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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

SCHEDULE

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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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