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Day 2 World Championships Notebook

by Peter Pupello / Tampa Bay Lightning

For a second consecutive day, the Lightning players helped propel their respective teams to victory at the 2012 IIHF World Championships being held in Helsinki, Finland and Stockholm, Sweden.

Well, most of them anyway.

Nate Thompson scored his first career goal as a member of the U.S. Men's National Team as Team USA defeated Team Canada 5-4 in overtime, and Victor Hedman also had an assist in Team Sweden's 4-1 triumph over the Czech Republic.

The Americans' victory was the first over their North American rivals in the World Championships since 2001, while Sweden's win improved its all-time World Championship record against Norway, dating back to 1950, to 12-1-1.

In addition to his goal, Thompson also won 33 percent of his faceoffs and earned a plus-1 rating in 12:08 of ice time. His Lightning teammate, JT Brown, meanwhile, registered an even rating and two shots on goal.

Purcell recorded 11:38 of ice time for Team Canada and also had one shot on goal and an even rating after notching an assist in his native country's opening match on Friday.

Much like in Sweden's opener just the day before, Hedman again finished second on the team in ice time, logging 20:34, behind only Erik Karlsson. The Lightning blueliner also had two shots on goal and was a plus-1 in addition to recording an assist.

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