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2014 World Juniors: The End of Prelims

Wednesday, 01.1.2014 / 12:30 PM CT / News
By Jimi Russell  - Nashville Predators
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On Tuesday afternoon, host Sweden took to the ice against Russia in their final game of the preliminary round.

Sweden started things off early with a goal just 3:29 into the opening frame, but a back-and-forth affair through the final 40 minutes would eventually see the Swedes come out on top, 3-2. Filip Forsberg did not record a point in the victory, but the Swedes’ captain posted a +1 rating and led his team with five shots on goal.

Forsberg remains one of the tournament’s most prolific scorers, with seven points (1g-6a) in four preliminary games. With the victory, Tre Kronor secured the top seed going into the quarterfinal round.

In the late game for Group B on Tuesday, Finland and Switzerland would need extra time to determine a winner.

Things began to heat up with a minute remaining in the first period, as both teams traded goals to close out the frame. The Swiss would tally two goals in the first nine minutes of the second period, but the Suomi pulled back within one when they scored just 10 seconds after Switzerland’s third goal.

Preds prospect Saku Maenalanen would play hero for his home country, scoring the game-tying goal 35 seconds into the third period. The score would remain tied through the end of regulation and overtime, before the Swiss prevailed in a seven-round shootout.

Maenalanen posted five points (4g-1a) through the Finns’ four preliminary round games to tie for the tournament lead in goal scoring.

The United States and Canada squared off on Wednesday night in what has become a New Year’s Eve tradition at the World Juniors.

After a scoreless first period, the U.S. and Canada traded goals in the middle frame, including a shorthanded goal for the Americans. The Canadians would tally two quick goals to open the final frame, while the U.S. mustered a late goal, but the effort was all for naught as they fell, 3-2.

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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