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Posted On Saturday, 01.05.2013 / 12:11 PM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship blog

U.S., Canada again in same group for 2014 WJC

The party is under way for the United States, but its opposition for the 2014 World Junior Championship already has been set.

The tournament, which will be held in Malmo, Sweden, will see the United States take part in Group A. Joining them will be Canada, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Germany. Group B will include Sweden, Russia, Switzerland, Finland and Norway. Norway replaces Latvia, which was relegated after finishing 10th in this year's tournament.

"It's the first time ever that we'll have the IIHF World Junior Championship in Malmo and we will try to do our best to make it a successful event," Mikael Haglund, the general secretary of the organizing committee, told reporters in Ufa, Russia.

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Posted On Saturday, 01.05.2013 / 10:57 AM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship blog

NHL Network to celebrate U.S. WJC gold medal

Fans can relive the excitement from the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship all weekend on the NHL Network.

The United States' gold-medal game victory against Sweden can be seen at 8 p.m. ET and 11 p.m. ET Saturday.

Sunday, NHL Network will replay every game in the American run to their third World Junior Championship gold medal, starting at 8 a.m. ET.

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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 Saturday, 01.05.2013 / 6:30 AM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship blog

Nichushkin goal gives Russia bronze medal

It wasn't the medal they wanted, but Russia took home a piece of hardware after a 6-5 overtime win against Canada in the bronze-medal game at the 2013 World Junior Championship.

Valeri Nichushkin scored his first goal of the tournament 1:35 into overtime to allow the host nation to finish third.

NHL Central Scouting's top-rated Russian skater, Nichushkin took a pass from Artem Sergeev and steamed up the right side. He walked around Canada defenseman Ryan Murphy, cut to the net and stuffed the puck inside the post before goalie Malcolm Subban could get his skate in place.

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Posted On Saturday, 01.05.2013 / 6:21 AM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship blog

Canada, Russia headed to overtime

A wild third period ended tied 5-5 as Russia's Nail Yakupov and Canada's Brett Ritchie traded goals.

Yakupov scored a power-play goal one minute into the period to put Russia ahead 5-4. Russia won a battle along the boards behind the Canada net, with Kirill Kapustin emerging with the puck. He walked in front and passed to Yakupov, who was stationed on the left post and scored his second of the game.

Canada pulled even at 10:46 on its first even-strength goal of the game. Russia goalie Andrey Makarov stopped Phillip Danault's shot from the left side, but the rebound went to defenseman Scott Harrington, who tried to drag the puck through traffic in the slot. The puck bounced off a Russian player but went right to Ritchie, who scored from in close to tie the game 5-5.

Canada nearly went ahead with about 2:40 left, but Ritchie's shot from in close hit the post and rolled under Makarov, and the Russian goalie was able to clear the puck into the corner.

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Posted On Saturday, 01.05.2013 / 5:38 AM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship blog

Canada power play ties game after two periods

Canada continued to take advantage of Russia's lack of discipline, scoring a pair of power-play goals to tie their bronze-medal game against Russia 4-4 after two periods.

Mark Scheifele and Ryan Murphy scored power-play goals, as Canada improved to 4-for-5 with the man advantage through two periods.

Scheifele tied the game 3-3 just 3:16 into the second. With Yaroslav Kosov in the box for high sticking, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins possessed the above the right circle, and found Scheifele alone in the slot. Scheifele had enough time to kick the puck onto his forehand and slide his shot under goalie Andrey Makarov.

Russia answered just 1:07 later when Yevgeni Mozer scored his first of the tournament. Maxim Shalunov's shot was blocked by Tyler Wotherspoon, but Mozer stepped between three Canadian players to grab the loose puck and beat Canada goalie Malcolm Subban under his glove at 4:23.

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Posted On Saturday, 01.05.2013 / 4:55 AM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship blog

Russia leads Canada 3-2 after one period

Russia pushed the pace of play early, but Canada's power play allowed them to keep it a one-goal game and trail the host team by one goal, 3-2, after one period.

Russia's Alexander Khokhlachev and Kirill Dyakov each had a goal and an assist, and Nail Yakupov also had a goal, his second of the tournament.

Khokhlachev opened the scoring when his low shot from the right circle squeezed under the right pad of Canada goalie Jordan Binnington just 3:31 into the period.

After a roughing penalty on Canada's Boone Jenner, Yakupov made it 2-0 just 1:26 later when he played the puck off the right wall, skated to the net and took a return cross-ice pass from Albert Yarullin for a back-door tap-in goal at 4:57.

A penalty to Yevgeni Mozer allowed Canada to get on the board. Andrey Makarov stopped Ryan Murphy's shot from the point, but as Russia tried to clear the puck, it bounced off Mark Scheifele and went to Nugent-Hopkins. His shot from the high slot beat Makarov at 6:58.

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