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USA 3, Switzerland 2

Saturday, 05.10.2014 / 4:05 PM
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2014 IIHF World Championships Blog
USA 3, Switzerland 2

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.

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 TBL 50 31 15 4 163 132 66
2 MTL 47 31 13 3 127 108 65
3 NYI 48 32 15 1 157 135 65
4 DET 49 28 12 9 145 128 65
5 PIT 49 28 13 8 145 125 64
6 WSH 48 25 14 9 144 124 59
7 BOS 49 26 16 7 131 123 59
8 NYR 46 27 15 4 135 111 58
9 FLA 46 21 15 10 114 129 52
10 PHI 50 21 22 7 139 151 49
11 TOR 50 22 24 4 144 155 48
12 OTT 47 19 19 9 129 134 47
13 CBJ 47 21 23 3 119 148 45
14 NJD 49 18 22 9 110 137 45
15 CAR 48 17 25 6 104 125 40
16 BUF 50 14 33 3 94 179 31

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 48 23 25 -1 48
K. Okposo 46 14 30 -2 44
R. Strome 48 9 25 16 34
B. Nelson 48 15 15 5 30
F. Nielsen 48 9 17 4 26
J. Boychuk 38 4 21 16 25
J. Bailey 36 8 14 7 22
N. Leddy 48 7 14 14 21
N. Kulemin 48 11 9 0 20
A. Lee 42 13 5 6 18
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 26 10 0 .912 2.42
C. Johnson 6 5 0 .870 3.38

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