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'09 Worlds: Zajac takes silver, Oduya earns bronze

by Staff Writer / New Jersey Devils – Travis Zajac and Team Canada took home silver at the 2009 IIHF World Championship, falling 2-1 to Russia Sunday in Switzerland.

Alexander Radulov's goal broke a 1-1 tie in the second period, lifting the repeating Russians to their second straight defeat of Canada in the World tournament's gold medal game.

Jason Spezza put Canada ahead 5:37 into the game, but Oleg Saprykin responded on the power play and knotted the contest with 7:01 to go in the first period.

Saprykin had the secondary assist on Radulov's go-ahead tally with 5:30 remaining in the second. Canada outshot Russia by a 27-9 count over the final 40 minutes, but Ilya Bryzgalov delivered 37 saves for the victory. Dwayne Roloson had 15 saves for Canada.

Zajac, who in 2008-09 centered the Devils' top line with Zach Parise and Jamie Langenbrunner, finished with a plus-1 rating in five games with Canada.

In Sunday's bronze medal game, Johnny Oduya had an empty-net goal in Sweden's 4-2 victory over the United States.

Oduya, one of the Devils' top scoring threats on the blueline last season, had a productive tournament with three goals and an assist in five games, including a plus-2 rating.

Loui Eriksson and Tony Martensson each had a goal and an assist for Sweden. Mattias Weinhandl added three helpers.

Jack Johnson and Joe Pavelski scored for Team USA, which took the game's first lead in the second before allowing consecutive power-play tallies from Eriksson and Martensson.

Pavelski tied the contest at 2 in the third. Carl Gunnarsson notched Sweden's third power-play goal of the contest to break the stalemate nine minutes into the final frame.

Oduya put it away in the final minute of regulation.

Stefan Liv made 37 saves for Sweden. Robert Esche, who was backed up by Devils' netminder Scott Clemmensen, registered 24 stops for the United States.
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