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
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. is the official Web site of the Nashville Predators and are trademarks of the Nashville Predators.  NHL, the NHL Shield, the word mark and image of the Stanley Cup and NHL Conference logos are registered trademarks of the National Hockey League. All NHL logos and marks and NHL team logos and marks as well as all other proprietary materials depicted herein are the property of the NHL and the respective NHL teams and may not be reproduced without the prior written consent of NHL Enterprises, L.P. Copyright © 1999-2015 Nashville Predators and the National Hockey League. All Rights Reserved.

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