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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

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 TBL 50 31 15 4 163 132 66
2 MTL 47 31 13 3 127 108 65
3 NYI 48 32 15 1 157 135 65
4 DET 49 28 12 9 145 128 65
5 PIT 48 27 13 8 143 124 62
6 WSH 48 25 14 9 144 124 59
7 BOS 49 26 16 7 131 123 59
8 NYR 46 27 15 4 135 111 58
9 FLA 46 21 15 10 114 129 52
10 PHI 50 21 22 7 139 151 49
11 TOR 50 22 24 4 144 155 48
12 OTT 47 19 19 9 129 134 47
13 CBJ 47 21 23 3 119 148 45
14 NJD 48 18 22 8 109 135 44
15 CAR 47 17 25 5 102 122 39
16 BUF 49 14 32 3 92 174 31

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
N. Bjugstad 46 16 13 -1 29
A. Ekblad 46 7 21 6 28
J. Huberdeau 43 9 17 1 26
J. Jokinen 45 4 21 -3 25
B. Boyes 44 10 12 2 22
J. Hayes 38 13 7 0 20
S. Bergenheim 35 8 9 1 17
A. Barkov 35 5 10 -5 15
B. Campbell 46 3 11 -1 14
D. Kulikov 41 1 13 -4 14
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 18 11 8 .920 2.42
A. Montoya 3 4 2 .891 2.96
 
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