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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
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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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 54 40 10 4 178 124 84
2 FLA 56 32 18 6 153 132 70
3 NYR 55 31 18 6 157 140 68
4 BOS 55 30 19 6 163 150 66
5 DET 55 28 18 9 138 134 65
6 TBL 54 30 20 4 144 130 64
7 NYI 54 29 19 6 153 137 64
8 PIT 54 28 19 7 139 136 63
9 NJD 56 28 21 7 124 124 63
10 CAR 56 25 21 10 137 146 60
11 PHI 54 24 20 10 128 140 58
12 MTL 56 27 25 4 151 151 58
13 OTT 57 25 26 6 159 177 56
14 CBJ 57 23 28 6 144 175 52
15 BUF 56 22 28 6 131 155 50
16 TOR 54 20 25 9 127 151 49

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Jagr 53 17 23 13 40
J. Huberdeau 56 11 29 10 40
J. Jokinen 56 11 27 12 38
V. Trocheck 56 17 18 2 35
A. Barkov 43 16 19 13 35
R. Smith 56 18 16 11 34
B. Pirri 52 11 13 -4 24
A. Ekblad 52 11 13 17 24
B. Campbell 56 5 18 20 23
N. Bjugstad 41 9 10 -5 19
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 24 14 5 .924 2.29
A. Montoya 8 4 1 .926 2.06

 
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