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Pickard Posts Shutout in WJC Debut

Sunday, 12.28.2008 / 6:55 PM CT / WorldJuniors
By Jay Levin  - Nashville Predators
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Pickard Posts Shutout in WJC Debut
World Junior Championships Day 3
A pair of Preds prospects made contributions in Day 3 at the World Junior Championships as Chet Pickard made his tournament debut for Canada with an 11-save shutout and forward Jani Lajunen scored his first goal of the tournament in Finland’s match-up against Russia. Team USA, with Jonathon Blum and Colin Wilson, edged Czech Republic 4-3, with Wilson notching an assist on the game's opening goal and Blum picking up an assist on the goal to put the US up 2-1. (click here for the NashvillePredators.com World Juniors Main Page)

Team USA grabbed a 1-0 first period lead on Jordan Schroeder’s second goal of the tournament, a power-play marker assisted by Preds prospect Colin Wilson. The Czechs tied the game 5:14 into the second period, but Jonathon Blum assisted on Matt Rust’s goal with 8:14 remaining in the middle frame to put the US ahead for good. James van Riemsdyk made the score 3-1 with a power-play goal late in the period and Schroeder added his second of the game 3:43 into the third period to give the Americans a three goal advantage. The Czech Republic scored at the 7:02 mark of the final frame and then pulled within one on Jan Kana’s power-play goal with 3:17 left in the game. The US held the fort from there to improve to 2-0-0 on the tournament.

Chet Pickard made his tournament debut with an 11-save shutout over Kazakhstan, a 15-0 win for Team Canada. Jamie Benn had a hat trick and two assists for a five point night and Cody Hodgson posted a six point outing with two goals and four assists. John Tavares and P.K. Subban both had two-goal, two-assist nights to supplement the Canadian attack.

Jani Lajunen scored the game’s opening goal 5:10 into the game, Lajunen’s first goal of the tournament. Russia answered with three goals in a 3:33 span in the middle of the first to claim a 3-1 lead. Finland scored 3:55 into the second frame to cut the lead to one, but Russia answered 6:01 later and then closed out the scoring with 1:46 remaining in the third period. Dmitri Klopov scored two goals and added one assist to lead the Russians, while linemates Evgeni Dadonov (1g-2a) and Nikita Klyukin (3a) also posted three point nights. Nikita Filatov netted a pair of goals as well for Russia.

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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - DAL 82 50 23 9 267 230 109
2 x - STL 82 49 24 9 224 201 107
3 x - CHI 82 47 26 9 235 209 103
4 y - ANA 82 46 25 11 218 192 103
5 x - LAK 82 48 28 6 225 195 102
6 x - SJS 82 46 30 6 241 210 98
7 x - NSH 82 41 27 14 228 215 96
8 x - MIN 82 38 33 11 216 206 87
9 COL 82 39 39 4 216 240 82
10 ARI 82 35 39 8 209 245 78
11 WPG 82 35 39 8 215 239 78
12 CGY 82 35 40 7 231 260 77
13 VAN 82 31 38 13 191 243 75
14 EDM 82 31 43 8 203 245 70

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SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Wilson 10 3 5 6 8
S. Weber 10 3 4 -4 7
R. Johansen 10 3 4 1 7
R. Josi 10 0 7 -3 7
M. Ekholm 10 3 2 3 5
J. Neal 10 3 1 -2 4
M. Fisher 10 2 2 -2 4
F. Forsberg 10 2 2 -7 4
R. Ellis 10 0 3 1 3
C. Smith 7 1 1 2 2
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Rinne 5 5 0 .920 2.33
C. Hutton 0 0 0 .000 0.00