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Comebacks Aplenty At Day 4 Of Worlds

Monday, 05.6.2013 / 5:17 PM ET / World Championship
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Comebacks Aplenty At Day 4 Of Worlds

A couple of comebacks while Switzerland continues to impress as the World Championship tournament hit Day 4 in Helsinki and Stockholm.

SLOVAKIA 3 - GERMANY 2

HELSINKI, Finland - Twice Germany held a lead and twice Slovakia answered. In the end however it was Slovakia who was one-goal better as they earned a 3-2 victory Monday.

The Germans jumped on the board 4:01 into the contest as Michael Wolf beat Rastislav Stana with a shot. That lead held for almost half of the game as Mario Bliznak scored with 6:30 left in the second period to send the game to the third tied at one.

Marcus Kink recaptured the lead for Germany 3:01 into the third but Tomas Zaborsky struck for two seven minutes apart to steal away the victory. His first knotted the game at two 2:40 after Kink's goal. His second came with 7:14 to play and Stana made it stand as the game-winner as he turned aside 30 shots in the victory. Rob Zepp was strong in defeat in also registering 30 saves.

Panthers forward Tomas Kopecky failed to find the scoresheet but was instrumental in setting up Zaborsky's game-winner while finishing with a shot and plus-1 on 17:42 of ice time. Marcel Goc finished with 18:02 of ice time and was a minus-1 on the game. Slovakia has two days off and will next play Latvia on Thursday while Germany will take on Austria on Wednesday.

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SWITZERLAND 5 - CZECH REPUBLIC 2

STOCKHOLM, Sweden - The Swiss are certainly being the team to reckoned with at the World Championships. After downing annual powerhouses Sweden and Canada (shootout), Switzerland took down the Czech Republic 5-2 thanks to a huge third period on Monday to improve to 3-0 in Group play.

Getting a late power play in the first, Switzerland capitalized when Andres Ambuhl scored with 2:04 left in the period. They would double their lead 6:36 into the second when Nino Niederreiter netted his third goal of the tournament.

The Czechs would make it a tied game heading into the third however as Calgary's Jiri Hudler struck twice before time ran out. His first came on the man advantage with 6:58 to play and then knotted it with 48 seconds left, beating Reto Berra with his third of the tournament.

Hudler was the only one to find success against Berra as the Swiss netminder stopped 37 of the 39 shots he saw. Switzerland, on the other hand had a lot more success against former Panther netminder Alexander Salak, especially in the third. Simon Moser recorded the game-winner 5:47 into the third and Simon Bodenmann added an insurance goal to make it a two-goal game with 6:38 to play. With Salak pulled for an extra skater, Reto Suri scored with 39 seconds remaining.

Czech Republic and Panthers forward Tomas Fleischmann had two shots and was a minus-2 while playing 11:37.

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SWEDEN 2 - BELARUS 1

STOCKHOLM, Sweden - It was a close one and Belarus certainly made Sweden sweat but in the end the Swedes were one better as they came out on top of a 2-1 affair.

Belarus came out flying and recorded 12 of their 21 shots on net in the opening period. They took a 1-0 lead into the first intermission when Konstantin Koltsov beat Jhonas Enroth with 2:26 to play in the stanza.

Sweden however would get on the board 5:40 into the second when Oscar Lindberg scored. And there the game stood deadlocked into the final 20 minutes.

With 8:24 to play, Sweden struck as Fredrik Pettersson's laser shot beat Dmitri Milchakov for the game-winner.

Panthers netminder Jacob Markstrom served as Sweden's backup to Enroth for the second straight game. Sweden is back in action on Wednesday when they take on Norway who defeated Denmark 3-2 in their last game (Sunday).

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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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