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Jets at the Worlds: Day 10

by Ryan Dittrick (@ryandittrick) / Winnipeg Jets



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DENMARK 2 vs. CZECH REPUBLIC 1 (SO)

Upset alert!

Lars Eller, Nicklas Jensen and Jets winger Nikolaj Ehlers all scored in the shootout, helping the Danes upset the Czechs
2-1 at the Ice Palace in Moscow.

Ehlers entered the zone with speed and made a silky move to the backhand, popping the water bottle on Czech goalie Dominik
Furch. The Jet tried a similar move in Friday’s win over Latvia, but it just went high. This time, and with the goalie at his mercy
once again, he made no mistake.

Danish goalie Sebastian Dahm was absolutely sensational, stopping 40 of 41 shots in regulation and overtime, improving to a .945 save percentage in five appearances.

Tomas Plekanec opened the scoring for the Czechs in the second period, but Morten Madsen tied things up with a power-play goal early in the third. Madsen, who was uncovered in the blue paint, buried the rebound after a tip by Frederick Storm handcuffed the goaltender.

The score would stay that way until the floodgates opened in the skills
competition.
 
The win keeps Denmark’s quarterfinal hopes alive, as they improve to 1-2-1-2 for eight points with one game to play. The Danes will finish up their round-robin schedule on Monday vs. Kazakhstan.

GERMANY 3 vs. USA 2

Korbinian Holzer broke a 2-2 tie with 33 seconds left in the third period, giving Germany a 3-2 win and, most importantly, the full three points in the hunt for one of four quarterfinal spots in Group
B.

The win moves to Germany to third place with a 3-0-1-2 record for 10 points, one up on their American counterparts with one just one game to play in the preliminary round.

Marko Dano and the Slovaks have one game at hand and will need points in each of their final two games to have a chance at a quarterfinal berth.

Jets representative Kyle Connor did not play, missing his second straight and third of the past four overall with an undisclosed injury.

Patrick Hager and Christian Ehrhoff scored the others in regulation for Germany, while Jake McCabe and the consensus No. 1 pick in the upcoming NHL Draft, Auston Matthews, replied for the US.

Germany goalie Thomas Greiss, who joined the squad after being eliminated from the Stanley Cup Playoffs, made 31 saves in his first game of the tournament.

Hager got things rolling with a power-play goal just 2:19 into the first, tapping the rebound past American goalie Mike Condon after Daryl Boyle unloaded from the high slot.

The teams traded goals less than two-and-a-half minutes apart later in the period, before Matthews made it a 2-2 game just 26 seconds into the middle frame. Matthews walked in from the left point and fired a bullet past Greiss, giving him his third goal and team-leading sixth point of the tournament.



Photo courtesy Andre Ringuette/HHOF-IIHF Images

The Americans will finish up their round-robin schedule on Tuesday vs. Slovakia.

FINLAND 5 - SLOVAKIA 0

Panthers pivot Aleksander Barkov had a goal and two helpers, leading the Finns to a 5-0 win over Slovakia.

Shut out for the second straight game, the Slovaks generated just 14 shots. 

Finland improves to a perfect six-and-oh, while Slovakia’s record falls to 2-0-0-4 with the loss, three points back of the US with the two teams going head-to-head in the round-robin finale, Tuesday at 5:15am CT.

Slovakia will have to win that game in regulation to earn a quarterfinal berth.

The Finns, meanwhile, will face the also-beaten Canadians in a showdown for first place later that day (12:15pm CT).



Photo courtesy Minas Panagiotakis/HHOF-IIHF Images

After a scoreless opening period, Mikko Koivu and Antii Pihlstrom scored just 39 seconds apart in the middle frame to put the Finns up 2-0. Barkov extended the lead at 6:45 of the third, redirecting Juuso Hietanen’s point shot past Julius Hudacek for the three-nil tally.

It would stay that way until 19:45 when Jussi Jokinen – dashing in alone – chipped one over the sprawling Hudacek. The projected No. 2 pick in the upcoming draft, Patrik Laine, then rounded
out the scoring 12 seconds later, whistling a shot from the top of the right circle with just
three ticks on the clock.



Laine is now tied for the tournament lead in both goals (6) and points (10).

Jets forward Marko Dano had one shot on goal in 15:53 of ice time.

-- Ryan Dittrick, WinnipegJets.com
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