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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 / World Juniors
By Shawn P. Roarke  - NHL.com Senior Managing Editor
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Russians, Swedes Jump To Top Of Respective Groups
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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 MTL 61 40 16 5 167 135 85
2 NYI 63 41 20 2 202 174 84
3 NYR 60 38 16 6 190 148 82
4 TBL 63 38 19 6 207 167 82
5 DET 60 34 15 11 176 156 79
6 PIT 61 35 17 9 176 152 79
7 WSH 63 33 20 10 184 159 76
8 BOS 61 30 22 9 161 160 69
9 FLA 61 26 22 13 145 172 65
10 PHI 62 26 25 11 164 181 63
11 OTT 59 26 23 10 167 161 62
12 NJD 62 25 27 10 139 164 60
13 CBJ 60 26 30 4 157 189 56
14 TOR 61 25 31 5 170 185 55
15 CAR 60 23 30 7 137 159 53
16 BUF 62 19 38 5 120 207 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
N. Bjugstad 61 21 15 -9 36
J. Huberdeau 58 9 24 4 33
A. Ekblad 61 9 23 6 32
J. Jokinen 60 6 25 -3 31
B. Boyes 59 10 18 6 28
J. Hayes 52 17 10 -5 27
A. Barkov 50 9 12 -4 21
T. Fleischmann 52 7 14 12 21
B. Campbell 61 3 17 1 20
D. Bolland 37 3 13 2 16
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 22 16 11 .921 2.38
A. Montoya 4 6 2 .893 2.98
 
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