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USA battles to the top

Team USA downs France 4-2, to take over top spot in Group H.

Saturday, 11.05.2013 / 11:38 AM / News Articles
IIHF

2013 IIHF WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP-DAY 9

USA 4, FRA 2


STOCKHOLM GROUP
COUNTRY GP W OTW OTL L PTS
CANADA 5 4 0 1 0 13
SWITZERLAND
4 3 1 0 0 11
SWEDEN 5 3 0 0 2 9
CZE REP 5 2 1 0 2 8
NORWAY 4 2 0 0 2 6
BELARUS 4 1 0 0 3 3
DENMARK 4 0 1 1 2 3
SLOVENIA 5 0 0 1 3 1

HELSINKI GROUP
COUNTRY GP W OTW OTL L PTS
USA 5 4 0 0 1 11
FINLAND 5 3 1 0 1 11
RUSSIA 5 3 0 0 2 9
SLOVAKIA 5 2 0 1 2 7
FRANCE 5 1 0 1 3 6
AUSTRIA 5 1 1 0 3 5
GERMANY 4 1 0 1 2 4
LATVIA 4 1 0 0 3 3

JETS STATS AT IIHF
NAME GP G A PTS PIM +/-
Andrew Ladd CAN 5 3 1 4 2 +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 2 2 0 1.44 .931 0

USA 4, FRANCE 2

HELSINKI – France pushed Team USA, and pushed hard, but Team USA was too strong. They took their fourth win in the tournament, as they beat France 4-2.

With the win, Team USA took over the top spot in Group H.

"Every team in this tournament can beat anyone. It's one game, and if you don't show up to play, you're not going to get the win. Every regulation win is huge, and to get that today puts us in a good spot," said USA's Stephen Gionta.

Ten different players collected points, Ben Bishop made 13 saves for the USA. Cristobal Huet stopped the puck 31 times in France’s goal.

France opened the game strong, forechecking hard and matching the Americans’ speed in all three zones. Unfortunately for the French, they got into some penalty trouble, and the game’s momentum shifted to Team USA.

France's coach Dave Henderson wasn't pleased with the team's competition level.

"We didn't compete as hard as we've done in our previous games, and it shows on the scoreboard," he said.

While Team USA couldn’t convert on their two power plays in the first 6:45 of the game, Vincent Bachet had just skated from the penalty box to the bench when Tim Stapleton got the puck on the blueline. He sent a wrist shot towards the French net, and Stephen Gionta deflected it to the back of the net, stunning Cristobal Huet in France’s goal.

With 2:43 remaining in the first period, Team USA made it 2-0, after some nifty passing in the French zone. Tim Stapleton got the puck in the corner, he carried to the top of the left faceoff circle, drawing a French defender to him. Then he sent the puck across the slot to Drew Le Blanc who backhanded it to Bobby Butler, who slammed it into an empty French net from the back door.

France got back into the game in the second period, when Team USA took two penalties seven minutes into the action as Paul Stastny and Erik Johnson took slashing minors just 15 seconds apart.

Kevin Hecquefeuille passed it to Pierre-Edouard Bellemare on the left faceoff dot, Bellemare sent it right back to Hecquefeuille who one timed a slapshot from the slot, and with Sacha Treille screening Bishop’s view, the shot went top-shelf and made it a one-goal game at 8:24.

On equal strength, Team USA took over the game, but Huet came up big in the last minutes of the second period, stopping a shot from point blank range on an American partial breakaway.

France’s comeback was delayed by two penalties in the first three minutes, which the team had to kill before it began its chase. The team in blue created several good chances during Bobby Butler’s penalty halfway through the period, but Bishop was big in the U.S. goal.

And then, with 8:23 remaining in the third period, Paul Stastny had an easy job to backhand a loose puck into an empty French net, to make it 3-1, when Craig Smith fanned on a shot which threw the French defence - and Huet - off while the puck went straight to Stastny.

"We tried to play our best. We knew it wasn't going to be an easy game for us. We know how to play well defensively, but we made a few mistakes and they scored on their chances," Brian Henderson said.

Less than two minutes later, David Moss deflected Justin Faulk’s shot past Huet, to make it 4-1 on the power play.

With a minute and a half left in the game, France scored their second of the game, when team captain Laurent Meunier - back in the lineup after his trip home to be at the birth of his child - won a faceoff in USA's zone. Julien Desrosiers took a shot, and Yorick Treille slammed the rebound in to make it 4-2.

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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