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U.S. routs Russia, will face Swiss in semis

Ryan Carter pots shorthanded goal and an assist

Thursday, 05.16.2013 / 9:38 AM ET / News
By Eric Marin
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U.S. routs Russia, will face Swiss in semis


Ryan Carter
notched a shorthanded goal and an assist for Team USA, which routed Russia, 8-3, in their IIHF World Championship quarterfinal in Helsinki on Thursday.

Carter posted his first points of the tournament and was named United States' Best Player of the Game. Russia, the defending gold medalists, allowed eight goals for the first time in world championship play.

Craig Smith posted five assists for the Americans, who also received two goals and two helpers from Paul Stastny. Alex Ovechkin was added to the Russian roster following Washington's elimination from the NHL postseason and recorded a goal and an assist in his first game of the tourney.

"I thought we played a pretty solid team game today. We tried to clog up everything, take away their speed, and keep the puck in their end. I think our game plan worked," Stephen Gionta told IIHF.com

Ilya Kovalchuk, the leading scorer in the preliminary round with 13 points, was held off the scoresheet for just the second time in this year's tournament.

Nineteen-year-old netminder John Gibson needed 31 saves to lead the U.S. into the semifinals where they'll face Switzerland. The Swiss edged the Czech Republic, 2-1, in their quarterfinal matchup to remain undefeated at 8-0.

Ilya Bryzgalov allowed four goals on 16 shots and was relieved by Semyon Varlamov with 1:48 left in the second period. Varlamov would yield four more goals on 11 shots.

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
K. Palmieri 82 30 27 3 57
A. Henrique 80 30 20 10 50
T. Zajac 74 14 28 3 42
M. Cammalleri 42 14 24 15 38
D. Severson 72 1 20 -8 21
R. Boucher 39 8 11 -13 19
D. Schlemko 67 6 13 -22 19
J. Moore 73 4 15 -12 19
A. Larsson 82 3 15 15 18
J. Blandisi 41 5 12 -14 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 27 25 6 .924 2.15
K. Kinkaid 9 9 1 .904 2.81
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