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Huberdeau Sparks Canada, USA Also Wins

Panthers forward named Best Player in 3-2 overtime victory over Sweden, USA punches ticket to quarterfinals with 3-1 win over Finland.

Sunday, 05.18.2014 / 2:00 PM ET / World Championship
By Glenn Odebralski  - FloridaPanthers.com
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Huberdeau Sparks Canada, USA Also Wins
Jonathan Huberdeau celebrates Brayden Schenn's second period goal against Sweden in the IIHF World Championship (Richard Wolowicz - HHOF / IIHF Images).

With just two games remaining in preliminary round play at the 2014 IIHF World Championship, Sunday’s games for Canada and the United States went a long way in setting up their push for medals.

Tied with Finland at the cutoff line entering play on Sunday, the United States (3-1-0-2) played one of their most complete games of the tournament, downing the Finns 3-1. Canada, on the other hand, came back to defeat Sweden 3-2 in overtime, tying the Swedes atop their group in the process.

Jonathan Huberdeau speaks with TSN following the win.

CANADA 3 – SWEDEN 2 (OT)

The offense keeps coming for Jonathan Huberdeau. With Canada trailing 2-0 in the second period, the Panthers forward stretched his point streak to four games (1-3-4) with an assist that helped kickstart the Canadians offense and propel them to a 3-2 come-from-behind overtime victory over Sweden. The win has them tied atop Group A with one game to play.

Joakim Lindstrom struck 13:49 into the game. Huberdeau, who was named Canada’s Best Player of the Game, had an excellent chance to tie the game late in the first as he beautifully outdeked Anders Nilsson on a penalty shot but Nilsson got enough of the shot to deflect the puck just wide.

The Swedes doubled their lead 1:06 into the second but from there on out it was all red and white. Canada broke through less than four minutes after Linus Klasen’s goal as Huberdeau and Philadelphia’s Brayden Schenn crashed the net after an offensive zone face-off victory, with Schenn banging home Huberdeau’s rebound to make it a 2-1 game. They tied it almost four minutes after that when Kevin Bieksa’s power play blast found the back of the net. A scoreless third sent the game into overtime where Ryan Ellis scored on the rush with 2:38 gone.

Huberdeau collected the assist on two shots and 13:02 of ice time while Erik Gudbranson finished with a shot on 9:36 of ice time. Canada finishes out preliminary play against Norway on Tuesday.

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UNITED STATES 3 – FINLAND 1

The United States scored 19 seconds into the game and the defense stymied Finland’s attack as the Americans guaranteed a spot in the quarterfinals with the 3-1 victory.

Seconds after the puck dropped in Minsk, Nashville’s Seth Jones sent a puck in that took a weird bounce off the stanchion, ending up in front of the net where Brock Nelson tapped it into the empty net. It looked like that would be the only goal as the USA constantly denied the Finns as former Panther Tim Thomas finished with 22 saves on the night. Tampa Bay’s Tyler Johnson scored midway through the third to make it a 2-0 game and then added an empty netter to put the nail in the coffin with 45 seconds remaining as he collected the high clearing pass from Panthers forward Drew Shore and shot it into the open net.

Shore finished with the assist on three shots and was a plus-1 on 13:30 of ice time. Jimmy Hayes finished with a minor penalty on 9:57 of ice time while Vincent Trocheck won five of his six draws (83.3%) and had a shot on net on 11:37 of ice time. The Americans close out preliminary play on Tuesday against Germany.

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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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