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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
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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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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