World Championship – Day 1 Recap

Friday, 05.9.2014 / 3:56 PM CT / News
By Kevin Wilson  - Nashville Predators
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World Championship \u2013 Day 1 Recap
In his first game since being named head coach of the Nashville Predators on Tuesday, Peter Laviolette led the United States to a 6-1 victory over host nation Belarus in both teams\u2019 opening game of the 2014 World Championship in Minsk.

In his first game since being named head coach of the Nashville Predators on Tuesday, Peter Laviolette led the United States to a 4-1 victory over host nation Belarus in both teams’ opening game of the 2014 World Championship in Minsk.

Predators forward Craig Smith, who was named an alternate captain earlier in the day, notched an assist on the team’s opening goal of the tournament, while Seth Jones played the second-most minutes among American skaters at 22:21 in his first career World Championship contest.

Elsewhere on the first day of competition, Canada lost to France in a shootout (3-2), with Predators defenseman Ryan Ellis playing 22:10 and finishing with a +1 rating, and Switzerland fell to Russia (5-0), with Predators defenseman Roman Josi leading all Swiss skaters in ice time (23:15) and Preds prospect Simon Moser leading all Swiss forwards in time on ice (17:24).

The United States and Switzerland are right back at it tomorrow at 12:45 p.m., playing each other, while Canada plays at the same time against Slovakia.

Finland (Miikka Salomaki, Pekka Rinne and Juuse Saros) and Sweden (Mattias Ekholm and Calle Jarnkrok) play their opening games tomorrow at 8:45 a.m. The Finns play Latvia, whose coaching staff includes Fairview, Tenn., resident Karlis Zirnis, while the Swedes take on Denmark.

The Nashville Predators have 13 representatives at the 2014 World Championship being held May 9-25 in Minsk, Belarus. Head Coach Peter Laviolette, Assistant Coach Phil Housley, Video Coach Lawrence Feloney, Seth Jones and Craig Smith are representing the United States, who is looking for back-to-back medals at the tournament after a bronze a year ago; Miikka Salomaki, Pekka Rinne and Juuse Saros are playing for Finland; Calle Jarnkrok and Mattias Ekholm are looking to defend Sweden’s crown at the tournament; Simon Moser and Roman Josi are looking to build on a silver-medal winning performance in last year’s worlds for Switzerland; and Ryan Ellis is playing for Canada.

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  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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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