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Worlds: Holzer's goal leads Germany past U.S.

Ducks defenseman scores with 33 seconds left in third period

by @NHL

Korbinian Holzer (Anaheim Ducks) scored with 33 seconds left in the third period to lift Germany to a 3-2 win against the United States in a Group B preliminary-round game of the 2016 IIHF World Championship at Yubileiny Arena in St. Petersburg, Russia, on Sunday.

Christian Ehrhoff (Chicago Blackhawks) and Patrick Hager also scored, and Thomas Greiss (New York Islanders) made 31 saves, to help Germany earn its third win of the tournament, and first regulation victory against the U.S. since 1993. Germany (3-0-1-2, 10 points) moved ahead of the United States (3-0-0-3, nine points) into third place in the Group B standings.

"(Greiss) played very well tonight," United States captain Matt Hendricks (Edmonton Oilers) told the IIHF website. "He was a man in the crease. He kept a lot of his rebounds in control. Our second opportunities, when we had them, he came up big."

Mike Condon (Montreal Canadiens) made 11 saves and Auston Matthews scored his third goal of the tournament for the United States. Matthews, No. 1 on NHL Central Scouting's final ranking of international skaters eligible for the 2016 NHL Draft, tied the game 2-2 at 0:26 of the second period with a wrist shot that eluded Greiss. 

With the teams less than a minute from overtime, Holzer scored on a wrist shot from the right point that snuck past Condon, who was screened on the play.

"They're a good team and they work hard," U.S. forward Patrick Maroon (Oilers) said. "You've got to give credit to them. It's not that they're not a good team. They're a very good hockey team over there. We just made some mistakes, mental errors, and we didn't play a full 60 minutes."

Jake McCabe (Buffalo Sabres) had a goal for the U.S., and Connor Murphy (Arizona Coyotes) and Brock Nelson (Islanders) each had assists.

The U.S. will close its preliminary slate of games against Slovakia on Tuesday. Germany next plays Hungary on Monday.


Denmark 2, Czech Republic 1 (SO): Lars Eller (Canadiens), Nikolaj Ehlers (Winnipeg Jets) and Nicklas Jensen (New York Rangers) each scored shootout goals to lift Denmark (1-2-1-2, eight points) to a win against the Czech Republic in Group A preliminary action at Ice Palace in Moscow.

Jensen assisted on Morten Madsen's second-period power-play goal that evened the score 1-1. Sebastian Dahm made 40 saves to help deal the Czechs (4-1-1-1, 15 points) their first loss of the tournament.

Tomas Plekanec (Canadiens) scored his fifth goal for Czech Republic, which plays Switzerland on Tuesday. Denmark next plays Kazakhstan on Monday.

Finland 5, Slovakia 0: Aleksander Barkov (Florida Panthers) had a goal and two assists, and Patrik Laine scored for unbeaten Finland in a Group B preliminary-game at Yubileiny Arena.

Laine, No. 2 on NHL Central Scouting's final ranking of international skaters eligible for the 2016 NHL Draft, scored his sixth goal and 10th point in six tournament games. He is tied for second in goals and tied for the lead in points.

Forwards Mikko Koivu (Minnesota Wild) and Jussi Jokinen (Panthers) each scored power-play goals for Finland (6-0-0-0). Koivu's goal from Esa Lindell (Dallas Stars) and Sebastian Aho opened the scoring at 11:07 of the second period. Antti Pihlstrom scored 40 seconds later to make it 2-0.

Nashville Predators prospect Juuse Saros made 14 saves for his second shutout of the tournament.

Sweden 3, Switzerland 2 (SO): Andre Burakovsky scored twice in the shootout to lead Sweden in Group A action in Moscow.

Gustav Nyquist (Detroit Red Wings) and Johan Sundstrom each scored power-play goals, and Jacob Markstrom (Vancouver Canucks) made 27 saves and stopped two more in the shootout for Sweden.

Nyquist has a tournament-leading seven goals.

Sven Andrighetto (Montreal Canadiens) and Denis Hollenstein scored, and Reto Berra (Colorado Avalanche) made 33 saves for Switzerland. 

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