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World Championship Opens Up In Sweden, Finland

Mixed results on day one of tournament for Panthers players.

Friday, 05.3.2013 / 4:00 PM ET / 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

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 51 38 9 4 166 114 80
2 FLA 52 31 15 6 143 115 68
3 NYR 52 29 18 5 148 134 63
4 TBL 51 29 18 4 137 118 62
5 BOS 52 28 18 6 151 137 62
6 NYI 51 27 18 6 143 127 60
7 DET 52 26 18 8 130 131 60
8 PIT 51 26 18 7 132 130 59
9 NJD 53 26 20 7 119 120 59
10 CAR 54 24 21 9 130 142 57
11 MTL 54 26 24 4 143 143 56
12 PHI 51 23 19 9 121 133 55
13 OTT 53 24 23 6 148 165 54
14 BUF 53 21 26 6 120 139 48
15 TOR 51 19 23 9 117 140 47
16 CBJ 54 21 28 5 135 168 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Jagr 49 16 21 11 37
J. Huberdeau 52 10 27 10 37
A. Barkov 42 16 19 13 35
J. Jokinen 52 10 25 12 35
V. Trocheck 52 17 16 4 33
R. Smith 52 16 15 11 31
B. Pirri 48 10 13 -4 23
A. Ekblad 48 10 12 21 22
B. Campbell 52 4 16 17 20
N. Bjugstad 37 9 8 -3 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 23 13 5 .930 2.13
A. Montoya 8 2 1 .931 1.93

 
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