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Saturday, 05.10.2014 / 4:05 PM ET
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2014 IIHF World Championships Blog

The forward line of Brock Nelson, Tyler Johnson and Craig Smith accounted for two third-period goals, as Team USA fought back from a 2-1 deficit to earn a 3-2 win Saturday in Minsk, Belarus. The U.S. improved to 2-0-0 in the preliminary round of the 2014 IIHF World Championships.

Smith knotted the game 1:28 into the final frame, cleaning up a rebound from Nelson and Johnson on the power play. Johnson's game winner came with under seven minutes to play and marked Team USA's first lead of the night.

Thomas Rufenacht and Simon Moser each saw goals dissalowed on offsides calls in the third period. Rufenacht's would have given the Swiss a 3-2 lead midway through the stanza and Moser's appeared to level the score at 3-3 with five minutes remaining. Each time, play continued into the USA defensive zone after an illegal entry, as the linesman's whistles were muted by the raucous crowd.

After a scoreless first period, Switzerland got on the scoreboard first when Denis Hollenstein took a clean pass from Kevin Fiala, skated down his wing and went far side on Tim Thomas.

When Peter Mueller was whistled for tripping, Switzerland threatened to open up their lead, but the Americans killed off the penalty and created an opportunity as Mueller left the box; Tim Stapleton saw Mueller exit the box and fed him a pass that sent him off to the races. Mueller beat Reto Berra through the pads with 13:45 left in the middle period. Damien Brunner scored late in the period to break the tie for Switzerland.

U.S. goaltender Tim Thomas made 25 saves to earn the win in goal.

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 52 39 9 4 171 117 82
2 FLA 54 32 16 6 150 122 70
3 NYR 53 30 18 5 150 135 65
4 NYI 52 28 18 6 145 129 62
5 TBL 53 29 20 4 140 127 62
6 DET 53 27 18 8 133 131 62
7 BOS 53 28 19 6 153 146 62
8 PIT 52 27 18 7 138 132 61
9 NJD 55 27 21 7 122 123 61
10 MTL 55 27 24 4 147 145 58
11 CAR 54 24 21 9 130 142 57
12 OTT 54 25 23 6 153 166 56
13 PHI 52 23 20 9 122 137 55
14 BUF 54 21 27 6 124 146 48
15 CBJ 55 21 28 6 137 170 48
16 TOR 51 19 23 9 117 140 47

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2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
K. Okposo 50 15 27 -9 42
J. Tavares 49 19 22 -3 41
F. Nielsen 52 15 19 -1 34
B. Nelson 52 20 11 0 31
M. Grabovski 52 9 15 2 24
J. Bailey 51 9 15 5 24
A. Lee 52 8 15 1 23
N. Leddy 52 3 20 -8 23
R. Strome 41 6 14 -5 20
C. Clutterbuck 51 11 4 6 15
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 13 11 4 .918 2.27
T. Greiss 14 6 2 .929 2.26
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