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Three Florida Panthers Advance to 2015 IIHF Semifinals

by Staff / Florida Panthers

SUNRISE, Fla. – The 2015 IIHF World Men’s Ice Hockey semifinals will take place on Saturday, May 16, with D Aaron Ekblad (Canada), F Jaromir Jagr (Czech Republic) and D Dmitry Kulikov (Russia) representing their respective countries.

Host Czech Republic takes on undefeated Team Canada at O2 Arena in Prague at 9:15 a.m. (ET). Later in the day, Russia, the 2014 IIHF World Champions will face-off with Team USA at 1:15 p.m. (ET). The winners of each game will advance to the Gold Medal game on Sunday, May 17, at 2:45 p.m. (ET), while the Bronze Medal game will take place earlier in the day at 10:15 a.m. (ET).

The USA - Russia game will be carried live on NBCSN and also streamed live via NBC Sports Live Extra.

The USA last won a World Championship Gold Medal in 1960 (then in conjunction with the Winter Olympic Games), while Canada and Czech Republic last earned Gold Medals in 2007 and 2010 respectively.

Cats Stat Recap

•D Aaron Ekblad leads Team Canada’s defensemen with four goals and is ranked third overall in points recorded by defensemen (4-3—7) in the tournament.

•Czech Republic native F Jaromir Jagr scored twice to help his team advance past Finland on Thursday May, 14 and into the Semifinals. Jagr recorded the game-winning goal in the contest and has recorded nine points (6-3—9) in eight games played.

•F Aleksander Barkov recorded a goal in Finalnd’s 5-3 loss to the Czech Republic on Thursday and logged a team-high 20:11 TOI. Barkov finished the tournament with seven points (4-3—7) in eight games played.

•F Jussi Jokinen notched a goal and an assist in Finland’s 5-3 loss to the Czech Republic on Thursday. Jokinen finished the tournament as Finland’s top point scorer, recording 11 points (3-8—11) in eight games played and served as team Captain.

• F Tomas Kopecky served as team Captain for Slovakia and recorded two points (1-1—2) in six games.

• D Dmitry Kulikov has recorded one assist in eight games played with a +7 rating. He logged a team-high 21:35 TOI in Russia’s win over Sweden.

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