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Czech Republic Shuts Out Switzerland; Canada, Team USA Notch Victories

by Erin Chenderlin / Tampa Bay Lightning
During the first day of play in the Qualifying Round, the Czech Republic shut out Switzerland in Quebec City, 5-0. Tampa Bay’s Filip Kuba had no points but was +1 with more than 19 minutes of ice time.

Team Canada survived a scare against Norway Thursday evening at the Halifax Metro Centre, squeaking out a 2-1 win. Rick Nash scored a power-play goal for Canada with less than four minutes remaining to give the Canadians the victory. Lightning right wing Martin St. Louis had no points.

With team captain and Lightning center, Jeff Halpern, and starting goaltender, Tim Thomas, sent home to their respective teams due to injuries sustained last game against Team Canada, Team USA came out with a purpose against Germany at the Halifax Metro Centre in Thursday’s late game.

The Americans jumped out to an early lead, scoring the game’s first three goals in less than three minutes, including one 26 seconds into the match. Germany responded however, and tied the game at four early in the third period. New Jersey’s Zach Parise put the Americans back on top with a power-play goal with less than nine minutes remaining for his second goal of the game. LA’s Dustin Brown added the insurance goal with less than two minutes remaining to give Team USA the 6-4 win.

Finally, Sweden handed Denmark an 8-1 loss in Quebec City Thursday afternoon. The Swedish team outshot Denmark 43-18. Sweden’s Tony Martensson had four points (2g, 2a).

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