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Victorious Saturday At Worlds

Saturday, 05.11.2013 / 4:09 PM / 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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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
N. Bjugstad 76 16 22 -14 38
S. Upshall 76 15 22 1 37
B. Campbell 82 7 30 -6 37
B. Boyes 78 21 15 -6 36
S. Bergenheim 62 16 13 -16 29
J. Huberdeau 69 9 19 -5 28
T. Fleischmann 80 8 20 -18 28
T. Gilbert 73 3 25 -5 28
B. Pirri 49 13 12 6 25
A. Barkov 54 8 16 -3 24
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 25 23 7 .919 2.40
S. Clemmensen 6 7 1 .896 3.09
 
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