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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, 05.9.2014 / 5:24 PM ET / 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

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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