Erat Makes Instant Impact At Worlds

Friday, 05.11.2012 / 3:47 PM CT / Features
By Jay Levin  - Nashville Predators
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Erat Makes Instant Impact At Worlds

Martin Erat scored a goal and an assist in his 2012 World Championships debut, leading Czech Republic to a 6-0 win over Italy on Friday. Erat was added to the Czech roster on Wednesday and flew right out to Stockholm, Sweden for the remainder of this year's World Championship tournament.

With today's win, the Czechs improved to 4-1-0 (11pts) during this year's tournament, solidly in the top four of the Stockholm Group with two games remaining. The top four teams in both groups move to the Quarterfinals. Czech Republic closes Group Play with match-ups against Russia (Sunday) and Germany (Thursday).

In other Preds-related action at the Worlds today: 
 
- Craig Smith made his tournament debut with 15:03 of ice time in Team USA's 3-2 overtime win against Kazakhstan. Team USA currently sits in third place in the Helsinki Group with a record of 4-1-0 (10pts). The US closes Group Play with games against Finland (Sunday) and Switzerland (Tuesday).

  - Antti Pihlstrom scored the game's opening goal in Finland game versus Canada today, but the Canadians rallied with three second period and two third period goals to top the Finns, 5-3. Canada (4-0-1) moved into first place in the Helsinki Group, one point ahead of Finland (4-1-0). Finland closed Group Play against USA (Sunday) and Kazakhstan (Monday).

  - Patric Hornqvist, just added by Team Sweden yesterday, was not in the lineup for Swedens game today against Russia, a 7-3 loss, but is expected to play for the Swedes tomorrow against Italy. Sweden is 4-1-0 (12pts) through its first five games of the tournament with Group Play games remaining against Italy (Saturday) and Latvia (Tuesday).

  - Belarus (Andrei and Sergei Kostitsyn) and Switzerland (Roman Josi) both had the day off today.

SCHEDULE
 

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS
 

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

STATS

2014-2015 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
F. Forsberg 6 4 2 1 6
C. Wilson 6 5 0 -1 5
J. Neal 6 4 1 0 5
C. Smith 6 2 3 2 5
M. Ribeiro 6 1 4 2 5
S. Jones 6 0 4 -6 4
V. Stalberg 6 1 2 1 3
R. Ellis 6 0 3 4 3
M. Cullen 6 1 1 -1 2
C. Jarnkrok 6 0 2 -2 2
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Rinne 2 4 2 .909 2.68