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POSTED ON Monday, 05.07.2012 / 8:55 AM

Swiss captain Mark Streit led all skaters in icetime with 24:25, while Simon Moser scored two goals to lift Switzerland to a 3-2 victory over Belarus Sunday in Helsinki.

Nino Niederreiter led Swiss forwards in ice time (19:56) as his club improved to 2-0 in the tournament. Streit is tied with Ivo Ruthemann for the club lead in points with two goals and one assist.

Switzerland returns to action Tuesday, May 8 at 1:15 p.m. against Finland.

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POSTED ON Sunday, 05.06.2012 / 10:00 AM

ITALY 4, DENMARK 3 (OT)

Italy’s Giulio Scandella’s overtime goal gave his team a 4-3 win over Denmark Saturday in Stockholm.

It was also Italy's first win against Denmark in four tries at the World Championships.

Denmark Assistant Captain Frans Nielsen recorded an assist for his first point of the tournament, as his club fell to 0-2.

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POSTED ON Saturday, 05.05.2012 / 3:45 PM

USA 5, CANADA 4 (OT)


Jack Johnson scored his second goal of the game 1:47 into overtime to lift the United States to a 5-4 win over Canada on Saturday at the hockey world championships.

Jim Slater, Patrick Dwyer and Nate Thompson also scored in regulation for the Americans (2-0-0), who beat Canada at the event for the first time since 2001 and just the fourth time in 42 tries overall.

John Tavares, Jeff Skinner, Evander Kane and Duncan Keith scored for Canada (1-0-1).

Jimmy Howard stopped 42 shots for the U.S., while Cam Ward had 29 saves for Canada.

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Game Highlights
Tavares opened the scoring for Team Canada, beating Jimmy Howard from in tight.
Late Penalty
Tavares bats a puck out of mid air and takes an inadvertent delay of game penalty in the closing seconds.   


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POSTED ON Saturday, 05.05.2012 / 3:36 PM

SWITZERLAND 5, KAZAKHSTAN 1

Photo: Jeff Vinnick / HHOF-IIHF Images
Swiss team captain Mark Streit scored two goal and added an assist, while goaltender Reto Berra made 19 saves in Switzerland's 5-1 win over Kazakhstan Saturday in Helsinki.

"There are no easy games in this tournament, all teams can play. Fortunately, we got an early lead," Streit said.

"We knew we couldn't have any turnovers in the neutral zone. We wanted to get the puck deep into their zone, cycle it there, and get them tired. That's what we did, they took a couple of penalties, and we took advantage of that," he added.

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POSTED ON Friday, 05.04.2012 / 12:56 PM

Frans Nielsen led all Denmark forwards in icetime with 20:15 and unloaded four shots on goal, but could not solve Czech goalie Jakub Kovar as Denmark fell 2-0 in their first game of the IIHF World Championships Friday in Helsinki.

Ales Hemsky and Petr Tenkrat scored for the Czech Republic. Nielsen and Denmark return to action on Sunday, May 6 at 5:15 am EST against Italy.
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POSTED ON Friday, 05.04.2012 / 11:29 AM

Jamie Benn, Jordan Eberle and Andrew Ladd scored goals as Canada defeated Slovakia 3-2 on the opening day of the 2012 IIHF World Hockey Championship.

Benn scored with just under six minutes left in the first period to put Canada in front. Ryan Getzlaf drew an assist on the goal after straddling the blueline with the puck and setting up Benn with a pretty feed.

Tatar, a Detroit Red Wings prospect, scored on a hard snap shot early in the second period to even things up.

Eberle scored from a bad angle after some hard work by Evander Kane caused a turnover in the Slovakia zone, putting Canada back in front mid-way through the second period.

Ladd scored with a high shot from the slot with 4:35 remaining to make it 3-1 for Canada.

Milan Batovic scored three minutes into the third to pull Slovakia within one, just minutes after Canada's Jeff Skinner had rifled one off the crossbar, but the Slovaks would not be able to come up with another equalizer.



GAME HIGHLIGHTS
Watch highlights from Canada's 3-2 win over Slovakia from Friday, May 4 in Helsinki

POSTGAME REACTION
Watch what Cam Ward, Jordan Eberle and other Team Canada players had to say about the win 


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POSTED ON Friday, 05.04.2012 / 9:21 AM

USA 7, FRANCE 2


Kyle Okposo scored two goals, Max Pacioretty scored one and picked up two assists and Alex Goligoski had two points as Team USA defeated France 7-2 Friday in Helsinki.



Okposo's Goal
Watch the Isles forward beat France goaltender Cristobal Huet with a short-side snipe.
 
Postgame Reaction
Okposo and other Team USA players react to their 7-2 win over France after Game 1 of the 2012 IIHF Worlds
 


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Kyle Okposo
(St. Paul, Minn./New York Islanders/Univ. of Minnesota) scored twice and Max Pacioretty (New Canaan, Conn./Montreal Canadiens/Univ. of Michigan) tallied a goal and two assists as the U.S. Men's National Team defeated France, 7-2, here today at Hartwall Arena in the opening game of the 2012 International Ice Hockey Federation Men's World Championship.


"It's obviously good to open with a win," said Scott Gordon, head coach of the U.S. Men's National Team. "It was a much closer game than the final score indicated. I like what I've seen from our team so far, both in the two games we've played and in practice."

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POSTED ON Friday, 05.04.2012 / 9:16 AM

The NBC Sports Network will televise 13 games of the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) Men's World Championship, May 4-20, in Helsinki, Finland, and Stockholm, Sweden, including all Team USA games, a Semifinal matchup and the Gold Medal game.

All Team USA games will air live on NBC Sports Network, with the exception of its preliminary-round game on May 5, which will be aired later that night on delay.

NBC Sports Network will also produce pre-game, intermission and post-game updates from the network’s NHL studios in Stamford, Conn., providing viewers with expert analysis of the games before during and after the action.

NBC Sports Network’s 2012 IIHF World Men's Championships schedule, (Please note all times are subject to change):

Date Opponent Location Time

Fri., May 4 France Helsinki 5 a.m. ET

Sat., May 5 Canada Helsinki 10:30 p.m. ET (TAPE DELAY)

Mon., May 7 Slovakia Helsinki 1 p.m. ET

Thurs., May 10 Belarus Helsinki 9 a.m. ET

Fri., May 11 Kazakhstan Helsinki 9 a.m. ET

Sun., May 13 Finland Helsinki 9 a.m. ET

Tues., May 15 Switzerland Helsinki 1 p.m. ET

Thurs., May 17 Quarterfinals Helsinki 6 a.m. ET

Quarterfinals Stockholm 8:30 a.m. ET

Quarterfinals Helsinki 11 a.m. ET

Quarterfinals Stockholm 2 p.m. ET

Sat., May 19 Semifinals Helsinki TBD

Sun., May 20 Gold Medal game Helsinki 9 p.m. ET

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 05.01.2012 / 5:12 PM

CANADA 4, SWITZERLAND 2
John Tavares scored Team Canada's first goal and assisted on the game-winner en route to a 4-2 victory over Switzerland Tuesday in Canada's final exhibition game prior to the 2012 IIHF World Championship.

Tavares and Andrew Ladd gave Canada a 2-0 lead before Roman Wick and Damien Brunner replied for the Swiss on the power play in the second.

Sharp snapped the 2-2 tie and then picked up an assist on Jeff Skinner's empty-net goal to seal the victory.

Cam Ward started and picked up the win for Canada, which opens the tournament against Slovakia on Friday in Helsinki, Finland.

The forward line of Tavares, Skinner and Sharp combined for seven points. Tavares was named the player of the game.


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DENMARK 4, ITALY 2

Frans Nielsen had a four-point game with a goal and three assists to lead Denmark to a 4-1 victory over Italy in Denmark's final exhibition before the 2012 IIHF World Championship. Nielsen was named the Player of the Game.

Nielsen and Denmark open tournament play on Friday, May 4 against the Czech Republic in Stockholm.
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POSTED ON Tuesday, 05.01.2012 / 1:25 PM

GAVLE, Sweden - Kyle Okposo and Jim Slater each tallied a goal and an assist as the U.S. Men's National Team defeated Sweden 3-2, in a pre-tournament game prior to the 2012 International Ice Hockey Federation Men's World Championship.

"It was a good first game for our team," said Scott Gordon, head coach of the U.S. Men's National Team. "I liked our pace and we created some quality scoring chances. We look forward to the start of the tournament."

Slater gave the U.S. an early lead at 1:55 of the first period when he netted a pass from Okposo at the top of the crease. Jimmy Howard  stopped all 19 shots he faced in the opening frame to give Team USA a 1-0 lead heading into the first intermission.

Bobby Ryan gave the U.S. a 2-0 lead at 3:32 of the second period with a wrist shot from the top of the right circle that snuck under Sweden goaltender Viktor Fasth. Paul Stastny assisted on the tally. Okposo extended the U.S. lead to 3-0 when he banged home a rebound at 10:40. But Sweden tacked on two goals in the last five minutes of the period to make it a 3-2 game heading into the final frame.

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 61 40 16 5 167 135 85
2 NYR 60 38 16 6 190 148 82
3 NYI 62 40 20 2 200 173 82
4 TBL 62 37 19 6 203 167 80
5 DET 60 34 15 11 176 156 79
6 PIT 61 35 17 9 176 152 79
7 WSH 62 33 19 10 184 156 76
8 BOS 60 29 22 9 158 158 67
9 FLA 61 26 22 13 145 172 65
10 PHI 62 26 25 11 164 181 63
11 OTT 59 26 23 10 167 161 62
12 NJD 61 25 27 9 137 161 59
13 CBJ 60 26 30 4 157 189 56
14 TOR 61 25 31 5 170 185 55
15 CAR 59 22 30 7 134 159 51
16 BUF 62 19 38 5 120 207 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 62 29 34 4 63
K. Okposo 46 14 30 -2 44
R. Strome 62 13 26 21 39
B. Nelson 62 17 19 6 36
F. Nielsen 62 11 25 11 36
A. Lee 56 20 12 12 32
J. Bailey 50 12 19 10 31
J. Boychuk 52 7 22 15 29
N. Leddy 62 8 17 14 25
T. Hamonic 52 4 19 16 23
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 32 13 0 .910 2.49
C. Johnson 8 7 1 .890 2.95

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