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Changes Atop The Group Standings

Friday, 05.10.2013 / 5:27 PM ET / World Championship
By Glenn Odebralski  - FloridaPanthers.com
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Changes Atop The Group Standings
There was a change atop the Groups while the Czechs won a close game and Slovakia fell in a close one of their own.

After Friday's competition, Canada (Group S) and Finland (Group H, thanks to a 3-2 victory over Russia) sit atop their respective groups.

CANADA 4 - BELARUS 1

STOCKHOLM, Sweden - With Switzerland on an off day, Canada had a chance to take over first place in Group S with a victory over Belarus on Friday. They did just that in scoring twice in the opening period on their way to a 4-1 victory.

The scoring got started when Colorado's Ryan O'Reilly scored at the 11:17 mark. Then they put the power play to good use in scoring their next three goals on the man advantage for a 4-0 lead. Winnipeg's Andrew Ladd made it a 2-0 game before the first ended with a goal with 3:01 remaining.

They then added a goal in each of the next two periods. Philadelphia's Claude Giroux set up Tampa Bay's Steven Stamkos 5:27 into the second. The duo then combined for Canada's final goal with Stamkos setting up Giroux 2:35 into the third.

The Canadians dominated the game in outshooting Belarus 37-10 but couldn't finish the shutout bid for Edmonton's Devan Dubnyk as Alexei Yefimenko scored with 4:02 remaining in the final 20 minutes of play.

Defenseman Brian Campbell finished with a shot and was a minus-1 on 18:41 of ice time for Canada.

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CZECH REPUBLIC 4 - SLOVENIA 2

STOCKHOLM, Sweden - It was a special teams battle as the Czech Republic pulled away from Slovenia with two power play goals in the third for a 4-2 victory. Five of the six goals scored were with the teams on the man advantage.

While the game saw four power play goals, the first goal of the game actually came via the shorthanded route as the Czech's Petr Koukal stole the puck to score 5:39 into the contest. Slovenia answered right back on the same power play when Robert Sabolic scored 42 seconds later. The Slovenians actually took the lead at the 11:47 mark when Rok Ticar beat Winnipeg's Pavelec. The game would go into the intermission tied at two however as Calgary's Jiri Hudler netted his fourth of the tournament with a power play goal with 43 seconds remaining.

A scoreless second set up the final 20 minutes and with Slovenia running into penalty trouble, the Czechs made them pay. Zbynek Michalek netted the game-winner 5:58 into the period and Jiri Novotny put the nail in the coffin with a power play goal with 4:05 let on the clock.

Forward Tomas Fleischmann had three shots on net on 12:48 of ice time while skating on the third line.

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AUSTRIA 2 - SLOVAKIA 1 (SO)

HELSINKI, Finland - Both Austria and Slovakia picked up points on Friday but the Austrians got the important second point thanks to Buffalo's Thomas Vanek who scored the lone goal in the shootout for a 2-1 victory.

Slovakia actually got on the board nine minutes into the game when Tomas Surovy netted his second of the tournament. That would stand as the game's only goal until midway through the second when Gerhard Unterluggauer beat Rastislav Stana with a shot with 6:43 remaining.

The low scoring game was not in fault of the offenses but more due to the play of the goaltenders. Stana turned aside 33 shots in the loss while Bernhard Starkbaum was brilliant in stopping 42 shots. Starkbaum was just one save better as Stana couldn't stop Vanek's shot on the second attempt.

Panthers forward Tomas Kopecky finished with a shot, plus-1 and a minor penalty on 16:55 of ice time.

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 51 38 9 4 166 114 80
2 FLA 53 31 16 6 143 118 68
3 NYR 53 30 18 5 150 135 65
4 TBL 52 29 19 4 138 123 62
5 BOS 52 28 18 6 151 137 62
6 DET 53 27 18 8 133 131 62
7 PIT 52 27 18 7 138 132 61
8 NYI 51 27 18 6 143 127 60
9 NJD 54 26 21 7 120 122 59
10 CAR 54 24 21 9 130 142 57
11 MTL 54 26 24 4 143 143 56
12 OTT 54 25 23 6 153 166 56
13 PHI 51 23 19 9 121 133 55
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 50 16 21 11 37
J. Huberdeau 53 10 27 9 37
A. Barkov 43 16 19 13 35
J. Jokinen 53 10 25 11 35
V. Trocheck 53 17 16 3 33
R. Smith 53 16 15 10 31
B. Pirri 49 10 13 -5 23
A. Ekblad 49 10 12 20 22
B. Campbell 53 4 16 16 20
N. Bjugstad 38 9 8 -4 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 23 13 5 .930 2.13
A. Montoya 8 3 1 .929 2.01

 
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