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US & Canada Victorious On Day 8

USA gets back in win column with 4-3 OT thriller and Canada continues to roll with 6-1 victory.

Friday, 05.16.2014 / 4:30 PM ET / World Championship
By Glenn Odebralski  - FloridaPanthers.com
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US & Canada Victorious On Day 8
Jonathan Huberdeau battles for position in front of the net against Italy at the IIHF World Championship (Richard Wolowicz).


The 2014 IIHF Hockey World Championship week two of preliminary competition on Friday and both the United States and Canada squads found themselves celebrating.

The United States (2-1-0-2) got back in the win column after suffering two straight losses, downing Kazakhstan 4-3 in overtime. Jonathan Huberdeau picked up a point in his second straight game in helping Canada (4-0-1-0) rattle off their fourth straight victory as they beat Italy 6-1. 

UNITED STATES 4 - KAZAKHSTAN 3 (OT)

Falling in their previous two games, the United States had to come back on two different occasions before outlasting Kazakhstan with a 4-3 overtime victory to end that skid.

The Americans found themselves trailing 1-0 late in the first and 2-1 early in the second but were able to tie the game thanks to the power play as a pair of Predators, Craig Smith and Seth Jones, found the back of the net. Matt Donovan then gave Team USA their first lead of the game with 4:58 left in the second. Kazakhstan had a great chance to tie the game 1:08 into the third but former Panther Tim Thomas (22 saves) stopped Konstantin Romanov on a penalty shot. They wouldn't be denied the equalizer with 6:50 to play as Roman Starchenko netted his second of the game, eventually sending the game into overtime. Jones wouldn't let the Americans lose a third straight however, netting his second of the game 1:05 into the extra session.

Jimmy Hayes finished with three shots on 9:27 of ice time. Vincent Trocheck won five of his eight draws and had two shots on net on 10:36 of ice time while Drew Shore won three of his five face-offs with 13:10 of ice time. The Americans next play Finland on Sunday.



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CANADA 6 - ITALY 1

The Red and White Maple Leaf continued to dominate play in winning their fourth straight victory. For the second day in a row, Canada won by a 6-1 final and on Friday it came against Italy. On Thursday, the Canadians used a four-goal third period to pull away from Denmark. This time it was a four-goal second that gave them all the offense they would really need.

Joel Ward's fourth of the tournament gave Canada the lead after the first period. Cody Hodgson netted his first of two 1:39 into the second on the power play and the Canadians turned up the pressure, adding goals from Jason Chimera, Kyle Turris and Hodgson before the 20 minutes was played. David Borelli ended James Reimer's (21 saves) shutout bid 1:12 into the third while Huberdeau set up Brayden Schenn with 3:30 remaining to end the scoring.

Now with three points in the tournament thanks to the assist (1-2-3), Huberdeau finished with two shots on net, was a +2 and recorded 12:08 of ice time. Erik Gudbranson had two shots and was +2 in 16:39 of ice time. Canada will see their toughest test of the tournament to date as they face off against Sweden on Sunday.

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SCHEDULE

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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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