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World Championship Opens Up In Sweden, Finland

Mixed results on day one of tournament for Panthers players.

Friday, 05.03.2013 / 4:00 PM / World Championship
By Glenn Odebralski  - FloridaPanthers.com
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World Championship Opens Up In Sweden, Finland

The IIHF World Championship play kicked off on Friday in Sweden and Finland and four Panthers players were involved in the action. It was a mixed bag of results as Slovakia (Tomas Kopecky) and the Czech Republic (Tomas Fleischmann) were on the winning end while Germany (Marcel Goc) and Sweden (Jacob Markstrom) were on the wrong end of close affairs.

The United States along with Nick Bjugstad (vs Austria) and Canada with Brian Campbell (vs Denmark) begin their IIHF World Championship play on Saturday in Helsinki and Stockholm respectively.

Slovakia 6 - France 2

Slovakia scored once in the first and twice in the second on their way to a 6-2 victory over France.

Slovakia actually scored the game's first five goals before France potted two to ruin Rastislav Stana's shutout bid. Skating on Slovakia's top line and donning an A, Kopecky picked up an assist on Slovakia's fourth goal, setting up Branko Radivojevic with Slovakia on the power play and 3:50 gone in the third period. He finished with 14:43 of ice time.

IIHF.com STORY

Finland 4 - Germany 3 (OT)

Goc had a big game for his team as Germany almost pulled an upset, holding a late lead but were only able to pick up a point in a 4-3 overtime loss to Finland.

Goc set up all three of Germany's goals, including one that gave Germany a 3-2 lead with 3:05 to play but Finland answered with 1:29 left on the clock to force overtime where VM Savinainen scored 1:58 into the extra session. Germany's assistant captain also had assists 10:21 into the second to tie the game at one and a power play helper to tie the game at two 2:34 into the third.

IIHF.COM STORY

Czech Republic 2 - Belarus 0

It was a defensive struggle between the Czech Republic and Belarus as both former Panther Alexander Salak (Czech Republic, 21 saves) and Vitali Belinski (Belarus, 34 saves) were up for the challenge but in the end it was the favored Czechs skating away with the 2-0 victory.

Flyers forward Jakub Voracek scored a power play goal 11:03 into the first and that would all Salak would need but Coyotes forward Radim Vrbata added another power play goal in the third for the final tally. Fleischmann failed to find the score sheet while picking up two shots on 16:03 of ice time while skating on the top line with Vrbata and Martin Hanzal.

IIHF.COM STORY

Switzerland 3 - Sweden 2

Markstrom got the nod to start for Sweden and was strong in allowing just two goals on 23 shots but Switzerland Martin Gerber was just a little bit better in stopping 29 shots on the way to a 3-2 upset victory.

The Swiss jumped out to a 2-0 advantage as Matthias Bieber and Nino Niederreiter scored less than six minutes apart early in the second. The gold and blue answered with a power play goal from Johan Fransson with 1:50 left in the period. Switzerland added an empty net goal with 33 seconds remaining while Simon Hjalmarsson brought Sweden to within one with 22 seconds left on the clock.

IIHF.COM STORY

SCHEDULE

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 60 39 16 5 162 133 83
2 NYI 62 40 20 2 200 173 82
3 NYR 59 37 16 6 186 145 80
4 TBL 62 37 19 6 203 167 80
5 PIT 61 35 17 9 176 152 79
6 DET 59 33 15 11 173 154 77
7 WSH 62 33 19 10 184 156 76
8 BOS 60 29 22 9 158 158 67
9 FLA 60 26 21 13 145 169 65
10 PHI 61 26 24 11 162 178 63
11 OTT 58 25 23 10 166 161 60
12 NJD 61 25 27 9 137 161 59
13 CBJ 59 26 29 4 155 184 56
14 TOR 60 24 31 5 167 183 53
15 CAR 59 22 30 7 134 159 51
16 BUF 61 18 38 5 114 204 41

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
N. Bjugstad 60 21 15 -7 36
J. Huberdeau 57 9 24 5 33
A. Ekblad 60 9 23 6 32
J. Jokinen 59 6 25 -3 31
B. Boyes 58 10 18 6 28
J. Hayes 51 17 10 -3 27
A. Barkov 49 9 12 -3 21
T. Fleischmann 51 7 14 12 21
B. Campbell 60 3 17 2 20
S. Bergenheim 39 8 10 2 18
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 22 15 11 .921 2.39
A. Montoya 4 6 2 .893 2.98
 
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