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Blum Scores in Day 6 of WJC

Wednesday, 12.31.2008 / 8:55 PM CT / WorldJuniors
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Blum Scores in Day 6 of WJC
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World Junior Championships Day 6
The Preliminary Round of the World Junior Championships wrapped up on Day 6 with a pair of classic games involving Preds prospects. Team USA and Team Canada played a thrilling match-up for first place in Group A, with the US grabbing an early 3-0 first period lead before Canada rallied for four straight goals. Jonathon Blum, Team USA's captain, netted his first goal of the season to tie the score 4-4, 3:40 into the second period, but the Canadians answered back 3:16 later and then added two empty net goals late in the third period to pull out the 7-4 win.

Colin Wilson was outstanding for the US, creating several quality scoring chances despite being held off the scoresheet and was named Team USA's Player of the Game. Chet Pickard, who started the two previous games for Canada, did not get the start, but ended the Preliminary Round 2-0-0 with a 0.50 goals against average, stopping 23 of the 24 shots he faced in the starts.

Canada earns the No. 1 seed in Group A and will earn a bye into the Semifinals. US finished with the No. 2 seed and will face Slovakia in the Quarterfinals on Jan. 2. Slovakia earned the No. 3 seed in Group B with a 3-2 shootout win over Finland. Preds prospect Jani Lajunen recorded a two shots on goal for the Finns. Finland will play two games in the relegation round, Kazakhstan on Jan. 3 and Germany on Jan. 4.

In the other games on Day 6, Sweden shutout Russia 5-0 to earn the No. 1 seed in Group B. Russia will face Czech Republic, a 10-2 winner over Kazakhstan, in the Semifinals on Jan. 2.

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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