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Team USA eliminated after 4-3 loss to Czechs

Thursday, 05.22.2014 / 12:06 PM
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2014 IIHF World Championships Blog
Team USA eliminated after 4-3 loss to Czechs

Brock Nelson scored his fifth goal of the tournament in the opening minutes of the game, as Team USA was eliminated from the IIHF World Championships after losing 4-3 to the Czech Republic on Thursday.

Nelson , who finished the tournament with seven points (5G, 2A) gave the Americans the early 1-0 lead off a redirection, but the Czechs roared back with four unanswered goals to take a commanding 4-1 lead. Team USA rallied for two goals in the final 1:10 of regulation, but could not complete the comeback.

The turning point came 6:41 into the second period, when Team USA captain Justin Abdelkader picked up a major charging penalty and was ejected from the contest. The Czechs scored twice in the first 1:25 of Abdelkader’s major, on goals by Tomas Hertl and Roman Cervenkar.

Team USA got into more penalty trouble at the end of the period, as Ondrej Nemec notched the Czech’s third power-play goal with 3:41 to play in the period.

The Americans rallied in the final 1:10, as Tyler Johnson scored his team-leading fifth and sixth goals of the tournament. Johnson’s goals came 13 seconds apart, but despite controlling the play in the final minute, Team USA could not convert.

After skating to a bronze medal last year, Team USA leaves Belarus empty-handed. Nelson led all Islanders in points with seven, while Matt Donovan scored twice and Colin McDonald tallied once.

Read USA Hockey recap.

IIHF Boxscore.

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 PIT 32 22 6 4 102 72 48
2 NYI 33 23 10 0 104 91 46
3 MTL 34 21 11 2 92 83 44
4 TBL 35 20 11 4 113 93 44
5 DET 33 17 8 8 93 82 42
6 TOR 33 19 11 3 114 98 41
7 WSH 32 16 10 6 95 85 38
8 NYR 30 16 10 4 92 81 36
9 FLA 31 14 9 8 69 79 36
10 BOS 33 16 14 3 82 85 35
11 OTT 33 14 13 6 89 92 34
12 CBJ 32 14 15 3 79 102 31
13 PHI 32 12 14 6 88 96 30
14 NJD 35 12 17 6 77 102 30
15 BUF 33 13 18 2 63 105 28
16 CAR 32 9 19 4 68 91 22

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 33 13 15 -5 28
K. Okposo 33 7 21 -3 28
B. Nelson 33 14 13 6 27
R. Strome 33 6 15 12 21
F. Nielsen 33 6 11 1 17
N. Leddy 33 5 10 8 15
J. Boychuk 23 2 12 7 14
N. Kulemin 33 6 7 -2 13
M. Grabovski 30 5 7 3 12
T. Hickey 32 2 9 2 11
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 18 6 0 .919 2.24
C. Johnson 5 4 0 .868 3.59

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