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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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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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