Tavares Injured as Team Canada Advances to Semis

Wednesday, 02.19.2014 / 3:52 PM
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Tavares Injured as Team Canada Advances to Semis

Team Canada advanced to the semifinals with a 2-1 win over Latvia on Wednesday afternoon, but paid a price, as John Tavares left the game with a lower-body injury.

Tavares exited in the second period after taking a hit from Latvian defenseman Arturs Kulda and did not return. NHL.com reported that the Islanders captain would not return to play in the medal rounds.

The heavily-favored Canadians were given a scare by the underdog Latvians, as the teams were tied 1-1 for 37:25, until Shea Weber broke through with a power-play goal with 6:54 to play. Weber’s winner – a trademark blast from the point – came on Canada’s 54th shot. Overall, Canada outshot Latvia 57-16, marking an impressive performance by goalie Kristers Gudlevskis, who made 55 saves in the loss.

Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Sharp and Latvia’s Lauris Darzins rounded out the scoring

With the win, Canada advanced to Friday’s semifinals and will play the United States in a rematch of the 2010 gold medal game. Puck drop is at noon eastern time [NBCSN, CBC].

Click here for the full NHL.com recap.

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - MTL 76 47 21 8 200 169 102
2 x - NYR 75 47 21 7 228 177 101
3 TBL 76 46 23 7 244 198 99
4 PIT 76 42 23 11 210 190 95
5 NYI 77 45 27 5 235 215 95
6 DET 75 40 23 12 220 206 92
7 WSH 76 41 25 10 223 188 92
8 BOS 76 38 25 13 201 196 89
9 OTT 75 37 26 12 218 203 86
10 FLA 76 35 26 15 190 207 85
11 PHI 76 30 29 17 198 219 77
12 CBJ 75 36 35 4 207 232 76
13 NJD 76 31 33 12 168 194 74
14 CAR 75 28 36 11 174 204 67
15 TOR 76 28 42 6 198 244 62
16 BUF 75 20 47 8 144 254 48

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 77 34 43 -2 77
R. Strome 76 16 32 20 48
K. Okposo 55 16 31 -11 47
F. Nielsen 76 14 28 8 42
B. Nelson 77 19 22 7 41
A. Lee 71 23 16 10 39
J. Bailey 65 15 23 3 38
J. Boychuk 67 8 25 9 33
N. Leddy 73 10 21 14 31
T. Hamonic 67 5 26 16 31
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 36 16 2 .913 2.42
C. Johnson 8 8 1 .889 3.08

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