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Quarterfinals complete at worlds

by Staff Writer / New Jersey Devils

TOP SHELF: Prospect Artur Gavrus led all Devils with five points (2g-3a) at this year's world championships. (Photo: Getty Images)

The Devils are done at the 2015 IIHF World Championship in the Czech Republic.

Tuomo Ruutu, Jacob Josefson and Artur Gavrus saw their tournaments come to an end in Thursday’s quarterfinal round with the eliminations of Finland, Sweden and Belarus, respectively.

Two of last year's medalists have exited early: Finland, which took silver, and Sweden, which claimed bronze.

Ruutu notched his first goal of the worlds in Finland’s 5-3 loss to the host Czech Republic at O2 Arena in Prague. Former Devil Jaromir Jagr scored twice and added an assist for the Czechs, who will face Canada in Saturday's semifinals.

Ruutu’s tally tied the game at 1 late in the first period. After Finland went ahead 2-1 in the second, Jagr connected on the power play to even things at 2, then assisted on Jan Kovar’s goal that restored the Czech lead.

Finland’s Aleksander Barkov knotted the game again early in the third, but Jagr responded with his second of the game to break the 3-3 stalemate.

Ruutu registered two points (1g-1a) in eight games at the tourney.

Josefson and the Swedes rallied from a 3-0 hole to tie defending gold-medalist Russia, 3-3, with 5:15 to go in regulation. But Evgeni Malkin got the go-ahead marker just 26 seconds later, sealing a Russian victory and setting up a meeting with the United States in the semis.

Josefson finished with four points (2g-2a) in eight games.

Gavrus and the Belarusians were overwhelmed by the Canadians, 9-0.

Canada scored in the opening minute of the game and led 4-0 after the first period. Tyler Sequin notched the hat trick for Team Canada, which outshot Belarus, 50-24.

Gavrus, the Devils’ sixth-round pick in 2012, finished fourth on Belarus with five points (2g-3a) in eight games. He tied Andrei Kostitsyn for the team lead in shots with 20, and matched a club high with three shots on Thursday.

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