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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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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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