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Comebacks Aplenty At Day 4 Of Worlds

by Staff Writer / Florida Panthers

A couple of comebacks while Switzerland continues to impress as the World Championship tournament hit Day 4 in Helsinki and Stockholm.


HELSINKI, Finland - Twice Germany held a lead and twice Slovakia answered. In the end however it was Slovakia who was one-goal better as they earned a 3-2 victory Monday.

The Germans jumped on the board 4:01 into the contest as Michael Wolf beat Rastislav Stana with a shot. That lead held for almost half of the game as Mario Bliznak scored with 6:30 left in the second period to send the game to the third tied at one.

Marcus Kink recaptured the lead for Germany 3:01 into the third but Tomas Zaborsky struck for two seven minutes apart to steal away the victory. His first knotted the game at two 2:40 after Kink's goal. His second came with 7:14 to play and Stana made it stand as the game-winner as he turned aside 30 shots in the victory. Rob Zepp was strong in defeat in also registering 30 saves.

Panthers forward Tomas Kopecky failed to find the scoresheet but was instrumental in setting up Zaborsky's game-winner while finishing with a shot and plus-1 on 17:42 of ice time. Marcel Goc finished with 18:02 of ice time and was a minus-1 on the game. Slovakia has two days off and will next play Latvia on Thursday while Germany will take on Austria on Wednesday.



STOCKHOLM, Sweden - The Swiss are certainly being the team to reckoned with at the World Championships. After downing annual powerhouses Sweden and Canada (shootout), Switzerland took down the Czech Republic 5-2 thanks to a huge third period on Monday to improve to 3-0 in Group play.

Getting a late power play in the first, Switzerland capitalized when Andres Ambuhl scored with 2:04 left in the period. They would double their lead 6:36 into the second when Nino Niederreiter netted his third goal of the tournament.

The Czechs would make it a tied game heading into the third however as Calgary's Jiri Hudler struck twice before time ran out. His first came on the man advantage with 6:58 to play and then knotted it with 48 seconds left, beating Reto Berra with his third of the tournament.

Hudler was the only one to find success against Berra as the Swiss netminder stopped 37 of the 39 shots he saw. Switzerland, on the other hand had a lot more success against former Panther netminder Alexander Salak, especially in the third. Simon Moser recorded the game-winner 5:47 into the third and Simon Bodenmann added an insurance goal to make it a two-goal game with 6:38 to play. With Salak pulled for an extra skater, Reto Suri scored with 39 seconds remaining.

Czech Republic and Panthers forward Tomas Fleischmann had two shots and was a minus-2 while playing 11:37.



STOCKHOLM, Sweden - It was a close one and Belarus certainly made Sweden sweat but in the end the Swedes were one better as they came out on top of a 2-1 affair.

Belarus came out flying and recorded 12 of their 21 shots on net in the opening period. They took a 1-0 lead into the first intermission when Konstantin Koltsov beat Jhonas Enroth with 2:26 to play in the stanza.

Sweden however would get on the board 5:40 into the second when Oscar Lindberg scored. And there the game stood deadlocked into the final 20 minutes.

With 8:24 to play, Sweden struck as Fredrik Pettersson's laser shot beat Dmitri Milchakov for the game-winner.

Panthers netminder Jacob Markstrom served as Sweden's backup to Enroth for the second straight game. Sweden is back in action on Wednesday when they take on Norway who defeated Denmark 3-2 in their last game (Sunday).


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