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Saturday At The Worlds

by Staff Writer / Florida Panthers

It was a big day for the United States, Russia and Switzerland.

For the United States, they finally found their offense and picked up their first win of the tournament in a 10-0 whitewashing of Kazakhstan. Russia earned a hard fought 3-2 victory over Germany as Alex Ovechkin and Ilya Kovalchuk picked up goals in the affair. And in the late game in Mannheim, Switzerland showed they are a force to be reckoned with as they upended Tomas Vokoun and the Czech Republic 3-2. The win keeps the Swiss perfect in tournament play.

UNITED STATES 10 - Kazakhstan 0
Team USA scored four times in the first period to match its entire goal-production to date and the Americans went on to rout Kazakhstan 10-0 in a Relegation Round game at the 2010 IIHF World Championship on Saturday.

The USA is trying to avoid an ignominious fall from the IIHF’s top pool to its second tier and the win – the first in four games for Team USA at the 2010 Worlds – will help accomplish that.

Team USA plays France on Sunday, while Kazakhstan takes on Italy the same day.

For a team that could not score in its three Preliminary Round games, the goals came quick and often for the United States in its first-ever World Championship game against Kazakhstan. Matt Gilroy led the way with a three-goal performance.

Panthers netminder Scott Clemmensen stopped all 23 shots he saw in the first two periods before being replaced by Ben Bishop in the game.

- Alan Adams

RUSSIA 3 - Germany 2
Germany rocked Russia like a hurricane, making the red machine work for the full 60 minutes, but in the end, Russia had something the Germans didn't: Ilya Kovalchuk and Alexander Ovechkin.

Kovalchuk got the first, and Ovechkin the last goal. Semyon Varlamov made 32 saves for Russia. Germany's Christian Ehrhoff scored in his first game in the tournament and goaltender Dimitri Kotschnew turned away 33 Russian shots as Russia won 3-2 Saturday.

"It was a tight game, and we expected that kind of a game. Germany played good hockey," Viktor Kozlov said.

Russia has a powerful offence in Alexander Ovechkin, Ilya Kovalchuk, Pavel Datsyuk, Sergei Fedorov, Alexander Semin, Maxim Afinogenov. Germany doesn't have them, but they do have the backing of the home crowd.

Except that in the game against Russia, the guests were almost as loud.

- Risto Pakarinen

SWITZERLAND 3 - Czech Republic 2
Andreas Ambühl scored two goals and Martin Plüss added another to lead Switzerland to an impressive 3-2 win against the Czech Republic at SAP Arena tonight. Winning goalie Martin Gerber stopped 30 of 32 shots.

"We were very excited, very ready for this match," said Swiss defenceman Félicien Du Bois.

The win gives Switzerland first place outright in Group F with a perfect record of 3-0-0 for nine points, three clear of Canada and Sweden. It also disproved any suggestion that the team's last game, a 4-1 win over Canada, was a mere fluke.

Panthers netminder Tomas Vokoun lost his first game of the tournament (three games) while stopping 21 Swiss shots.

- Andrew Podnieks
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