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Jokinen Nets First Goal Of Tournament, Sweden Routes France 9-0 In Day 4

by Erin Chenderlin / Tampa Bay Lightning
The fourth day of preliminary rounds at the IIHF World Championships saw plenty of action as Groups A and C faced off in Halifax and Quebec City.

Lightning left wing Jussi Jokinen scored his first goal of the tournament for Finland as the Finnish team snuck by Norway 3-2 in overtime.

Jokinen scored on Finland’s first shot of the game, less than two minutes in to the first period to give the Finnish team an early lead.  The teams went on to trade goals in the first, including a Finnish power-play goal from Florida Panther and Finnish captain Ville Peltonen to put Finland up 2-1.

With both Jokinen and Peltonen in the penalty box for holding and tripping, respectively, Norway’s Anders Bastiansen scored with nine seconds remaining in the first to tie the game at two.

The score would remain locked at two through the final two periods of regulation to send the game into overtime. Finland’s Tuomo Ruutu scored less than two minutes into overtime to give the Finnish team the win. The victory put Finland in first place in Group C. Finland’s next game with be against Slovakia on Wednesday. Montreal’s Saku Koivu should arrive in time to join the Finnish team for the game.

In other games Monday, Sweden defeated France 9-0 in Quebec City. The French team, hoping to rest starting goalie Cristobal Huet, started goaltender Fabrice Lhenry. After a scoreless first, the Swedish team opened fire, outshooting France 23-4 to go up 4-0 after two. After scoring three more goals within a five-minute span in the third, Sweden forced Lhenry from the net. He was replaced by Huet, who gave up two goals on five shots. Sweden put a total of 51 shots on net to France’s 16.

Also in Quebec City, Switzerland defeated Belarus 2-1 in the afternoon match-up for its second win of the tournament. Forward Julien Sprunger, 22, netted both power-play goals for the Swiss team. Switzerland, 2-0, will face the also undefeated Swedish team Wednesday for the top spot in Group A.

Finally, after losing to Finland 5-1 on Saturday, Germany came out swinging and upset Slovakia 4-2 late Monday night. The German team scored three power-play goals to beat a powerful Slovakian team. Slovakia had defeated Norway 5-1 on Saturday. The win puts the German team in second place in Group C, behind Finland, heading into their final round of play in the Preliminary Round on Wednesday.

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