sweden rolls past Latvia in Group A.

Saturday, 12.29.2012 / 3:25 PM ET / World Juniors
By Shawn P. Roarke  - NHL.com Senior Managing Editor
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Yaroslav Kosov netted a hat trick in the third period and four other Russian players had two points as the Russians routed Germany, 7-0.

The Russians have eight out of a possible nine points to temporarily hold first place in Group B. Russia frittered away perfection in the opening game of the tournament, defeating Slovakia in OT to take just two of the maximum three points.

Canada, with six points from two games, plays the United States on Sunday and can re-take first-place with a regulation win against the Americans. The Russians have Sunday off and then play Canada in what could be the deciding game of the group on Monday.

On Saturday, the hosts dominated the Germans (0-3) from the start. Germany plays Slovakia on Sunday and must win in order to have any hope of avoiding the relegation round.

Russian goalie Andrei Vasilevski stopped all 41 shots he faced.

"I think we have more skill on our team, which is why we were able to score seven goals and didn't allow any," Danil Zharkov told IIHF.com. "Now we have a day off to prepare for our next game. It's, of course, going to be a very physical game, and both teams have good goaltenders. I'm really looking forward to it."

The Russians scored three goals in the first period to put the game out of reach early.

Nikita Kucherov scored the opening goal just 78 seconds into the game on a pretty saucer pass from Mikhail Grigorenko. Captain Nail Yakupov and Zharkov scored the other first-period goals

Albert Yarullin made it 4-0 on the power play before Kosov took over the game.

Sweden 5, Latvia 1

Defending champion Sweden remained unbeaten with a 5-1 victory against Latvia Saturday.

With the win, Sweden remains atop Group A with 8 points. Latvia, meanwhile, has yet to win at the tournament and will play in the relegation round.

Sebastian Collberg scored what proved to be the game-winner for Sweden and Viktor Arvidsson had two goals. Emil Molin and Alezander Wennberg each had a goal, as well. Captain Filip Forsberg had two assists for Sweden.

Teodors Blugers had the only goal for Latvia.

"I think we played really well," Swedish coach Roger Rönnberg told IIHF.com. "We did everything but scoring in the first half of the game. I think it’s a tough situation, just winning the game 2-1 at the start of the third period. But the boys handled the situation really well. They kept their focus, kept shooting."

Despite allowing five goals, Latvian goalie Ivars Punnenovs was the star of the game, making 41 saves. Swedish goalie Niklas Lundstrom finished with 20 saves.

Sweden now has a day off before facing Finland on New Year's Eve in a game that will go a long way in shaping the Group A standings. Latvia finishes with the Czechs on Sunday.

The Swedes will face traditional rival Finland on New Year’s Eve. Latvia concludes its round-robin slate against the Czech Republic on Sunday.

"It’s going to be a tough challenge for us," Rönnberg said of the game against Finland on Monday. "I think Finland has maybe the best team they’ve had in my three years as a head coach at the World Juniors. They always put together teams that are working hard, but this year they have really skilled forwards. I think we have to play our best to have a chance against them."

SCHEDULE

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AWAY
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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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