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World Championship: Quarterfinal field set, Panarin second in scoring

by Emerald Gao / Chicago Blackhawks
After the group stages, Artemi Panarin ranks second in tournament scoring with 12 points in seven games. (Getty Images)

After Tuesday's slate concluded in St. Petersburg and Moscow, the quarterfinal matchups are set at the 2016 IIHF World Championship, and the Blackhawks' representatives are still in the hunt for a medal. Here’s how they’ve fared through the round robin stage:

Artemi Panarin (RUS): Panarin was held off the scoresheet on Saturday in a 5-1 win over Switzerland but posted four shots on goal in 17:46 of ice time. He scored in a 3-0 win over Norway on Monday, and posted two points (1G, 1A) and five shots on goal in Tuesday’s 4-1 win over Sweden to help Russia clinch the second seed out of Group A. Panarin’s 12 points (5G, 7A) trail only linemate Vadim Shipachyov’s 13 through the first seven games of the tournament. Russia’s opponent in the quarterfinals will be an upstart German side, who finished third in Group B ahead of Team USA, at 12:15 p.m. CT on Thursday.

Vincent Hinostroza (USA): Hinostroza logged two shots on goal in 15:41 of ice time in Sunday’s 3-2 loss to Germany, then skated 12:48 in Tuesday’s 3-2 overtime loss to Slovakia to wrap up group play. The 2012 sixth-round pick totaled three points (1G, 2A) in seven round-robin games while seeing some power-play time. As fourth-place finishers in Group B, the Americans will play the Czech Republic—surprise Group A winners—in the quarterfinals on Thursday a 8:15 a.m. CT (NBCSN, NBC Sports Live Extra).

Tyler Motte (USA): Motte was named Best Player on Tuesday vs. Slovakia after making several standout plays on the penalty kill while helping Team USA weather five shorthanded stints; he skated 12:48 in the contest as the “CCM Line” (with J.T. Compher and Kyle Connor) was reunited. The 2013 fourth-round pick contributed two assists in the first seven games of the tournament while primarily playing a checking and penalty-killing role.

Ville Pokka (FIN): Pokka picked up his second point of the tournament with an assist in a 5-0 win over Slovakia on Sunday, then skated 15:39 in a 4-0 win over Canada on Tuesday to help his team clinch the top seed out of Group B. With the shutout, Pokka and the Finnish defensive unit has now allowed just six goals in seven games, a tournament low. Finland will take on Denmark on Thursday at 8:15 a.m. CT.

Erik Gustafsson (SWE): The 24-year-old logged one assist on Saturday in a 3-2 win over Norway; he added four shots on goal, tying the team high. Gustafsson then skated 17:35 on Sunday in a 3-2 win over Switzerland and 13:03 on Tuesday in a 4-1 loss to Russia. After finishing third in Group A, Sweden will face Canada in the quarterfinals on Thursday at 12:15 p.m. CT.

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