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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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SCHEDULE

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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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