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USA, Sweden tied 0-0 after one

Saturday, 01.05.2013 / 8:46 AM

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

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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.

"On the power play, we need to out-man them on the puck," United States defenseman Seth Jones told NHL Network.

With 7:40 remaining in the first American forward Rocco Grimaldi skated down his left wing and released a shot that rang of the goalpost to Lundstrom's blocker side.

"We've got to keep the puck moving," Jones said. "[Goalie John] Gibson has done a nice job talking to us while they're on the forecheck. We have to play patient and get bodies in front of their goalie."

The United States denied Sweden's first power-play attempt 13:32 into the first when team goal-scoring leader John Gaudreau was whistled for hooking. The United States has been exceptional on the penalty kill at the WJC. The country didn't allow a power-play goal against Germany, held Canada scoreless with the man advantage twice and the Czech Republic, while allowing single power-play markers to Russia and Slovakia.

Follow Mike Morreale on Twitter at: @mike_morreale

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