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Potulny, Paajarvi propel teams to victory

by Jen Sharpe / Edmonton Oilers
Oilers forward Ryan Potulny gets the puck past the Italian goaltender during World Championship play in Germany May 18, 2010. USA defeated Italy 3-2 in a shootout. (Photo by Jukka Rautio / HHOF-IIHF Images)

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After enjoying a break from World Championship competition Monday, all six Edmonton Oilers players and prospects were back in game-day mode Tuesday in Germany.

Taylor Chorney and Ryan Potulny took to the ice with Team USA, followed by prospects Jordan Eberle, who participated in Canada's match vs. the Czech Republic, and Sweden's Magnus Paajarvi-Svensson and Linus Omark, who took on Switzerland.

USA 3 - ITA 2 (SO)

The day started early for Edmonton-based fans as Team USA took on Italy at 4:15am MT.

After going winless in the preliminary round and being forced into relegation, USA was desperate to finish the tournament on a positive note with a win. Thanks in large part to Potulny, they accomplished just that.

After the Minnesota native registered an assist on Brandon Dubinsky's opening goal, Italy countered with two to take control of the game early in the third.

But with less than nine minutes left in regulation, Potulny evened it up on the powerplay to force sudden death and eventually a shootout. The Oiler was named USA's first shooter, and although he was unsuccessful, TJ Oshie sealed a hard-fought victory for the Americans. Chorney finished -1 in 6:22 on the ice.

The game concluded a disappointing Worlds debut for the two Oilers, who will return home without a medal. Despite the lack of hardware, they can both be proud of their individual accomplishments.

In six games, Potulny registered two goals and two assists for four points, good for tied third on the American leaderboard. He also totalled 17 shots while averaging 15:16 on ice per game.

Defenceman Chorney, who at 23 was the second-youngest player on Team USA, tallied two penalty minutes and finished +2 in six games.

With the victory, USA avoided finishing in the tournament's bottom two and missing next year's competition. The two demoted teams were Italy and Kazakhstan, who were relegated to the 2011 Division 1 showdown, while Austria and Slovenia will move up to replace them.

CZE 3 - CAN 2

With recent Team Canada addition and third goalie Devan Dubnyk watching intently, prospect Jordan Eberle donned the maple leaf for the qualifying game against the Czech Republic at 8:15am MT.

Because both teams had already secured spots in the quarterfinals, the game's only purpose was to determine the match-ups for the first round of do-or-die competition.

Seven minutes into the game, Ray Whitney got the Canadians off to a good start with a powerplay goal. But after a flurry of penalties, Czech forward Lukas Kaspar secured a shorty to tie it up at one.

The Czechs added two goals in the second period to take a 3-1 lead, which Matt Duchene cut in half late in the third.

Despite upping the intensity with hitting and shoving in the game's dying seconds, Canada couldn't find an equalizer and dropped a 3-2 decision. Eberle finished -1 after playing 4:03.

SWE 5 - SUI 0

Oilers prospect Magnus Paajarvi Svensson celebrates his team's first goal vs. Switzerland at the World Championships in Germany May 18, 2010. Sweden won the game 5-0. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Bongarts/Getty Images)
The final game of the day was between Sweden and Switzerland at 12:15pm MT.

With six points in five games, Oilers prospect Magnus Paajarvi-Svensson was at the top of the Swedish leaderboard to start the game, and only 3:02 into the match, he jumped further ahead. With help from teammate Tony Martensson, Paajarvi registered his fourth goal of the tournament by beating Swiss tender Tobias Stephan.

The goal would turn out to be the game-winner as Sweden steadily dominated the Swiss. 4:41 into the third, Paajarvi returned Martensson's favour by helping him score a fifth Swedish goal, sealing a 5-0 win.

With his two-point performance, Paajarvi remains tied for second in the tournament's scoring race with Canadian captain Ray Whitney. USA's Dubinsky is first with three goals and seven assists.

Also in the game, Omark posted one shot and finished +1 in 16:42 on the ice.


All teams enjoy a day off Wednesday before diving into the playoffs Thursday. At 8:15am MT, Sweden (1st in Group F) takes on Denmark (4th in Group E). Then at 12:15pm MT, Canada (4th in Group F) battles the formidable Russians (1st in Group E). Russia carries 24 straight World Championship wins into the game.  

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

(all times mountain)

Thursday, May 20:

Sweden vs. Denmark -- 8:15am
Gamesheet | Recap | Photos

Canada vs Russia -- 12:15pm
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(all times mountain)

Friday, May 14:

Canada 12 - Norway 1
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Sweden 4 - Latvia 2
Gamesheet | Recap | Photos

Sunday, May 16:

Sweden 3 vs. Canada 1
Gamesheet | Recap | Photos

Tuesday, May 18:

Czech Republic 3 - Canada 2
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Sweden 5 - Switzerland 0
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Saturday, May 15:

10 - Kazakhstan 1
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Sunday, May 16:

USA 4 vs. France 0
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Tuesday, May 18:

USA 3 - Italy 2 (SO)
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Friday, May 7:

Germany 2
- USA 1 OT
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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
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Tuesday, May 11:

Sweden 3 - France 2
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Wednesday, May 12:

Finland 3 - USA 2
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Switzerland 4 - Canada 1
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Thursday, May 13:

Czech Republic 2 - Sweden 1
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