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Stamkos’ strong showing helps Canada cruise past Norway while Americans fall to Russia at World Championships

by Peter Pupello / Tampa Bay Lightning

After a day off for rest yesterday, the Lightning players were back in action on Tuesday at the 2013 IIHF World Championships.

Steven Stamkos showcased his talents in Canada’s 7-1 rout of Norway, while Ben Bishop, Nate Thompson, Matt Carle and Team USA suffered its first loss of the tournament in a 5-3 defeat to Russia.

Stamkos registered a team-best four points in his club’s game, coming on one goal and three assists, as Canada moved into second place in the Stockholm group with seven points, one behind the surprising Swiss squad.

The Bolts forward first set up Andrew Ladd for the game’s opening goal, and then found Jeff Skinner for a 2-0 lead, still in the first period.

Team Canada would end the first frame not only up 4-0, but also the same way it started it, with a goal set up by Stamkos, this time from Claude Giroux.

The sides then exchanged a goal each in the second period which brought the score to 5-1, but perhaps Stamkos saved the best for last as his goal in the third period extended his team’s lead en route to the win.

The score marked the first time at this championship that a team has scored as many as seven goals in a game. Perhaps as a reward for its victory, Canada will receive a day off and plays Sweden on Thursday.

In the other game on the day, the Americans didn’t have much luck.

Team USA got off to a strong start, as did Russia, to send a 3-3 tie into the final frame.

The difference, of course, was a pair of late goals by the Russians in the final frame after they climbed back from a one-goal deficit two separate times.

Neither Thompson nor Carle marked the score sheet, although the Lightning forward did have a pair of shots on goal and won half of his faceoffs, while the Bolts blueliner also recorded two shots on net.

Bishop made 25 saves.

Next up, Team USA will look to avenge the loss on Wednesday against Finland.

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