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USA routs Russia in quarters, Swiss down Czech

Jacob Trouba scores his first of the tournament to help lift the Americans over the Russians.

Thursday, 16.05.2013 / 10:29 AM / News Articles
IIHF

QUARTERFINALS

USA 8, RUSSIA 3


STOCKHOLM GROUP
COUNTRY GP W OTW OTL L PTS
SWITZERLAND
7 6 1 1 0 20
CANADA
7 5 1 1 0 18
SWEDEN 7 5 0 0 2 17
CZECH REP. 7 3 1 0 3 11
NORWAY 7 3 0 0 4 9
DENMARK 7 1 1 1 4 6
BELARUS 7 1 0 0 6 3
SLOVENIA 7 0 0 2 5 2

HELSINKI GROUP
COUNTRY GP W OTW OTL L PTS
FINLAND 7 4 2 0 1 16
RUSSIA 7 5 0 0 2 15
USA 7 5 0 0 2 15
SLOVAKIA 7 3 0 1 3 10
GERMANY 7 2 1 1 3 9
LATVIA 7 2 0 1 4 7
FRANCE 7 2 0 1 4 7
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 5 1 1 2 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

USA 8, RUSSIA 3

That's more than Russia (or the Soviet Union) had ever allowed in a World Championship game before today's game.

Craig Smith had five assists, while team captain Paul Stastny scored two and added two assists, and John Gibson made 31 saves for the Americans. The 19-year-old, who led the U.S. to World Junior gold in January, came to Helsinki with only one professional game (for the AHL’s Norfolk Admirals) under his belt.

Alexander Ovechkin, who arrived yesterday, scored one and added an assist for Russia. He was selected as best player for his team.

"We are where we wanted to be coming into this tournament," said the USA's Stephen Gionta. "We took care of what we had to to, and we got some bounces our way, which is always nice."

"I thought we played a pretty solid team game today," Gionta continued. "We tried to clog up everything, take away their speed, and keep the puck in their end. I think our game plan worked."

The Americans opened the scoring midway through the first period. They cycled the puck in the Russian corner, and Craig Smith shook off a Russian defenseman, spun around and sent a backhander out front. Ilya Nikulin had missed Paul Stastny driving to the net, and Smith’s pass landed right on Stastny’s stick. He slammed it in at 11:53 to give the USA a lead in the game.

Bilyaletdinov looked even more worried when T.J. Oshie beat Ilya Bryzgalov with a wrister from the right faceoff dot exactly 40 seconds later. Tim Stapleton sent a nice pass to an empty space, and Oshie picked it up and fired a shot that went under Bryzgalov’s arm and into the net.

But Russia made it a one-goal game less than three minutes later, when Sergei Soin won a puck battle in the neutral zone, carried the the puck to the Russian zone, and spun around and sent a pass through the slot. Alexander Svitov one-timed it in at the far post, with four and a half minutes remaining in the period.

The Russians had the game’s first power play at the end of the first period, and to start the second, but they couldn’t capitalize on it.

Russia put the U.S. on their heels early in the second period, but right in the middle of another Russian attack, they turned the puck over at the American blue line. Ryan Carter picked it up, and drove down the right lane, and then found Nate Thompson driving to the net. Thompson one-timed Carter’s saucer pass through Bryzgalov’s five-hole, and the puck hit the post and crossed the goal line at 5:45 into the period, giving the U.S. a two-goal cushion again.

Another Russian turnover, this time in their own zone, turned out to be costly. Yevgeni Kuznetsov was trying to move the puck forward one-handed, but Paul Stastny intercepted his pass, and moved the puck quickly to Craig Smith on the right faceoff dot. Alex Galchenyuk drove to the net, and as Smith’s saucer pass landed on his stick, he deked Bryzgalov, putting the puck in and giving Team USA a 4-1 lead with 2:29 remaining in the second period.

After the following shift, coach Bilyaletdinov made a goalie change, inserting backup Semyon Varlamov.

Ovechkin cut the deficit to two goals for the Russians just 1:33 into the third period. He went around Stephen Gionta and took a shot from the outside, but his hard wrist shot beat Gibson on the short side. The video review showed that the puck hit the back of the net and came out of the net as quickly as it had entered it.

On the next shift, Gionta received a roughing minor, and the Russian power play got to work. Alexander Radulov had the puck on the blue line, and fanned on it, sending Carter and Thompson on a 2-on-1 attack. This time Carter took the shot himself, and beat Varlamov with a shot through the five-hole, at 2:55.

At 3:40 of the third, the Russian power play clicked. Ovechkin, standng at the half-boards, sent the puck to Popov, who found Alexander Perezhogin in the slot, and he beat Gibson with a wrist shot from up close.

With 11:49 remaining in the game, Jacob Trouba made it 6-3 with a good shot from the point through traffic.

David Moss sent a wrist shot from the high slot, and beat Varlamov through the five-hole, at 9:56. Just 11 seconds later, Stastny completed the rout with a wrist shot from the door step, assisted by Craig Smith with another beautiful no-look pass.

The goal was Stastny’s 13th point in the tournament, temporarily putting him into a tie with Kovalchuk for the overall points lead.

Team USA moves on to the semi-final, and takes on the winner of the Switzerland-Czech Republic game.

Author: RISTO PAKARINEN

SWITZERLAND 2, CZECH REPUBLIC 1

STOCKHOLM – Switzerland has done the improbable. Paced by exceptional defence and timely scoring, Switzerland defeated Czech Republic 2-1 in the first quarter-final game of the 2013 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship in Stockholm, Sweden.

Switzerland now faces Team USA in the semi-finals on Saturday.

Head coach Sean Simpson has taken this team from 11th place in 2012 to its first semi-final appearance since 1998 on the momentum of eight straight wins in this tournament. Switzerland’s last quarter-final appearance was in 2010, losing 1-0 to Germany.

Last year the Czech Republic made the quarter-finals where they beat Sweden here in Stockholm on their way to a bronze medal.

Switzerland made it 1-0 when Denis Hollenstein scored. Severin Blindenbacher’s thread the needle pass to Hollenstein out the Swiss out in front.  For Hollenstein, who was tied for the team lead in scoring coming into the game, it was his fourth goal of the World Championship.

Switzerland was forced to employ their shorthanded special teams units in the first. Three minor penalties were killed off between the first and second period. Their power play that’s been the catalyst for their run in the tournament was important in the middle period and help to establish a two-goal lead.

Roman Josi, also having his finest individual performance at this tournament, made it 2-0 on the power play at 13:08. Up with a two goal lead, Switzerland would further close the door on the Czechs.

The Czech Republic cut the lead in the third with Zdenek Kutlak’s power play goal at 5:29. With the assist, Tomas Plekanec has four helpers in his only two games of the tournament.

The Czechs tried everything they could to tie things up as time dwindled down in regulation. With a minute left in the game, Pavelec went to the bench for an extra skater. Thought they tried to equalize the game, the Czech Republic would fall short.

When the final buzzer sounded, Swiss fans in attendance were jubilant.

For Martin Gerber it was sweet vindication. He started Switzerland’s last quarter-final game that his team lost in 2010. Getting the win for his team and moving to the semi-finals against Team USA brought satisfaction.

Author: JOHN SANFUL

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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