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Posted On Saturday, 01.05.2013 / 9:34 AM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship blog

Grimaldi's pair has U.S. up 2-1 after two periods

Rocco Grimaldi made his presence felt for the United States at the most important time at the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship.

It happened in the second period of the gold-medal game against defending champion Sweden in Ufa, Russia, on Saturday.

Grimaldi, who was dropped from the first line to the fourth line four games ago, scored a pair of second-period goals to rally the Americans to a 2-1 lead after 40 minutes of action at Ufa Arena.

Grimaldi's second of the game came off a tip in the slot. Jacob Trouba fired a rocket from the right point that Grimaldi deftly deflected past Swedish goalie Niklas Lundstrom 10:27 into the period to give the United States its first lead.

The Swedes came close to squaring the contest while shorthanded when Anaheim Ducks prospect William Karlsson broke in on United States goalie John Gibson off a turnover, but was denied with less than five minutes left in the second.

The United States pulled into a 1-1 tie 7:42 into the second when Grimaldi connected for his first of the tournament on a great individual effort. The Florida Panthers prospect raced to a loose puck behind Sweden's net before skating out beyond the left post and firing a shot that skittered over Lundstrom's right pad before dropping over the line.

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Posted On Saturday, 01.05.2013 / 9:33 AM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship blog

After two periods, United States holds 2-1 lead

It was only a matter of time before Rocco Grimaldi made his presence felt for the United States at the 2013 IIFH World Junior Championship.

It happened in the second period of the gold-medal game against defending champion Sweden in Ufa, Russia, on Saturday.

Grimaldi, who was removed from the team's top line four games ago, scored a pair of second-period goals to rally the Americans to a 2-1 lead after 40 minutes of action at Ufa Arena.

Grimaldi's second of the game came off a fabulous tip in the slot. Jacob Trouba unleashed a slap shot from the right point that Grimaldi deftly deflected past Swedish goalie Niklas Lundstrom 10:27 into the middle period to give the United States its first lead.

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Posted On Saturday, 01.05.2013 / 8:46 AM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship blog

USA, Sweden tied 0-0 after one

The United States and Sweden are scoreless after one period of play in the gold-medal game of the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship in Ufa, Russia.

Sweden will have a power play to open the second for 1:32. United States forward Cole Bardreau was whistled for interference at 19:33.

The Swedes were forced to kill off a pair of power plays by the United States early in the game, including a two-man advantage for 35 seconds. Lundstrom had a strong first period in goal for Sweden with some big saves, including J.T. Miller's rebound attempt with the United States on a 5-on-4 advantage.

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Posted On Saturday, 01.05.2013 / 6:46 AM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship blog

USA, Sweden set lineups for gold-medal game

The United States and Sweden are gearing up for their anticipated matchup in the gold medal game of the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship in Ufa, Russia (NHLN-US, TSN) on Saturday.

The United States will stick with the same lineup it has used the last three games for obvious reasons -- the club has compiled 21 goals in three straight victories.

Additionally, the United States defense has chipped in with 10 goals and 27 points in six tournament games. That group is led by Winnipeg Jets prospect Jacob Trouba (four goals, eight points), 2013 draft-eligible standout Seth Jones (six assists, seven points) and Buffalo Sabres prospect and U.S. captain Jake McCabe (three goals, six points).

Sweden swept its group with wins over Latvia, Czech Republic, Switzerland and Finland to earn the bye to the semifinals where they edged host Russia in a shootout to reach the title game. The Swedes have many players who have faced the Americans in the IIHF World Under-18 Championship gold medal games the last two years -- both won by Team USA.


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Posted On Friday, 01.04.2013 / 9:15 AM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship blog

Canadian defenseman Reinhart banned four games

Canadian National Junior Team defenseman Griffin Reinhart on Friday was given a four-game suspension by the International Ice Hockey Federation for an incident that occurred Thursday during a semifinal game against the United States.

Reinhart, who will miss Canada's bronze-medal game against Russia on Saturday at 4 a.m. ET (NHLN-US, TSN) in Ufa, Russia, was assessed the stiff penalty for an infraction at 14:21 of the second period in his team's 5-1 loss to the Americans.

Reinhart had one assist and took three shots in five tournament games.

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Posted On Thursday, 01.03.2013 / 4:47 PM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - 2013 NHL Draft blog

Brodeur making name for himself at Shattuck

One name that is sure to arouse the curiosity of scouts and general managers when the 2013 NHL Draft is staged at Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., is Anthony Brodeur of Shattuck St. Mary's Prep in Minnesota.

Brodeur, who just so happens to be the son of New Jersey Devils goalie Martin Brodeur, is currently a C ranked goalie on NHL Central Scouting's preliminary list for high school players in the Gopher State.

Wednesday, Brodeur had one of his top three outings of the season with 27 saves in a 3-0 victory over the Czech Republic National Under-17 team in the gold-medal game of the World Sport School Challenge tournament at Markin MacPhail Centre in Calgary.

The victory marked the second straight gold for the Minnesota prep school at the tournament.

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Posted On Thursday, 01.03.2013 / 10:14 AM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship blog

Grigorenko goal forces OT between Russia, Sweden

Mikhail Grigorenko scored 7:56 into the third period and Russia has rallied for a 2-2 tie with defending champion Sweden through regulation play in the semifinal round of the 2013 World Junior Championship.

The teams will now enter a 10-minute overtime. If no winner is determined, the teams will enter a shootout to determine a winner.

Girgorenko pulled Russia into a 2-2 tie to the delight of the hometown faithful at Ufa Area when he poked a loose puck over the left pad of Swedish goalie Niklas Lundstrom. As they have done all tournament, Grigorenko and linemate Nikita Kucherov made the play happen with tremendous work in the Sweden end and in front of Lundstrom.

Lundstrom made a great save on Edmonton Oilers No. 1 pick Nail Yakupov with 4:35 remaining in the third when the Russian captain skated into the slot and launched a quick backhand attempt denied by the Swedish goalie.

The winner advances to the gold medal game on Saturday against the United States, a 5-1 victor over Canada in the other semifinal-round match at Ufa Arena. The game is set for 8 a.m. (NHLN-US, TSN) at Ufa Arena.

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Posted On Thursday, 01.03.2013 / 9:32 AM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship blog

Russia scores, but trails Sweden after two periods

Russia finally picked up its game in the second period to pull to within 2-1 against Sweden in their semifinal match at the 2013 World Junior Championship.

The Russians pulled to within a goal of Sweden when defenseman Andrei Mironov scored his first of the tournament off a blast from the top of right circle at the 7:32 mark. The goal by Mironov, assisted by Nail Yakupov and Kirill Kapustin, was just the fourth shot of the game for Russia.

The goal certainly ignited the host country at Ufa Arena, however, as it began to dictate much of the play from that point. Sweden has out-shot Russia 25-12 through two periods.

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Posted On Thursday, 01.03.2013 / 8:42 AM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship blog

Sweden leads Russia 2-0 after one period

Defending champion Sweden built a 2-0 first-period lead on host Russia in their semifinal matchup.

Sweden opened a 1-0 lead on a power-play goal by top 2013 NHL Draft prospect Elias Lindholm at the 6:35 mark. Lindholm took a pass from Victor Rask right in front of Russian goalie Andrey Vasilevskiy before sliding a backhand shot into the net.

The Swedes made it 2-0 at 9:38 when captain Filip Forsberg ripped a shot from between the circles that beat Vasilevskiy top shelf on the glove side.

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Posted On Thursday, 01.03.2013 / 8:00 AM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship blog

Russia and Sweden set for title-game rematch

Russia and Sweden are prepared to drop the puck in the semifinals of the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship on Thursday in Ufa, Russia.

The game is a rematch of last year's gold-medal game, a 1-0 overtime win by Sweden. The winner will advance to this year's gold-medal game Saturday (8 a.m. ET, NHLN-US, TSN) against the United States, a 5-1 winner against Canada in the other semifinal.

The fact Sweden has been able to advance this far in the tournament is a story in itself when you consider the team lost three key defensemen to injury before the tournament even began -- Oscar Klefbom (shoulder), Jonas Brodin (clavicle) and Hampus Lindholm (concussion).

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