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Craig Smith Adds 2 More Points, USA Suffers 1st Loss at World Championships

Wednesday, 05.4.2011 / 5:40 PM CT / Features
By Jay Levin  - Nashville Predators
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Craig Smith Adds 2 More Points, USA Suffers 1st Loss at World Championships
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Preds 2009 draftee Craig Smith, one of the youngest participants in this year's World Championships at just 21-years old, picked up a pair of assists in today's Team USA game against Team Sweden, but it wasn't enough as the US fell 6-2 in the final game of Preliminary Round play. Smith is tied for the Team USA scoring lead with four points (two goals, two assists) through three games played

With the win Sweden finished in the first place in the Preliminary Round and Team USA claimed second place. Both teams advance to the Qualifying Round. Team USA will face Canada on Friday, France on Saturday, and Switzerland on Monday.

Sweden opened the scoring with 2:29 left in the first period, but the US answered back with a power-play goal from Cam Fowler just 1:12 later. Smith assisted on the play, his first assist and third point of the tournament.

Sweden gained control of the game in the second period, netting three goals.

Blake Wheeler scored with 9:31remaining to pull Team USA within two goals. Smith registered the lone assist on the play. The Swedes closed out the game with a goal at the 16:01 mark and again at the 18:50 mark of the third period.

Smith, coming off a strong season at the University of Wisconsin, is making his debut for the Team USA men's squad in the tournament. He netted a goal in the tournament opener for the US, a 5-1 win and scored another third period goal in Monday's 4-2 win.

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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