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Pavelec saves Czechs, Canada snipes Sweden

Ondrej Pavelec stopped 18 shots to lead the Czech Republic to a 2-1 shootout win against Denmark.

Thursday, 09.05.2013 / 1:25 PM / News Articles
IIHF

2013 IIHF WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP-DAY 6

CZE 2, DEN 1


  • CAN 3, SWE 0

  PHOTO GALLERY
STOCKHOLM GROUP
COUNTRY GP W OTW OTL L PTS
SWITZERLAND 4 3 1 0 0 11
CANADA  4 3 0 1 0 10
SWEDEN 4 3 0 0 1 9
CZE REP 4 2 0 0 2 6
NORWAY 4 1 0 0 2 3
BELARUS 3 1 0 0 2 3
DENMARK 4 0 1 1 2 3
SLOVENIA 4 0 0 1 3 1

HELSINKI GROUP
COUNTRY GP W OTW OTL L PTS
RUSSIA 4 3 0 0 1 9
USA 4 3 0 0 1 9
FINLAND 4 2 1 0 1 8
SLOVAKIA 3 2 0 0 1 6
FRANCE 4 1 0 1 2 6
GERMANY 4 1 0 1 2 4
AUSTRIA 4 1 0 0 3 3
LATVIA 4 1 0 0 3 3

JETS STATS AT IIHF
NAME GP G A PTS PIM +/-
Andrew Ladd CAN 4 2 0 2 0 +2
Jacob Trouba USA 4 0 1 1 0 -2
Arturs Kulda LAT 4 1 1 2 2 -6

JETS STATS AT IIHF
NAME GP W L GAA PCT SO
Ondrej Pavelec CZE 1 1 0 .92 .947 0

CZECH REPUBLIC 2, DENMARK 1

STOCKHOLM – After two days off to clear their heads and rest up after losing to Switzerland, the Czech Republic rebounded today with a 2-1 win over Denmark. But the Czechs needed a shootout to avoid a historic loss.

The game was a nail biter with both teams scoring in the third to send the game into overtime then a shootout. Zbynek Irgl’s two goals in the shootout closed the books on a game that was closely contested.

Assistant captain Stefan Lassen was called for a double minor in the second period that provided the Czechs with the opportunity they needed. The penalty was called at 19:40 of the period. The Czech Republic would have 3:39 to start the third to get something going offensively.

Denmark started the third period strong, killing off the penalty and drawing one of their own. But still could not pull the trigger and get on the board. Zbynek Michalek’s goal at 14:07 helped break a scoreless tie as these teams were locked in a defensive struggle for the entire game.

Michalek delivered with his slapshot down the wing to provide the first goal of the game and all that would be needed. His shot went low stick side of Nielsen who was helpless to stop it. Petr Hubacek and Ladislav Smid received assists on the play.

The Danes would not give up. With 4:05 remaining in the period Morten Poulsen scored on a beautiful pass from Kim Staal. Pavelec had no chance to react and Poulsen an empty side of the net to slam it home.

"We didn't have a very good start." said Kutlak. "We waited so long to score, but then we got one and they got it back. But we have to be honest; they deserved it. They played a pretty good game."

The goal gave the Danes new life and sent the game into overtime.

In overtime Jesper B. Jensen was called for tripping, giving the Czech Republic and opportunity but to no avail. Instead the game would go to a shootout. In the second round of the shootout, Irgl’s two goals paved the path the the win.

Recently added goaltender Ondrej Pavelec provided experience and a steadying force in goal that was critical throughout, especially when the game was a scoreless tie. Pavelec arrived just in time to a Czech team that’s struggled in net over its last two games.

The Czechs will now play Slovenia tomorrow with a chance to add another win and bolster their playoff prospects. Denmark takes on the red-hot Switzerland.

JOHN SANFUL

CANADA 3, SWEDEN 0

STOCKHOLM – Canada got the only goal of the first and the only two goals of the second en route to an impressive 3-0 win over Sweden tonight at the Globe Arena. With the win, Canada moves into second place of the Stockholm group with 10 points, one behind Switzerland and one ahead of the Swedes.

Canada gets right back at it, playing Belarus tomorrow night, while Tre Kronor have a day off before playing Slovenia.

Steven Stamkos opened the scoring for Canada on the power play. Defenceman Brian Campbell sent a nice cross-ice pass from the top of the right face-off circle over to Stamkos who blasted the puck past Jhonas Enroth for the 1-0 lead at 8:56.

Canada was blessed with a handful of brilliant chances but weren't able to solve Enroth. Captain Eric Staal also had a breakaway near the end of the period, only to be foiled by the Swedish goalie.

Canada took charge just 55 seconds into the second period when Luke Schenn took a pass from Matt Read, waited half a beat, and then roofed a shot over Enroth’s glove.

Canada made it 3-0 at 11:00 when Jordan Staal came out of the penalty box to create a two-on-one with Ryan O’Reilly. O’Reilly made a perfect pass, and Staal ripped a shot into the open side. Coach Pär Mårts called a timeout, but it had little effect. The Swedes hardly tested Mike Smith and failed to control the puck anywhere on the ice.

The Swedes had a great chance to get back into the game with an early power play in the final period, but Martin Thörnberg blasted a shot high over an open net and the moment was lost.

ANDREW PODNIEKS

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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 54 20 8 266 209 116
2 y - COL 82 52 22 8 250 220 112
3 x - STL 82 52 23 7 248 191 111
4 x - SJS 82 51 22 9 249 200 111
5 x - CHI 82 46 21 15 267 220 107
6 x - LAK 82 46 28 8 206 174 100
7 x - MIN 82 43 27 12 207 206 98
8 x - DAL 82 40 31 11 235 228 91
9 PHX 82 37 30 15 216 231 89
10 NSH 82 38 32 12 216 242 88
11 WPG 82 37 35 10 227 237 84
12 VAN 82 36 35 11 196 223 83
13 CGY 82 35 40 7 209 241 77
14 EDM 82 29 44 9 203 270 67

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
B. Wheeler 82 28 41 4 69
B. Little 82 23 41 8 64
D. Byfuglien 78 20 36 -20 56
A. Ladd 78 23 31 8 54
O. Jokinen 82 18 25 -8 43
M. Frolik 81 15 27 8 42
E. Kane 63 19 22 -7 41
M. Scheifele 63 13 21 9 34
T. Enstrom 82 10 20 -9 30
J. Trouba 65 10 19 4 29
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Montoya 13 8 3 .920 2.30
O. Pavelec 22 26 7 .901 3.01