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Split Decision Thursday At Worlds

Thursday, 05.9.2013 / 4:34 PM ET / World Championship
By Glenn Odebralski  - FloridaPanthers.com
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Split Decision Thursday At Worlds

Four Panthers players saw action on Thursday and it was split right down the middle in terms of getting in the win column.

LATVIA 5 - SLOVAKIA 3

HELSINKI, Finland - Slovakia got behind early and couldn't recover as Latvia pulled the upset with the 5-3 victory.

Latvia jumped out to a 3-1 lead after 20 minutes of play including getting on the board just 15 seconds in as Martins Cipulis scored off the feed from former Panther Janis Sprukts. The Slovaks quickly tied it up as Tomas Zabrosky scored 1:08 later but that would be as close as they get.

Awarded a penalty shot with seven minutes to play in the first, Lauris Darzins beat R Stana for the 2-1 lead. Then with 2:36 to play, Zemgus Girgensons scored on the power play for the two goal cushion.

The teams would trade goals in both the second and third periods. Tomas Surovy got Slovakia to within one with a goal at the 6:09 mark but Darzins netted his second of the game 2:41 later. He would finish off the hat trick 25 seconds into the third. Slovakia scored a power play goal with 22 seconds remaining for the 5-3 final.

Forward Tomas Kopecky finished with two shots and a minus-2 on 13:22 of ice time for Slovakia.

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CZECH REPUBLIC 2 - DENMARK 1 (SO)

STOCKHOLM, Sweden - Looking for points, both the Czech Republic and Denmark played a closely guarded game and did just that as the Czechs beat the Danes 2-1 in the shootout on Thursday.

It took more than two periods for the teams to get on the scoreboard while the Czechs held the advantage as they hemmed Denmark in their zone but couldn't find a way to beat Simon Nielsen. The netminder turned aside 17 shots in the first two periods while Winnnipeg's Ondrej Pavelec saw just nine shots.

In the third the offenses found a goal each. The Czech Republic Zbynek Michalek beat Nielsen with a shot 5:53 in. That lead lasted for 10 minutes when with 4:05 left Morten Poulsen scored to send the game to overtime.

The Czechs had an excellent chance to win it in the extra session when they went to the power play with 2:37 gone but the game would ultimately go to the shootout.

There, Zbynek Irgl scored in the fifth and then the sixth round of the shootout to give the Czechs the extra point.

Forward Tomas Fleischmann skated on the fourth line and registered a shot and 11:31 of ice time on 17 shifts.

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CANADA 3 - SWEDEN 0

STOCKHOLM, Sweden - In a battle to stay with Switzerland atop Group S, Canada jumped all over the hosts and Phoenix goaltender Mike Smith did the rest in earning a 3-0 victory over Sweden.

Defenseman Brian Campbell picked up his first point of the tournament as he sent a cross ice pass to Tampa sniper Steven Stamkos for a power play tally 8:56 into the game.

The Canadians really put a hold on the victory as they struck twice in the second period. Campbell's defensive partner Luke Schenn made it a 2-0 game just 55 seconds into the second. Then, Carolina's Jordan Staal put the cap to the game with a goal with seven minutes left in the period.

Smith made that 3-0 score stand up as he faced 17 of the 33 shots from Sweden in the final 20 minutes. On the other side, Jhonas Enroth got the start for Tre Kroner and Jacob Markstrom saw some playing time in the third period as he stopped two shots in 9:12 of action.

Campbell finished the game with the assist on three shots and was a plus-1 on 16:48 of ice time.

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SCHEDULE

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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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