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Canada, Sweden advance to World semi

Thursday, 05.07.2009 / 4:36 PM / News
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Canada, Sweden advance to World semi
newjerseydevils.com – Dan Hamhuis and Steve Stamkos each recorded a goal and an assist Thursday for Canada, which beat Latvia, 4-2, at the 2009 IIHF World Championships in Bern, Switzerland.

Canada advanced to the semifinals for the seventh straight tournament. Devils center Travis Zajac is a member of the Canadian squad that's seeking its third title in the last six world tourneys.

Team Canada held leads of 2-0 and 3-1. Latvia twice closed to within goal, but Matthew Lombardi's tally 3:07 into the final frame sealed the two-goal triumph.

Dany Heatley opened the game's scoring in the second period before Hamhuis made it 2-0 on the power play with six minutes left in the frame.

Latvia closed to 2-1 on Guntis Galvins' shorthanded tally, but Stamkos struck on the power with less than three minutes left in the second to put Canada on top by a pair.

Latvia's Herbert Vasiljevs made it 3-2 when he scored 1:27 into the third.

Canada will face Sweden on Friday after the United States and Russia faceoff in the day's first semifinal showdown. Devils goaltender Scott Clemmensen has backed up Robert Esche for Team USA.

Sweden received a goal and an assist from Mattias Weinhandl Thursday to top the Czech Republic, 3-1.

Devils defenseman Johnny Oduya has patrolled the blueline for his native Sweden, picking up two goals and an assist in three contests. Team Sweden is set for its ninth straight trip to the World semifinals.

Devils left wing Patrik Elias finished the tournament with two goals in three games for the Czech Republic, which finished sixth.

Weinhandl opened the scoring on a power play early in the second, then set up Dick Tarnstrom's man-advantage goal later in the frame to build a 2-0 lead for Sweden.

Petr Cajanek's shorthanded tally for the Czech Republic trimmed Sweden's lead to 2-1, but Kenny Jonsson restored the two-goal edge with 2:14 left in regulation.




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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Jagr 82 24 43 16 67
P. Elias 65 18 35 -4 53
T. Zajac 80 18 30 3 48
A. Henrique 77 25 18 3 43
M. Zidlicky 81 12 30 -3 42
M. Ryder 82 18 16 -6 34
A. Greene 82 8 24 3 32
E. Gelinas 60 7 22 -3 29
D. Zubrus 82 13 13 1 26
R. Clowe 43 7 19 -10 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 16 15 12 .921 1.97
M. Brodeur 19 14 6 .901 2.51