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Clinch Sunday At World Championships

United States, Canada, Russia and Switzerland all guarantee spots in Quarterfinals with victories.

Sunday, 05.12.2013 / 5:14 PM ET / World Championship
By Glenn Odebralski  - FloridaPanthers.com
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Clinch Sunday At World Championships

Getting down to the end of preliminary play and with most teams having one game left following play on Sunday, teams set themselves up with victories.

Six teams guaranteed themselves spots in the knockout stages. In Group H, the United States, Finland and Russia all have guaranteed spots when the quarters open on Thursday. Meanwhile in Group S, Switzerland, Canada and Sweden will all be playing for medals. Four of them (US, Russia, Canada and Switzerland) all punched their tickets with victories on Mother's Day.

UNITED STATES 3 - GERMANY 0

HELSINKI, Finland - Two goals early in the first period was all the United States would need to clinch a berth into the World Championship quarterfinals. 19-year old John Gibson was strong between the pipes in pitching the shutout as the United States downed Germany 3-0 on Sunday.

Making his second start of the tournament, Gibson stopped all 30 shots from Germany including 11 in the first, seven in the second and 12 in the third. The offense gave him help early thanks to an early power play. Bobby Butler scored his third of the tournament 2:39 into the contest.

Less than three minutes later, it would be a 2-0 game. Colorado's Paul Stastny netted his fourth at the 4:53 mark. They held that the two-goal cushion after 20 minutes of play.

The second went scoreless despite an excellent opportunity by Aaron Palushaj who was awarded a penalty shot with 7:20 remaining. The New Jersey forward however missed on the attempt on D Endras.

In the third, New Jersey's Stephen Gionta gave the Americans a 3-0 advantage when he scored with 8:33 remaining for his third of the tournament.

Nick Bjugstad had a good game in the face-off circle winning 5-of-7 (71.43%) while finishing with four shots in 10:08 of time. Marcel Goc won 60% of his draws and finished with two shots, minus-1 on 17:38 of ice time. The United States' last game will be against Slovakia on Tuesday while Germany looks to get into the quarterfinals with a win against France on Tuesday and with help from a US victory over the Slovaks.

IIHF.COM STORY

CANADA 2 - CZECH REPUBLIC 1

STOCKHOLM, Sweden - Sunday was certainly a battle between Canada and the Czech Republic and thanks to Canada's 2-1 victory, they've guaranteed themselves a spot in the quarterfinals with a game to play as they battle it out with Switzerland for the top spot in Group S.

It was certainly a goaltending duel between Phoenix's Mike Smith and Winnipeg's Ondrej Pavelec with Smith finishing one save better. The two made 30 and 23 saves respectively on the night.

Canada got on the scoreboard first with help from the power play. With Philadelphia's Jakub Voracek in the box for charging. Carolina's Eric Staal set up Philadelphia's Wayne Simmonds with 11:01 gone in the opening period. The Czech's would tie it before the period was over however when Petr Koukal beat Smith with 2:57 to play.

The teams combined for 18 shots in the second but it was still a 1-1 game heading into the third. There, Carolina's Jeff Skinner netted the game-winner on a beauty, scoring on a wraparound with 6:55 in as he was set up from Smith.

Brian Campbell picked up three shots on 20:37 of ice time for Canada while Tomas Fleischmann had 11 minutes of playing time for the Czech Republic.

IIHF.COM STORY

RUSSIA 3 - SLOVAKIA 1

HELSINKI, FINLAND - A game that both teams needed, saw Russia clinch a quarterfinal berth while leaving Slovakia still scrambling for one of their own as the Russians earned a 3-1 victory.

It was a closely contested game throughout as Russia held a 24-23 advantage in the shot category and it took more than a period to find the game's first goal. Given a power play attempt early in the second, Russia converted as Alexander Radulov scored 5:36 in. They had a 2-0 lead with 8:16 to play when New Jersey's Ilya Kovalchuk connected on his seventh goal of the tournament.

Slovakia would make it a 2-1 game heading into the final period when Branko Radivojevic scored with his team shorthanded as his goal came with 16 seconds to play but Russia answered 4:48 into the third when Denis Denisov netted the unassisted tally past Jaroslav Janus.

Tomas Kopecky finished with one shot and was plus-1 on 15:04 of ice time.

IIHF.COM STORY

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 252 192 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 221 189 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 262 211 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 242 203 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 252 230 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 235 221 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 238 215 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 221 210 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 213 211 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 206 223 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 236 250 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 215 234 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 181 216 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 188 226 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 211 262 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 161 274 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Huberdeau 79 15 39 10 54
J. Jokinen 81 8 36 -2 44
N. Bjugstad 72 24 19 -7 43
A. Ekblad 81 12 27 12 39
B. Boyes 78 14 24 11 38
A. Barkov 71 16 20 -4 36
J. Hayes 72 19 16 -4 35
B. Campbell 82 3 24 4 27
B. Pirri 49 22 2 6 24
D. Bolland 53 6 17 4 23
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 28 19 12 .921 2.35
A. Montoya 6 7 2 .892 3.01
 
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