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Russia, Canada Earn Victories On Tuesday

Tuesday, 05.7.2013 / 5:24 PM ET / World Championship
By Glenn Odebralski  - FloridaPanthers.com
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Russia, Canada Earn Victories On Tuesday

The hockey powers took to the ice on Tuesday with first place on the line and Russia came out victorious with a 5-3 victory over the United States. In the other group, Canada continued their push for a top spot in easily defeating Norway 7-1.

RUSSIA 5 - USA 3

HELSINKI, Finland - With first place in Group H on the line midway through the preliminaries, Russia scored twice in the third to pull away from a tight game and beat the United States 5-3 to vault themselves to the top of their eight team group.

Tied after each of the first two periods, the Russians struck twice in a two minute span in the final eight minutes of play to down the US. The game-winner came with 7:25 to play as Yevgeni Medvedev beat Ben Bishop with a shot. They added a power play goal by Alexander Radulov with 4:33 to play to give them the two-goal cushion.

Group H's top team struck early in the game when Anton Belov beat Bishop 5:23 into the game. Colorado's Paul Stastny answered to give the US a short-lived lead scoring at even strength at 10:58 and then a power play goal at 13:28 of the first. The reason it was short-lived? New Jersey's Ilya Kovalchuk who potted his fifth of the tournament just 36 seconds after Stastny's second of the game.

The Americans retook the lead in the second when Matt Hunwick beat netminder Ilya Bryzgalov at the 7:09 mark but Russia answered shortly after once again. This time it was Alexei Tereshenko struck 4:10 later to send the teams to the second intermission tied at two.

Forward Nick Bjugstad finished with 9:42 of ice time on 15 shifts and was a plus-1 while being on the ice for the US' third goal.

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CANADA 7 - NORWAY 1

STOCKHOLM, Sweden - The Canadians struck for four goals in the opening period and didn't look back in downing Norway 7-1 on Tuesday.

Canada scored their first goal of the game 4:45 in as Tampa Bay's Steven Stamkos set up Winnipeg's Andrew Ladd. It would be just the start for Stamkos as he collected points on four of the team's goals.

The sniper then set up a Southeast Division foe in setting up Carolina's Jeff Skinner with 6:53 to play in the first and that opened the flood gates. Colorado's Matt Duchene made it a 3-0 game with 3:03 to play and Philadelphia's Claude Giroux connected on a power play goal with 1:56 left in the opening 20 minutes.

Edmonton's Taylor Hall made it a 5-0 game with a goal 2:28 into the second before Norway's KA Olimb ended fellow Oiler Devan Dubnyk's shutout bid with 9:36 left in the second.

Stamkos picked up his fourth point of the game and second goal of the tournament with 4:32 gone in the third and Hall capped off the scoring with his second of the night with 7:25 remaining.

Canada next plays Sweden on Thursday. While he didn't factor on the score sheet, Panthers defenseman Brian Campbell finished a plus-3 along with four shots on 17:47 of ice time.

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 52 39 9 4 171 117 82
2 FLA 54 32 16 6 150 122 70
3 NYR 53 30 18 5 150 135 65
4 NYI 52 28 18 6 145 129 62
5 TBL 53 29 20 4 140 127 62
6 DET 53 27 18 8 133 131 62
7 BOS 53 28 19 6 153 146 62
8 PIT 52 27 18 7 138 132 61
9 NJD 55 27 21 7 122 123 61
10 MTL 55 27 24 4 147 145 58
11 CAR 54 24 21 9 130 142 57
12 OTT 54 25 23 6 153 166 56
13 PHI 52 23 20 9 122 137 55
14 BUF 54 21 27 6 124 146 48
15 CBJ 55 21 28 6 137 170 48
16 TOR 52 19 24 9 120 144 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Jagr 51 17 21 14 38
J. Jokinen 54 11 27 12 38
J. Huberdeau 54 10 28 12 38
V. Trocheck 54 17 18 3 35
A. Barkov 43 16 19 13 35
R. Smith 54 18 16 12 34
B. Pirri 50 11 13 -4 24
A. Ekblad 50 10 13 20 23
B. Campbell 54 5 17 20 22
N. Bjugstad 39 9 10 -1 19
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 24 13 5 .928 2.17
A. Montoya 8 3 1 .929 2.01

 
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