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Team USA prevails, Canada falls during Thursday’s World Championships action

by Peter Pupello / Tampa Bay Lightning

A big showing helped the American side advance deeper into the tournament on Thursday at the World Championships, while a talented Team Canada saw its run end with a quarterfinal defeat to Sweden.

Team USA prevailed in a 8-3 win over Russia, while it took extra time for the Swedes to oust Canada, defeating the team in a shootout.

In the first action of the day, the Americans had little trouble with the Russians, as an early two-goal lead turned into a 4-1 advantage after two periods.

The sides combined for a total of six goals in the final frame, and Russia did come to within three goals of their opponents, but the Americans added a late pair to seal the victory and move on to the semifinals on Saturday against the Swiss.

Paul Stastny had two goals to pace the Americans, while David Moss, Alex Galchenyuk, TJ Oshie, Ryan Carter, Nate Thompson and Jacob Trouba also had a tally each.

Thompson finished the contest with a goal, a plus-1 rating and by winning 13 of 22 faceoffs, while his Lightning teammate Matt Carle finished with three shots and a plus-2 rating.

John Gibson made 31 saves for Team USA.

Unlike their North American neighbors, Team Canada couldn’t prevail despite getting a game-opening goal from Steven Stamkos.

Stamkos ended the day with a goal and a plus-1 rating, making it 1-0 in the second period after a scoreless first.

Nicklas Danielsson scored twice in the third period to help Team Sweden to a one-goal lead, which was erased when Claude Giroux scored late to send the game into overtime.

It was as close as Canada would come to victory, however, as Swedish forward Fredrik Pettersson scored the game-winner in the skills competition to set up a semifinal matchup with Finland.

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