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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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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 50 37 9 4 163 112 78
2 FLA 52 31 15 6 143 115 68
3 NYR 52 29 18 5 148 134 63
4 TBL 51 29 18 4 137 118 62
5 BOS 52 28 18 6 151 137 62
6 DET 52 26 18 8 130 131 60
7 PIT 51 26 18 7 132 130 59
8 NJD 53 26 20 7 119 120 59
9 NYI 50 26 18 6 135 126 58
10 CAR 53 24 21 8 129 141 56
11 PHI 50 23 18 9 119 130 55
12 MTL 53 25 24 4 142 142 54
13 OTT 53 24 23 6 148 165 54
14 BUF 53 21 26 6 120 139 48
15 TOR 51 19 23 9 117 140 47
16 CBJ 54 21 28 5 135 168 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Jagr 49 16 21 11 37
J. Huberdeau 52 10 27 10 37
A. Barkov 42 16 19 13 35
J. Jokinen 52 10 25 12 35
V. Trocheck 52 17 16 4 33
R. Smith 52 16 15 11 31
B. Pirri 48 10 13 -4 23
A. Ekblad 48 10 12 21 22
B. Campbell 52 4 16 17 20
N. Bjugstad 37 9 8 -3 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 23 13 5 .930 2.13
A. Montoya 8 2 1 .931 1.93

 
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