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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 WSH 53 40 9 4 175 120 84
2 FLA 55 32 17 6 153 127 70
3 NYR 55 31 18 6 157 140 68
4 DET 55 28 18 9 138 134 65
5 NYI 53 29 18 6 150 131 64
6 TBL 54 30 20 4 144 130 64
7 BOS 54 29 19 6 159 148 64
8 PIT 54 28 19 7 139 136 63
9 NJD 56 28 21 7 124 124 63
10 PHI 54 24 20 10 128 140 58
11 CAR 55 24 21 10 131 143 58
12 MTL 56 27 25 4 151 151 58
13 OTT 56 25 25 6 157 173 56
14 BUF 56 22 28 6 131 155 50
15 CBJ 56 22 28 6 140 173 50
16 TOR 53 19 25 9 122 149 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Jagr 52 17 23 14 40
J. Huberdeau 55 11 29 12 40
J. Jokinen 55 11 27 12 38
V. Trocheck 55 17 18 3 35
A. Barkov 43 16 19 13 35
R. Smith 55 18 16 12 34
B. Pirri 51 11 13 -3 24
A. Ekblad 51 11 13 19 24
B. Campbell 55 5 18 20 23
N. Bjugstad 40 9 10 -3 19
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 24 13 5 .927 2.23
A. Montoya 8 4 1 .926 2.06

 
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