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Grabner Powers Austria to 3-1 Win Over Norway

Sunday, 02.16.2014 / 11:25 AM
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Grabner Powers Austria to 3-1 Win Over Norway

Islanders forward Michael Grabner led Team Austria with two goals and one assist to a 3-1 victory over Norway early Sunday morning. The win sealed a third seed in the four-team Group C and a date with Slovenia in the qualification round on Tuesday.

After playing on separate lines the first two games of the tournament, Grabner played alongside fellow Islanders forward Thomas Vanek in Sunday’s game. Although Vanek didn’t find his name on the scoresheet, the results proved to be successful as Austria picked up its first win and Grabner became the tournament’s first player to reach five goals.

Former New York Islanders defenseman Thomas Pock earned the primary assist on Grabner’s first goal of the game at 4:27 of the first period. His second goal came on a breakaway with just 1:37 to seal the game for “The Eagles.”

Many speculated that the speedy Grabner would excel on the wider international ice surface. The statistics seem to have proven that so far, but the first-time Olympian doesn’t attribute his goal-scoring prowess to the extra room.

"I think it is harder on the big ice," Grabner told NHL.com. "The d-men stay a little further back, so you have to make up more ground. In the NHL, you take a couple steps and you're behind them."

The tournament becomes single elimination beginning with Tuesday’s qualification round. Should Austria defeat Slovenia, Grabner, Vanek and the rest of the squad will face the overall number one seed in the quarterfinals on Wednesday.

Click here for NHL.com’s full recap

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 63 41 17 5 171 139 87
2 NYI 65 41 21 3 207 182 85
3 NYR 62 39 17 6 196 153 84
4 TBL 65 39 20 6 213 171 84
5 DET 61 35 15 11 180 159 81
6 PIT 62 36 17 9 181 155 81
7 WSH 65 35 20 10 193 162 80
8 BOS 62 31 22 9 165 161 71
9 FLA 64 28 23 13 156 181 69
10 PHI 64 27 25 12 170 186 66
11 OTT 61 27 23 11 173 166 65
12 NJD 64 27 27 10 144 165 64
13 TOR 64 26 33 5 173 195 57
14 CBJ 63 26 33 4 163 201 56
15 CAR 62 24 31 7 144 167 55
16 BUF 64 19 40 5 123 215 43

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 65 30 35 4 65
K. Okposo 46 14 30 -2 44
R. Strome 65 14 28 23 42
B. Nelson 65 17 20 7 37
F. Nielsen 65 11 25 13 36
A. Lee 59 21 13 13 34
J. Bailey 53 13 19 11 32
J. Boychuk 55 7 23 14 30
N. Leddy 65 8 18 16 26
T. Hamonic 55 4 21 16 25
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 33 13 1 .911 2.47
C. Johnson 8 8 1 .889 3.08

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