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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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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 - ANA 82 51 24 7 228 221 109
2 y - STL 82 51 24 7 239 197 109
3 x - NSH 82 47 25 10 226 202 104
4 x - CHI 82 48 28 6 220 186 102
5 x - VAN 82 48 29 5 236 220 101
6 x - MIN 82 46 28 8 227 198 100
7 x - WPG 82 43 26 13 223 204 99
8 x - CGY 82 45 30 7 237 213 97
9 LAK 82 40 27 15 218 197 95
10 DAL 82 41 31 10 257 257 92
11 COL 82 39 31 12 209 223 90
12 SJS 82 40 33 9 224 226 89
13 EDM 82 24 44 14 193 276 62
14 ARI 82 24 50 8 165 267 56

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
F. Forsberg 82 26 37 15 63
M. Ribeiro 82 15 47 11 62
R. Josi 81 15 40 15 55
S. Weber 78 15 30 15 45
C. Smith 82 23 21 11 44
C. Wilson 77 20 22 19 42
M. Fisher 59 19 20 4 39
J. Neal 67 23 14 12 37
R. Ellis 58 9 18 8 27
S. Jones 82 8 19 3 27
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Rinne 41 17 6 .923 2.18
C. Hutton 6 7 4 .902 2.61