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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.


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.

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Posted On Wednesday, 08.07.2013 / 1:48 PM

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

Reinhart, Gauthier give Canada lead against Finland

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- Goals from Sam Reinhart and Frederik Gauthier in a 27-second span gave Canada a 2-1 lead after one period against Finland.

Finland took a 1-0 lead on their first shot when Henri Ikonen fed a pass from below the goal line to Kasper Kapanen alone in front, and the top 2014 NHL Draft prospect didn't miss, beating Canada goalie Eric Comrie 51 seconds into the game.

Canada evened the game when Reinhart, potentially the top pick in the 2014 draft, showcased his offensive skills. He skated the puck around the Finland zone, lost it, got it back, spun and fired a rocket of a shot that beat Finland goalie Juuse Saros at 10:11.


Posted On Wednesday, 08.07.2013 / 12:56 PM

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

Maatta not in Finland's lineup against Canada

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- Finland will be without its top defenseman when it faces Canada on Wednesday here at Herb Brooks Arena.

Olli Maatta will sit out as Finland coach Karri Kivi gets a look at some of his other defensemen in high-level competition.

Finland also broke up its successful top line, shifting right wing Kasper Kapanen, a top 2014 NHL Draft prospect, to a line with center Topi Nattinen and left wing Henri Ikonen. Ville Leskinen will replace Kapanen on the right side of center Teuvo Teravainen and left wing Artturi Lehkonen.

Posted On Wednesday, 08.07.2013 / 9:48 AM

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

Skjei a natural go-between for USA teammates, Lucia

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- Brady Skjei has been a valuable player for the United States during this week's junior evaluation camp. Not only for his skill with the puck, but for his role in translating coach Don Lucia's instructions to his teammates.

Skjei is the only player on the United States roster to play for Lucia, the coach at the University of Minnesota. As a freshman at Minnesota last season, the defenseman and New York Rangers first-round draft pick (No. 28, 2012) had three points and a plus-11 rating in 36 games.

With that built-in knowledge of how Lucia wants to play the game, Skjei served as a solid buffer over the first few days of the camp as the players adjusted.


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