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World Championship

Canada, USA Open Up Preliminary Play

Jimmy Hayes & Americans down Belarus 6-1, Canada upset by France 3-2 in shootout.

Friday, 05.09.2014 / 5:24 PM / World Championship
By Glenn Odebralski  - FloridaPanthers.com
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Canada, USA Open Up Preliminary Play
Jimmy Hayes & Americans down Belarus 6-1, Canada upset by France 3-2 in shootout.
Panthers forward Vincent Trocheck skates in Team USA's IIHF World Championship preliminary opener against Belarus. (Credit: Andre Ringuette / HHOF-IIHF Images)


The IIHF World Championship opened up in Belarus on Friday with the United States and Canada beginning preliminary competition.

The Americans took down hosts Belarus 6-1 as Panthers forward Jimmy Hayes (0-1-1) was named Team USA's Best Player of the game. Canada, on the other hand, was upset by France 3-2 in a shootout.

UNITED STATES 6 - BELARUS 1

Playing at Minsk Arena, the red white and blue jumped out to a 4-0 lead before Belarus scored late in the second period to end former Panther Tim Thomas’ shutout bid (20 saves). Hayes set up the American's fourth goal by Colin McDonald with 2:18 left in the middle frame.

Hayes finished with a plus-2 on 10:31 of ice time while Vincent Trocheck centered the second line, winning nine of his 17 face-offs with 14:06 of ice time and Drew Shore had 9:41 of ice time. The United States plays again on Saturday against Switzerland.

FULL STORY

FRANCE 3 - CANADA 2 (SO)

In the opening game at Chizhovka Arena, Panthers defenseman Erik Gudbranson gave the Canadians a 2-1 lead midway through the third period on a his shot that slipped past France netminder Cristobal Huet. French forward Stephane da Costa's second power play of the game knotted the score at 2-2. French forward Pierre-Edouard Bellemare was the only one to find the back of the net as Huet stopped Kyle Turris, Sean Monahan and Matt Read in succession to secure the upset.

Gudbranson finished with a goal and 14:19 of ice time, while Jonathan Huberdeau had 9:58 of ice time. Canada is right back at it on Saturday, facing off against Slovakia.

FULL STORY

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 TBL 48 30 14 4 156 127 64
2 NYI 46 31 14 1 151 129 63
3 DET 47 27 11 9 139 119 63
4 MTL 45 29 13 3 123 106 61
5 PIT 46 26 12 8 138 117 60
6 NYR 44 27 13 4 134 106 58
7 WSH 46 24 13 9 137 120 57
8 BOS 48 25 16 7 126 121 57
9 FLA 44 20 14 10 107 122 50
10 OTT 46 19 18 9 126 128 47
11 TOR 48 22 23 3 142 150 47
12 PHI 48 19 22 7 130 146 45
13 CBJ 45 20 22 3 113 142 43
14 NJD 47 17 22 8 107 134 42
15 CAR 46 16 25 5 98 120 37
16 BUF 47 14 30 3 89 167 31

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
N. Bjugstad 44 15 12 1 27
J. Huberdeau 41 8 17 1 25
A. Ekblad 44 6 19 7 25
J. Jokinen 43 4 20 0 24
J. Hayes 36 13 7 1 20
B. Boyes 42 9 11 1 20
S. Bergenheim 33 7 9 4 16
T. Fleischmann 38 5 8 9 13
V. Trocheck 28 4 9 6 13
D. Kulikov 39 1 12 -2 13
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 17 10 8 .923 2.32
A. Montoya 3 4 2 .887 3.09
 
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