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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 x - NYR 76 48 21 7 231 179 103
2 x - MTL 77 47 22 8 203 174 102
3 x - TBL 78 47 24 7 250 204 101
4 PIT 76 42 23 11 210 190 95
5 NYI 77 45 27 5 235 215 95
6 WSH 77 42 25 10 227 190 94
7 DET 76 40 23 13 221 208 93
8 BOS 77 39 25 13 204 198 91
9 OTT 76 38 26 12 220 204 88
10 FLA 77 35 27 15 192 210 85
11 CBJ 76 37 35 4 210 234 78
12 PHI 76 30 29 17 198 219 77
13 NJD 77 31 33 13 170 197 75
14 CAR 76 28 37 11 176 208 67
15 TOR 77 29 42 6 201 245 64
16 BUF 76 21 47 8 148 255 50

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Huberdeau 74 13 36 9 49
N. Bjugstad 72 24 19 -7 43
J. Jagr 72 15 26 -3 41
J. Jokinen 76 8 33 -4 41
B. Boyes 74 13 23 10 36
A. Ekblad 76 11 24 10 35
J. Hayes 67 18 14 -6 32
A. Barkov 66 14 17 -3 31
B. Campbell 77 3 23 2 26
B. Pirri 44 21 2 6 23
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 26 18 12 .921 2.35
A. Montoya 5 7 2 .888 3.08
 
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