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Oilers reign as Canada, Sweden coast to wins

by Jen Sharpe / Edmonton Oilers
Oilers prospect Jordan Eberle, center, joins a Team Canada goal celebration vs. Norway at the World Championships May 14, 2010. Canada handily won the game 12-1. (Photo by Matthew Manor / HHOF-IIHF Images)

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Oilers prospect and World Juniors star Jordan Eberle didn't expect to be one of the "go-to guys" in his World Championship debut Friday vs. Norway, but apparently he just can't help it.

Eberle posted one goal and three assists to lead all skaters with four points and earn Player of the Game honours for Team Canada.

In the following game at SAP Arena in Mannheim, fellow prospect Magnus Paajarvi-Svensson continued to impress Oil Country by registering a goal and an assist in Sweden's victory over Latvia. Paajarvi was also named a Player of the Game.

CAN 12 - NOR 1

Listed as an alternate at the start of the tournament, Eberle participated in one exhibition game and has been practicing with the team for the past 10 days in Germany.

Canada found themselves in a 1-0 hole early in the game after Jonas Holos beat goalie Chris Mason at 1:35.

Evander Kane tied it up before the first period ended, but it was in the second that Eberle exploded.

As Canada pulled away from Norway, Eberle pulled ahead on the leaderboard, registering assists on Marc Giordano, Rich Peverley, and Kane's goals.

With Canada leading 8-1 after 40 minutes, the 19-year-old forward opened up the final frame with his first World Championship goal and fourth point of the game.

The humble Saskatchewan native credited his teammates for his success.

"The game almost gets a little easier when you're playing with such good players," he said to the IIHF. "Passes are always right on the tape, and you can do things you can't do in junior. The guys are always talking to you."

Oilers GM Steve Tambellini continues to be impressed by the young forward's skill and poise.

"I was watching most of the game with (Oilers Assistant Coach) Tom Renney and we were commenting how relaxed Jordan looks," Tambellini said after the game. "He just has such poise with the puck."

"To perform at that level, under the pressure of Team Canada & World Championships, does it surprise me? Maybe a little but I'm getting used to it."

SWE 4 - LAT 2

Oilers prospect Magnus Paajarvi-Svensson celebrates his opening goal for Sweden vs. Latvia at the World Championships in Germany May 14, 2010. Sweden went on to win 4-2. (Photo by Matthew Manot / HHOF-IIHF Images)
Following Canada's victory, Sweden and Latvia took to the ice. Only 31 seconds into the game, Paajarvi pounced on Latvian goalie Edgars Masalskis for the opening goal.

Although the Latvians quickly answered, Sweden held the lead throughout the game and sealed the win with a goal by Tony Martensson. Paajarvi earned an assist on the play, bringing his four-game total to six points and lifting him into a tie for second in tournament scoring. Eberle is tied for 10th.

Fellow Swede and Oilers prospect Linus Omark earned four penalty minutes and one shot in the game.


After dropping a disappointing 3-2 decision to Finland and being forced into the relegation round, Oilers Taylor Chorney and Ryan Potulny are back in action with Team USA Saturday, May 15. The puck drops vs. Kazakhstan at 8:15am MT.

Canada and Sweden enjoy a day off Saturday before facing each other Sunday, May 16 at 12:15pm MT. Oilers goalie Devan Dubnyk will be in Germany at that time but is not expected to play for Canada.

Visit regularly throughout the two-week tournament for updates on the Oilers in Germany.

(all times mountain)

Friday, May 14:

Canada 12 - Norway 1
Gamesheet | Recap | Photos

Sweden 4 - Latvia 2
Gamesheet | Recap | Photos

Sunday, May 16:

Canada vs. Sweden - 12:15 p.m.
Gamesheet | Recap | Photos

Tuesday, May 18:

Canada vs. Czech Republic - 8:15 a.m.
Gamesheet | Recap | Photos

Sweden vs. Switzerland - 12:15 p.m.
Gamesheet | Recap | Photos 



Saturday, May 15:

vs. Kazakhstan - 8:15 a.m.
Gamesheet | Recap | Photos

Sunday, May 16:

USA vs. France - 4:15 a.m.
Gamesheet | Recap | Photos

Tuesday, May 18:

USA vs. Italy - 4:15 a.m.
Gamesheet | Recap | Photos



Friday, May 7:

Germany 2
- USA 1 OT
Gamesheet | Recap | Photos

Saturday, May 8:

5 - Italy 1
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Sunday, May 9:

Sweden 5 vs. Norway 2
Gamesheet | Recap | Photos

Monday, May 10:

Denmark 2 - USA 1 OT
Gamesheet | Recap | Photos

Canada 6 - Latvia 1
Gamesheet | Recap | Photos 

Tuesday, May 11:

Sweden 3 - France 2
Gamesheet | Recap | Photos

Wednesday, May 12:

Finland 3 - USA 2
Gamesheet | Recap | Photos

Switzerland 4 - Canada 1
Gamesheet | Recap | Photos 

Thursday, May 13:

Czech Republic 2 - Sweden 1
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