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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.

Friday, 05.9.2014 / 5:24 PM ET / World Championship
By Glenn Odebralski  - FloridaPanthers.com
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Canada, USA Open Up Preliminary Play
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.

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SCHEDULE

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 51 38 9 4 166 114 80
2 FLA 53 31 16 6 143 118 68
3 NYR 53 30 18 5 150 135 65
4 TBL 52 29 19 4 138 123 62
5 BOS 52 28 18 6 151 137 62
6 DET 53 27 18 8 133 131 62
7 PIT 52 27 18 7 138 132 61
8 NYI 51 27 18 6 143 127 60
9 NJD 54 26 21 7 120 122 59
10 CAR 54 24 21 9 130 142 57
11 MTL 54 26 24 4 143 143 56
12 OTT 54 25 23 6 153 166 56
13 PHI 51 23 19 9 121 133 55
14 BUF 53 21 26 6 120 139 48
15 TOR 51 19 23 9 117 140 47
16 CBJ 54 21 28 5 135 168 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Jagr 50 16 21 11 37
J. Huberdeau 53 10 27 9 37
A. Barkov 43 16 19 13 35
J. Jokinen 53 10 25 11 35
V. Trocheck 53 17 16 3 33
R. Smith 53 16 15 10 31
B. Pirri 49 10 13 -5 23
A. Ekblad 49 10 12 20 22
B. Campbell 53 4 16 16 20
N. Bjugstad 38 9 8 -4 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 23 13 5 .930 2.13
A. Montoya 8 3 1 .929 2.01

 
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