All Three Panthers in World's Advance to Quarterfinals
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Team Canada (6-0) came out firing on Monday as they scored four first period goals en-route to a 6-3 victory over the United States (4-2). In one of the fastest goals ever scored in a World Championship, Canada’s Jay McClement lit the lamp only eight seconds into the first period. Matthew Lombardi added a hat trick, and Mike Cammalleri scored two goals. Florida Panthers D Cory Murphy has a goal and four assists with a rating of plus-five thus far in the tournament. With the victory over the United States, Canada is now the top seed for the quarterfinals and will play Switzerland (3-3) on Thursday. The United States will take on Finland in their quarterfinal matchup.
Finland (4-2) was downed 1-0 by Sweden (5-1) on Sunday, but they’ve still clinched a quarterfinals birth. Panthers LW Ville Peltonen has been brilliant for Finland offensively with two goals and five assists to date. Peltonen may get the opportunity to face Panthers teammate F Rostislav Olesz as the Czech Republic (3-3) also advanced to the quarterfinals. Olesz has two goals and three assists. His Czech team will take on host Russia (6-0) in their quarterfinal game this Wednesday. Russia will get superstar Alexander Ovechkin back from his one-game suspension Wednesday after he was suspended one game for a hit to the head on Switzerland’s Valentin Wirz. Sweden takes on Slovakia (5-1) in the other Wednesday game.