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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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SCHEDULE

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AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 62 41 16 5 171 135 87
2 NYI 64 41 21 2 205 179 84
3 NYR 61 38 17 6 192 152 82
4 TBL 64 38 20 6 210 171 82
5 DET 61 35 15 11 180 159 81
6 PIT 62 36 17 9 181 155 81
7 WSH 64 34 20 10 188 159 78
8 BOS 62 31 22 9 165 161 71
9 FLA 63 28 22 13 154 178 69
10 PHI 63 27 25 11 168 183 65
11 OTT 60 27 23 10 171 163 64
12 NJD 63 26 27 10 141 164 62
13 CBJ 62 26 32 4 160 196 56
14 CAR 61 24 30 7 142 162 55
15 TOR 63 25 33 5 170 193 55
16 BUF 63 19 39 5 123 212 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
N. Bjugstad 63 22 16 -8 38
J. Huberdeau 60 9 27 4 36
J. Jokinen 62 6 28 0 34
A. Ekblad 63 10 23 8 33
B. Boyes 61 11 21 9 32
J. Jagr 59 12 19 -9 31
J. Hayes 54 17 10 -5 27
B. Campbell 63 3 20 3 23
A. Barkov 52 10 12 -4 22
T. Fleischmann 52 7 14 12 21
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 23 16 11 .920 2.40
A. Montoya 5 6 2 .891 2.98
 
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