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World Championship

Closing Out Preliminary Play With Wins

Huberdeau stretches point streak to five games in Canada's win while Shore scores shorthanded beauty in United States' victory.

Tuesday, 05.20.2014 / 10:15 AM / World Championship
By Patrick McGrath  - FloridaPanthers.com
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Closing Out Preliminary Play With Wins
Huberdeau stretches point streak to five games in Canada\'s win while Shore scores shorthanded beauty in United States\' victory.

In their last games of the preliminary round at the 2014 IIHF World Championship, both the United States and Canada went out on a winning note, solidifying their spots in the upcoming quarterfinals. 

Drew Shore scored a shorthanded goal for the United States (4-1-0-2) as they managed to come out on top 5-4 in a back-and-forth game against Germany. The Canadians (5-1-1-0) wrapped up the top spot in Group A with their 3-2 win over Norway.

UNITED STATES 5 – GERMANY 4

With their 5-4 win in the preliminary round finale against Germany, the US brought their point total to 14, putting themselves tentatively in second place in Group B. With 12 points, host country, Belarus, could leapfrog the US for the second spot with a win over Russia in their game later today.

After a scoreless first period, the teams each struck for three goals in the second period. The US took leads of 1-0, 2-1 and 3-2 but the Germans answered back each time. Drew Shore scored the Americans second goal 7:18 into the second, a beautiful shorthanded tally in which he deked out a German defender before beating the netminder for his first goal of the tournament. In the third period, the US received goals from Johnny Gaudreau and Justin Abdelkader to go up 5-3. The Germans would score once more with 1:57 remaining to cut the lead in half but the US buckled down defensively to prevent any more scoring and skate away with the win.

“It was a good pass," Shore told IIHF.com following the win. "Here on the bigger ice surface there is a lot of time to make a move so I as able to work it low and get it past the goaltender's five hole."

In addition to the shorthanded goal, Shore recorded two shots on 12:16 of ice time. Jimmy Hayes recorded three shots on 10:44 of ice time while Vincent Trocheck had two shots on 9:53 of ice time. With their position in Group B still undecided, the US will wait to find out who they will play in the quarterfinals, which will be held on Thursday.

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CANADA 3 – NORWAY 2

With the 3-2 win over Norway, the Canadians wrapped up their tournament on a six-game winning streak and locked up the top spot in Group A. Jonathan Huberdeau added an assist in the win, stretching his point streak to five games (1-4-5).

Norway jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first despite being outshot 15-5 by the Canadians. Joel Ward scored on the powerplay in the second to even the score but Norway would retake the lead with a tally 12:16 into the second. Mark Scheifele evened the score once again for the Red and White with his goal with 3:35 remaining in the second and the game entered the final period tied 2-2. Ward notched his second power play goal of the game for the game winner 10:43 into the third. Huberdeau helped set up Ward’s sixth of the tournament. The Canadians, who heavily outpossessed and outshot Norway, were able to kill off the rest of the game, preventing Norway from scoring the equalizer.

Huerdeau finished the game with the assist, one shot on net and 17:33 of ice time. Erik Gudbranson recorded one shot on 7:48 of ice time. As the top team in Group A, the Canadians will face the fourth place team from Group B, which will be either Finland or Latvia.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

SCHEDULE

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
N. Bjugstad 76 16 22 -14 38
S. Upshall 76 15 22 1 37
B. Campbell 82 7 30 -6 37
B. Boyes 78 21 15 -6 36
S. Bergenheim 62 16 13 -16 29
J. Huberdeau 69 9 19 -5 28
T. Fleischmann 80 8 20 -18 28
T. Gilbert 73 3 25 -5 28
B. Pirri 49 13 12 6 25
A. Barkov 54 8 16 -3 24
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 25 23 7 .919 2.40
S. Clemmensen 6 7 1 .896 3.09
 
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