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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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