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by Staff Writer / Florida Panthers
And the Panthers are perfect no more. Well at least for one player at the World Championships in Canada.

While Magnus Johansson and Sweden decimated France 9-0 in their second preliminary game Monday and Olli Jokinen and Ville Peltonen outlasted Norway by a 3-2 score, Branislav Mezei and Slovakia fell 4-2 in their game to Germany.

Magnus Johansson (Getty Images)
(Quebec City) The largest margin of victory so far goes to the Swedes as they owned the ice, the building, and whatever else against the French on Monday.

The best part was they didn’t even get started with the scoring until 8:46 into the second period as T Martensson scored the game winner. Johansson picked up the second assist on the goal for his second point of the prelims.

Sweden would score three more times in the middle period, including a goal by Carolina’s N Wallin with 18 seconds in the period.

The floodgates crashed open just 4:31 into the third as Washington’s Nicklas Backstrom scored, giving Sweden a 5-0 lead. Then they would add three more in just a span of 4:10 as Vancouver’s Alexander Edler, Edmonton’s Robert Nilsson, and Kenny Jonsson all collected goals.

Backstrom netted his second of the game with 25 seconds left of play.

Johansson picked up that assist on six shots and was a +2. He led the team in ice time with 23:41.

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Ville Peltonen (Getty Images)
(Halifax) No one would have guessed the Finland vs Norway game would have been one of the better games of the tournament to date, especially since Finland outnumbered Norway in NHLers 10-0 playing in that game.

But the underdog Norway team gave Finland everything they had, sending the game to overtime before a Tuomo Ruutu (Carolina) goal 1:27 in gave the Fins the 3-2 victory.

All of the other scoring was done in the opening period. Tampa Bay’s Jussi Jokinen gave Finland the 1-0 lead just 1:37 into the game. Norway answered to tie the score at one when Morten Ask scored 2:49 later.

Then Peltonen netted his first of the prelims, giving Finland a 2-1 lead with 3:46 left in the first but it didn’t matter as Norway answered again with Anders Bastiansen scoring on the power play to tie it with 9 seconds left in the period.

Neither team could solve the goaltenders the rest of the way until Ruutu’s goal as Norway’s Pal Grotnes stopped 26 shots in the second and third periods while Finland’s Petri Vehanen stopped nine.

Peltonen, along with the goal, finished with a penalty and two shots on net. He was also a +1 on 27:13 of ice time. Jokinen led the team in shots with six and had 21:08 of ice time.

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Branislav Mezei (Getty Images)
(Halifax) Germany jumped on Slovakia early and the Slovakian’s never recovered in their 4-2 defeat Monday. It didn’t hurt that the game was won on special teams.

Boston’s Marco Sturm got the German’s on the board 6:57 into the contest as they capitalized on a power play attempt. They then connected on the power play again with 4:55 remaining in the period as Stefan Ustorf gave them the 2-0 lead.

Slovakia finally got a goal as Ivan Ciernik scored with the man advantage 9:39 into the second period but Germany’s Michael Hackert gave them the two-goal cushion with the eventual game winner with 1:55 remaining in the period.

Hackert then scored his second on the night and Germany’s third power play goal of the game when he scored 8:42 into the third period. Former Panther Juraj Kolnik scored a Slovakian power play goal with four seconds left in the contest, closing out the scoring.

Mezei picked up six penalty minutes and had 14:14 of ice time.

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