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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 x - MTL 77 47 22 8 203 174 102
2 x - NYR 75 47 21 7 228 177 101
3 x - TBL 77 47 23 7 249 201 101
4 PIT 76 42 23 11 210 190 95
5 NYI 77 45 27 5 235 215 95
6 DET 75 40 23 12 220 206 92
7 WSH 76 41 25 10 223 188 92
8 BOS 76 38 25 13 201 196 89
9 OTT 75 37 26 12 218 203 86
10 FLA 76 35 26 15 190 207 85
11 PHI 76 30 29 17 198 219 77
12 CBJ 75 36 35 4 207 232 76
13 NJD 76 31 33 12 168 194 74
14 CAR 75 28 36 11 174 204 67
15 TOR 76 28 42 6 198 244 62
16 BUF 76 21 47 8 148 255 50

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Huberdeau 73 13 36 9 49
N. Bjugstad 72 24 19 -7 43
J. Jagr 71 15 26 -2 41
J. Jokinen 75 8 33 -2 41
B. Boyes 73 12 23 10 35
A. Ekblad 75 11 24 11 35
J. Hayes 66 18 13 -5 31
A. Barkov 65 14 17 -1 31
B. Campbell 76 3 22 2 25
B. Pirri 43 20 2 5 22
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 26 17 12 .921 2.33
A. Montoya 5 7 2 .888 3.08
 
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