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A Sudden End At Worlds

U.S. and Canada's tournament comes to an end after falling in quarterfinals.

Thursday, 05.22.2014 / 4:20 PM ET / World Championship
By Patrick McGrath  - FloridaPanthers.com
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A Sudden End At Worlds
U.S. and Canada\'s tournament comes to an end after falling in quarterfinals.
Vincent Trocheck (Richard Wolowicz / HHOF-IIHF Images)



The World Championships came to an abrupt end for both Canada and the United States as both teams came up short in the quarterfinals. The United States battled back from a 4-1 third period deficit but could not close the gap, losing 4-3 to the Czech Republic while the Canadians blew a 2-1 third period lead, falling 3-2 to Finland.

CZECH REPUBLIC 4 - UNITED STATES 3

The Czechs used a three-goal second period to grab a 4-1 lead over the Americans and then held off a furious U.S. comeback attempt to escape with a 4-3 win to advance to the semifinals.

With the score tied at one early in the second period, the momentum swung in favor of the Czechs after Justin Abdelkader received a five minute major and a game misconduct for charging. Down a man for five minutes, the Americans conceded two goals, digging themselves into a 3-1 hole. That hole only got deeper when the Czechs added another with 3:41 left wrapping up their three-goal period.

Down 4-1 with time ticking away in the third period, the Americans almost completed a stunning comeback thanks to a pair of goals from Tyler Johnson in the game’s final minutes. The comeback came up just short as the Czechs and goaltender Alexander Salak held on to advance to the semifinals where they will face Finland.

Vincent Trocheck won seven of the nine face-offs he took in the quarterfinal and he also added one shot and logged 13:32 of ice time. Jimmy Hayes recorded 9:03 of ice time while Drew Shore logged 8:38 of ice time.

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FINLAND 3- CANADA 2

The Canadians came back from an early 1-0 deficit to take a 2-1 lead heading into the third period but two scores from the Fins in the final stanza resulted in a 3-2 loss and an early tournament departure for the Canadians who finished atop Group A after preliminary round play.

The Finns killed off four Canadian powerplays in the first period to escape to the first intermission with a 1-0 lead. In the middle 20 minutes, Kyle Turris and Mark Scheifele both struck to go up 2-1 heading into the final frame.

It didn’t take long for the Finns to even the score as they received a goal from Juuso Hietanen just 28 seconds into the third. The game-winner came with 3:08 remaining when Iiro Pakarinen beat Canadian netminder Ben Scrivens. The Canadian comeback attempt was shut down by Finland’s Pekka Rinne who was outstanding in the game, stopping 36 of the 38 shots Canada sent his way.

Jonathan Huberdeau recorded 10:09 of ice time in the quarterfinal while Erik Gudbranson fired three shots on net and finished with a +1 rating in 9:53 of ice time.

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - NYR 73 47 19 7 224 168 101
2 MTL 75 46 21 8 197 167 100
3 TBL 75 46 22 7 244 194 99
4 NYI 75 44 26 5 228 208 93
5 PIT 74 40 23 11 204 186 91
6 DET 73 39 22 12 212 201 90
7 WSH 74 40 24 10 215 182 90
8 OTT 73 37 25 11 213 195 85
9 BOS 74 36 25 13 195 193 85
10 FLA 74 34 26 14 184 202 82
11 PHI 75 30 29 16 196 216 76
12 CBJ 74 35 35 4 203 230 74
13 NJD 74 31 31 12 166 189 74
14 CAR 73 27 36 10 170 201 64
15 TOR 75 27 42 6 194 241 60
16 BUF 74 20 46 8 141 249 48

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Huberdeau 71 13 32 7 45
N. Bjugstad 72 24 19 -7 43
J. Jokinen 73 7 33 -1 40
J. Jagr 69 13 25 -4 38
B. Boyes 72 12 23 10 35
A. Ekblad 73 11 24 10 35
J. Hayes 64 18 13 -4 31
A. Barkov 63 12 17 -2 29
B. Campbell 74 3 21 1 24
B. Pirri 41 20 2 5 22
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 26 17 11 .922 2.32
A. Montoya 5 7 2 .888 3.08
 
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