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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 / World Championship
By Glenn Odebralski  - FloridaPanthers.com
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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.
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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SCHEDULE

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 64 41 18 5 172 142 87
2 NYR 63 39 17 7 197 155 85
3 NYI 65 41 21 3 207 182 85
4 TBL 65 39 20 6 213 171 84
5 DET 62 36 15 11 182 160 83
6 PIT 63 36 18 9 182 158 81
7 WSH 65 35 20 10 193 162 80
8 BOS 62 31 22 9 165 161 71
9 FLA 64 28 23 13 156 181 69
10 OTT 62 28 23 11 176 167 67
11 PHI 64 27 25 12 170 186 66
12 NJD 64 27 27 10 144 165 64
13 TOR 64 26 33 5 173 195 57
14 CBJ 63 26 33 4 163 201 56
15 CAR 62 24 31 7 144 167 55
16 BUF 64 19 40 5 123 215 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
N. Bjugstad 64 22 16 -9 38
J. Huberdeau 61 9 28 3 37
A. Ekblad 64 11 23 7 34
J. Jokinen 63 6 28 -1 34
B. Boyes 62 11 21 8 32
J. Jagr 60 12 19 -10 31
J. Hayes 55 17 12 -4 29
B. Campbell 64 3 20 2 23
A. Barkov 53 10 12 -5 22
V. Trocheck 34 5 11 8 16
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 23 16 11 .921 2.37
A. Montoya 5 7 2 .888 3.08
 
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