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Coyotes at IIHF World Championship - May 4 Recap

by Dave Vest / Arizona Coyotes

EDITOR'S NOTE: Seven players who competed for the Coyotes during the 2014-15 NHL season are playing for their countries at the 2015 International Ice Hockey Federation's World Championship in Czech Republic. They are: Mark Arcobello (USA), Martin Erat (Czech Republic), Oliver Ekman-Larsson (Sweden), John Moore (USA), Connor Murphy (USA), Tobias Rieder (Germany), and Mike Smith (Canada).

FORMAT: The 16 teams are divided into two groups for the Preliminary Round.

The top-four ranked teams of each group advance to the quarter-finals that will be played cross-over. The first-place team in each preliminary-round group plays the fourth-place team of the other group, while the second-place team plays the third-place team of the other group. 1A-4B, 2A-3B, 1B-4A, 2B-3A. The winning teams advance to the semi-finals.

Semi-final pairings: Winner 1A-4B vs Winner 2B-3A, Winner 1B-4A vs Winner 2A-3B. Both semi-final games and the medal games will be played in Prague.

The winning teams of the semi-final games advance to the gold medal game while the semi-final losing teams play for bronze.

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John Moore (right). Photo by Getty Images.

Canada 6, Czech Republic 3:
Goalie Mike Smith stopped 22 of 25 shots to earn his second win and was voted Player of the Game for Canada.

Canada's Jordan Eberle got the first goal, at 4:18 of the first period, when the puck went behind the Czech goal. Everyone thought it would go to the other side, but it hit the frame and stayed put. Eberle grabbed it and stuffed it in the near side.

"It was huge getting the first one," Smith said. "We talked before about how they were going to come at us. It’s always nice to play with the lead. It was a big turning point in tonight’s game."

Forward Martin Erat played 17:54 and scored Czech Republic's first goal.

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Sweden 8, Latvia 1:

Defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson played a game-high 23:15, notched two assists and was plus-3 for Sweden.

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USA 4, Russia 2:

Forward Mark Arcobello played 9:47 and scored USA's third goal. Defenseman Connor Murphy played 17:17 and defenseman John Moore played 13:53.

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