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Canada, USA Victorious On Day Two Of World Championship

Canada downs Slovakia 4-1 while United States edges Switzerland 3-2.

Saturday, 05.10.2014 / 7:05 PM ET / World Championship
By Glenn Odebralski  - FloridaPanthers.com
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Canada, USA Victorious On Day Two Of World Championship
Panthers forward Jonathan Huberdeau skates in Canada's IIHF World Championship preliminary game against Slovakia. (Richard Wolowicz / HHOF-IIHF Images)


Canada and the United States were right back at it on Saturday, playing their second game in as many days to open up the IIHF World Championship in Belarus. Both teams skated away with victories.

The Canadians (1-0-1-0) rebounded from Friday's upset loss to France with a 4-1 victory over Slovakia. The United States (2-0-0-0), on the other hand, had to fight back from two one-goal deficits to down Switzerland 3-2.

UNITED STATES 3 - SWITZERLAND 2

The Americans were in for a much tougher contest after downing Belarus 6-1 on Friday, facing off against a stingy Switzerland team. Their first and only lead didn't come until Tampa Bay's Tyler Johnson scored with 6:45 remaining but it was enough as former Panther Tim Thomas (named Best Player) flashed the glove to rob Roman Josi with seconds to play for one of his 27 saves to preserve the win.

The Swiss made the Americans earn their victory, jumping on the board first early in the second and then going ahead 2-1 late in the period. They also had two other goals in the third called back due to offsides calls. For the US, goals by former Panther Peter Mueller and Nashville's Craig Smith were able to tie the game before Johnson's winner.

Vincent Trocheck centered the US’ second line once again finishing with two shots on goal and was a minus-1 on 14:48 of ice time, Jimmy Hayes finished with a shot on goal on 7:12 of ice time and Drew Shore had 6:16 of ice time. Monday will be another tough test for the Americans as they face off against the Russians.

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CANADA 4 - SLOVAKIA 1

Trailing 1-0 to Slovakia, Canada's offense awoke as they scored four goals in the final 22:39 of the game to bounce back from Friday's shootout loss to France.

The Canadians were led by Joel Ward’s two goals. The Washington forward tied the game at one with 2:39 left in the second and then put the nail in the coffin with 1:11 remaining in the contest. Cody Hodgson and Kevin Bieksa also scored for the Canadians while former Panther Jason Garrison picked up two assists in the victory.

Erik Gudbranson was assessed a roughing penalty on 12:00 of ice time while Jonathan Huberdeau finished with a shot and was a plus-1 on 12:21 of ice time. Canada next faces off against the Czech Republic on Monday.

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SCHEDULE

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AWAY
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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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