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Posted On Wednesday, 08.07.2013 / 9:08 PM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - World Junior Evaluation Camp blog

U.S. goalies Gillies, Demko praised by coach

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- Though the United States lost 4-0 Wednesday to Sweden, coach Don Lucia said he was happy with the play of his two goalies, starter Jon Gillies and Thatcher Demko, who each played half the game.

"I thought they both made some real good saves tonight," Lucia said. "I'm not going to fault our goaltending in any way for the result of the game."

Gillies, a Calgary Flames prospect, finished with 19 saves on 22 shots in his 30 minutes. Demko, considered by some to be the top goaltending prospect in the 2014 NHL Draft class, stopped 16 of 17 shots.

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Posted On Wednesday, 08.07.2013 / 9:04 PM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - World Junior Evaluation Camp blog

Sweden plays without Collberg, Sundqvist

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- Sweden played Wednesday without two of its top six forwards, when Sebastian Collberg and Oskar Sundqvist were out of the lineup with injuries.

Collberg twisted his right knee during the second period of a game Monday against the USA White squad. Sundqvist sustained a neck injury when he collided with a metal stanchion in the final seconds of the second period.

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Posted On Wednesday, 08.07.2013 / 6:18 PM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - World Junior Evaluation Camp blog

Sweden blanks United States 4-0

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- A scoreless third period brought to an end a 4-0 win for Sweden against the United States.

It was a disappointing for the U.S. in its first game with a cut-down squad. The Americans had three power plays in the third period, but rarely was able to create any quality scoring chances.


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Posted On Wednesday, 08.07.2013 / 5:32 PM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - World Junior Evaluation Camp blog

Sweden rolls to 4-0 lead vs. U.S. after 2 periods

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- The second period saw the United States continue to commit penalties, and Sweden continue to take advantage of it.

Sweden scored three times in the second, including a pair of power-play goals, to take a 4-0 lead after two periods.


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Posted On Wednesday, 08.07.2013 / 5:28 PM

By Michael Langr -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2013 Summer with Stanley blog

Rozsival celebrates with Cup in Czech Republic

VLAŠIM, Czech Republic -- A year ago, defenseman Michal Rozsival was an unrestricted free agent considering his options after 11 seasons in the NHL. He chose to sign with the Chicago Blackhawks because he felt there was a very good chance he could become an NHL champion.

It turns out he was right. He celebrated his first Stanley Cup win with the Blackhawks in June and on Wednesday added to those memories when he brought the Cup to his home in the Czech Republic.

"It's great to see the Cup again," Rozsival told reporters in Vlašim, a small town located in the central region of the country.

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Posted On Wednesday, 08.07.2013 / 4:51 PM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - World Junior Evaluation Camp blog

Tornkvist goal puts Sweden ahead of U.S. after first

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- Tobias Tornkvist, one of the top Swedish players eligible for the 2014 NHL Draft, scored the lone goal of the first period as Sweden took a 1-0 lead against the United States after one period here at Herb Brooks Arena.

Sweden out-shot the U.S. 13-7.

Each team had chances on its power play, but the American penalty killing was better than in previous split-squad games against Sweden. The U.S. killed both Sweden chances, including a hooking call on Stefan Matteau 20 seconds after Tornkvist's goal.


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Posted On Wednesday, 08.07.2013 / 3:57 PM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - World Junior Evaluation Camp blog

Canada's Comrie strong in first game after surgery

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- For his first game in nearly seven months, Eric Comrie acquitted himself quite nicely.

The Canada starting goalie, who last played Jan. 9 and had season-ending hip surgery in February, finished with 37 saves on 40 shots in Canada's 5-3 defeat of Finland on Wednesday.

He allowed a goal on the first shot he faced less than a minute into the game, but was strong throughout, including backstopping Canada to a perfect 6-for-6 effort on the penalty kill.


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Posted On Wednesday, 08.07.2013 / 3:42 PM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - World Junior Evaluation Camp blog

Lineups for United States vs. Sweden

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- Sweden will be without forwards Sebastian Collberg and Oskar Sundqvist from their game Wednesday against the United States.

Collberg twisted his right knee in the second period of a game Monday and did not return. Sundqvist sustained a neck injury when he collided with a metal stanchion in the same game.

Also out for Sweden is goaltender Oscar Dansk, as Marcus Hogberg will start, with 2014 NHL Draft prospect Jonas Johansson serving as the backup.

For the United States, Jon Gillies will start in goal, with Thatcher Demko the backup.


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Posted On Wednesday, 08.07.2013 / 3:40 PM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - World Junior Evaluation Camp blog

Canada scores three in third, tops Finland, 5-3

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- Felix Girard had a goal and an assist as Canada finished off a 5-3 win against Finland.

Canada coach Brent Sutter reconfigured his lines for the third period, and the result was goals from Brendan Gaunce and Hunter Shinkaruk. Artturi Lehkonen scored for Finland.

Girard crashed the net to poke in a loose puck at 3:39 to put Canada ahead 3-2, and then Brendan Gaunce got credit for a goal from the crease after new-look heavy line of Gaunce, Anthony Mantha and Kerby Rychel created havoc in the Finland zone.


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Posted On Wednesday, 08.07.2013 / 2:18 PM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - World Junior Evaluation Camp blog

Canada, Finland tied after two periods as PKs shine

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- Special teams told the story in the second period as penalty killers for Canada and Finland stood tall.

Finland's Saku Salminen scored the period's only goal at 3:07, one-timing a Jusse Ikonen pass past Eric Comrie to tie the game 2-2.

Canada's shorthanded unit kept Finland from doing any more damage, killing off a cross-checking call on Matthew Finn. It was the fourth successful kill for Canada in the game.


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