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USA drops preliminary round opener to Germany, 2-1 in overtime

by Peter Pupello / Tampa Bay Lightning
77,803 gathered at the IIHF World Championship group D match between USA and Germany at Veltins Arena on May 7, 2010 in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. (Photo by Christof Koepsel/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Felix Schutz scored just 21 seconds into overtime to give Germany a 2-1 victory over the United States in front of a world-record crowd of 77, 803 to open the 2010 IIHF World Championships on Friday in Gelsenkirchen.

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Constantin Braun’s shot from the point was deflected out in front by Schutz, who redirected the puck past United States goaltender Scott Clemmensen after the Americans sent the contest into the extra frame on an unassisted third-period tying goal by forward Ryan Carter.

Clemmensen finished with 18 saves.

Following a scoreless opening period, Germany jumped in front when Michael Wolf corralled Marcel Muller’s rebound at 5:20 and sent a shot past Clemmensen to open the scoring in the second period.

After failing to convert with the man advantage in the first period, St. Louis Blues forward T.J. Oshie quarterbacked a strong power play unit in the final stanza, but German goaltender Dennis Endras countered with a series of saves.

The United States scored the equalizer at 8:28 after Endras appeared to kick Carter’s shot into the goal after a scramble ensued in the crease following a shot from the high slot.

Schutz’s overtime game-winner, despite undergoing official video review, was upheld, awarding the host country a victory in the tournament opener.

Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Mike Lundin contributed behind the blue line, as he assisted in holding the host nation to just 20 shots on net. Lundin also joined the American attack in its offensive zone, registering one shot on goal while logging 12:32 in ice time.

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