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Victorious Saturday At Worlds

Saturday, 05.11.2013 / 4:09 PM ET / World Championship
By Glenn Odebralski  - FloridaPanthers.com
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Victorious Saturday At Worlds

It was a victorious Saturday as all three Panthers players and their teams playing were on the winning end. The US kept it's pursuit up for the top spot in their group with a victory over France while Sweden and Germany also recorded wins.

UNITED STATES 4 - FRANCE 2

HELSINKI, Finland - A chance to take over the top spot in Group H (at least for a couple of hours), the United States netted two in the first and didn't look back as they defeated France 4-2 Saturday.

The Americans actually had two power plays within the first five minutes of the game but were unable to get on the scoreboard. New Jersey's Stephen Gionta would not be denied 7:08 in as he beat Cristobal Huet. Bobby Butler gave the US an all-important 2-0 lead before the first came to an end as he netted his second of the tournament with 2:43 to play.

While the US couldn't find the scoresheet on the power play, France did just that thanks to a 5-on-3 opportunity in the second. Kevin Hecquefeuille beat Ben Bishop 8:24 into the second to make it a 2-1 game after forty minutes of play. They were certainly in the game despite being outshot 25-10 through two periods.

Paul Stastny's and Daid Moss' and third of the Championships less than two minutes apart with less than 10 minutes to play sealed the victory however. Stastny made it a 3-1 game with 8:23 to play while Moss' power play tally was recorded with 6:37. Yorick Treille gave the French their second goal of the game with 90 seconds remaining.

Forward Nick Bjugstad finished with two shots and was a minus-1 on 10:40 of ice time.

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GERMANY 2 - LATVIA 0

HELSINKI, Finland - In what has become the norm for Germany, their game was a close contest but they came out on top for the second time in the tournament as they earned a 2-0 shutout of Latvia.

Rob Zepp and Kristers Gudlevskis made it tough on the offenses as they turned aside 58 of the 60 shots put up. Zepp, of course, was perfect in stopping all 26 of Latvia's shots, including 14 in the opening period.

After a scoreless first despite 30 combined shots, Germany finally found a goal past Gudlevskis when Christoph Ullmann scored with 8:05 gone in the period. Patrick Hager made it a 2-0 game 3:05 into the third and Zepp did the rest for the victory.

Marcel Goc had four shots on net on 16:38 of ice time for Germany.

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SWEDEN 2 - SLOVENIA 0

STOCKHOLM, Sweden - It wasn't easy for the favored Swedes against Slovenia but in the end three points is three points as they picked up a 2-0 shutout victory.

Buffalo's Jhonas Enroth got the start and was efficient in turning away all 21 saves. And despite posting 40 shots on Latvian netminder Luka Gracnar, Sweden was only able to find two goals along the way.

The teams played a scoreless first as Sweden outshot Latvia 19-4. They were finally rewarded for the shots disparity when Colorado's Gabriel Landeskog scored 5:50 into the second. A penalty early in the third gave Tre Kroner their second goal as Fredrik Pettersson scored 2:51 in.

Jacob Markstrom suited up in the backup role for Sweden.

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 53 40 9 4 175 120 84
2 FLA 55 32 17 6 153 127 70
3 NYR 55 31 18 6 157 140 68
4 DET 55 28 18 9 138 134 65
5 NYI 53 29 18 6 150 131 64
6 TBL 54 30 20 4 144 130 64
7 BOS 54 29 19 6 159 148 64
8 PIT 54 28 19 7 139 136 63
9 NJD 55 27 21 7 122 123 61
10 CAR 55 24 21 10 131 143 58
11 MTL 56 27 25 4 151 151 58
12 PHI 53 24 20 9 127 138 57
13 OTT 56 25 25 6 157 173 56
14 BUF 56 22 28 6 131 155 50
15 CBJ 56 22 28 6 140 173 50
16 TOR 53 19 25 9 122 149 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Jagr 52 17 23 14 40
J. Huberdeau 55 11 29 12 40
J. Jokinen 55 11 27 12 38
V. Trocheck 55 17 18 3 35
A. Barkov 43 16 19 13 35
R. Smith 55 18 16 12 34
B. Pirri 51 11 13 -3 24
A. Ekblad 51 11 13 19 24
B. Campbell 55 5 18 20 23
N. Bjugstad 40 9 10 -3 19
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 24 13 5 .927 2.23
A. Montoya 8 4 1 .926 2.06

 
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