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Monster, Sweden Qualify For Quarters

by Staff Writer / Toronto Maple Leafs

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Three of the quarter-finalists have been determined at the 2010 World Hockey Championships in Germany.

Sweden, Russia and Switzerland are the teams that have a place in Thursday's quarter-finals. The top four teams in the two groups make it to the quarter-finals where they will crossover and the play the other group (1 v. 4, 2 v. 3).

Russia is the top team winning all four games and having 12 points (three points for a win). Canada is third in their group with six points after falling 3-1 to Sweden on Sunday.

Jonas Gustavsson, Carl Gunnarsson and Rickard Wallin have all had strong tournaments for Sweden. Gustavsson is 2-1 with a 1.67 GAA and a .945 save percentage. Gunnarsson has recorded two points with a plus three rating while averaging 12:48 of ice-time. Wallin is second on the team in scoring with four assists and he also is a plus three.

Nikolai Kulemin has continued to be a force with Russia recording two goals and four points and a plus four with 12:59 of ice-time per game.

Francois Beauchemin has picked up one assist with Team Canada while Christian Hanson has also recorded a point as Team USA tries to avoid relegation from the top level of the IIHF World Championships. The U.S. have won both their relegation games but they won't know their fate until after Tuesday's game.

Mikhail Grabovski has recorded two points but Belarus can't advance to the quarter-finals.
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