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Czechs book date with Swiss

Ondrej Pavelec made 11 saves while Pavel Francouz made the other seven as the goaltending duo shutout Norway.

Tuesday, 05.14.2013 / 3:23 PM CT / News Articles
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Czechs book date with Swiss
Ondrej Pavelec made 11 saves while Pavel Francouz made the other seven as the goaltending duo shutout Norway.

2013 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP-DAY 12

CZECH REP. 7, NORWAY 0


STOCKHOLM GROUP
COUNTRY GP W OTW OTL L PTS
CANADA 7 5 1 1 0 18
SWITZERLAND
6 5 1 0 0 17
SWEDEN 6 4 0 0 2 12
CZECH REP. 7 3 1 0 3 11
NORWAY 7 3 0 0 4 9
DENMARK 6 1 1 1 3 6
BELARUS 7 1 0 0 6 3
SLOVENIA 7 0 0 2 5 2

HELSINKI GROUP
COUNTRY GP W OTW OTL L PTS
RUSSIA 7 5 0 0 2 15
USA 7 5 0 0 2 15
FINLAND 6 4 1 0 1 14
SLOVAKIA 7 3 0 1 3 10
GERMANY 7 2 1 1 3 9
FRANCE 7 2 0 1 4 7
LATVIA 6 2 0 0 4 6
AUSTRIA 7 1 1 0 5 5

JETS STATS AT IIHF
NAME GP G A PTS PIM +/-
Andrew Ladd CAN 7 3 1 4 2 +2
Jacob Trouba USA 4 0 1 1 0 0
Arturs Kulda LAT 6 1 1 2 4 -5

JETS STATS AT IIHF
NAME GP W L GAA PCT SO
Ondrej Pavelec CZE 4 3 1 1.26 .937 1

CZECH REPUBLIC 7, NORWAY 0

Plekanec was playing his first game of the tournament after coming over from the recently-eliminated Montreal Canadiens. The win gives the Czechs fourth place and a date with unbeaten Switzerland on Thursday.

Ondrej Pavelec and Pavel Francouz shared the shutout, stopping 17 shots. For Francouz, who played the last 6:28, this was his first World Championship appearance.

"It was a game we knew we had to win," said Czech forward Martin Hanzal. "We did what we were supposed to do to get to the quarter-finals. We had a meeting before the game and watched video and executed exactly what we were told by the coach. It was a great game. Now the tournament begins."

Norway was simply no match for the inspired and intense Czechs, who came out flying and built an insurmountable lead by the midway point of the midway point of the opening period. Plekanec took a shot which was jammed home by Tomas Fleischmann for the first goal just 1:45 into the game.

Five and a half minutes later, the two combined again, Fleischmann scoring on a backhand wraparound that goalie Lars Haugen played poorly.

The third goal was a thriller. Taking a faceoff outside the Norway blue line, Plekanec poked the draw through his opponent’s feet, chased it down, and passed to a wide open Jiri Tlusty who snapped a third goal past Haugen.

Coach Roy Johansen pulled Haugen in favour of Lars Volden half a minute later.

The Czechs played flawless hockey in the second and added two goals to their ledger, both the result of terrible plays by Volden. On the first, he stopped a long shot from Jakub Voracek but misplayed the puck badly, giving Hanzal an empty net. After scoring, he pocketed the puck.

"It was my first goal at the World Championships, so it was important for me to remember this goal and this game," Hanzal said.

The fifth goal came with less than one second left on the clock. A long, fluttering shot by Zbynek Michalek bounced off Volden’s shoulder and the post, and in. Video review showed 0.2 seconds remaining on the clock.

Radim Vrbata and Zbynek Irgl added goals 21 seconds apart midway through the third to add salt to the wound.

Author: ANDREW PODNIEKS

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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - ANA 77 48 22 7 225 215 103
2 x - NSH 76 47 21 8 218 183 102
3 STL 75 46 22 7 228 186 99
4 MIN 76 44 25 7 219 186 95
5 CHI 74 44 24 6 209 172 94
6 VAN 75 43 27 5 215 203 91
7 WPG 75 39 24 12 212 197 90
8 LAK 75 37 24 14 200 188 88
9 CGY 75 40 28 7 219 199 87
10 DAL 76 37 29 10 236 243 84
11 SJS 75 37 30 8 210 212 82
12 COL 75 35 28 12 205 209 82
13 EDM 75 22 40 13 181 254 57
14 ARI 76 23 45 8 160 252 54

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
A. Ladd 75 24 35 11 59
B. Wheeler 73 24 34 24 58
B. Little 65 24 27 10 51
M. Scheifele 75 14 32 10 46
D. Byfuglien 66 16 27 7 43
M. Frolik 75 17 23 4 40
D. Stafford 69 16 24 -14 40
M. Perreault 56 18 18 3 36
J. Tlusty 65 14 15 -18 29
T. Myers 65 7 18 -9 25
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
O. Pavelec 19 14 7 .919 2.35
M. Hutchinson 20 10 5 .913 2.43
 
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