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Erat Has OT Goal Called Back, Czechs Win in Shootout

by Jay Levin / Nashville Predators
Martin Erat had an apparent overtime goal called back on a controversal offsides in an eventual 3-2 shootout win for Czech Republic, while Dan Hamhuis picked up a first period assist in Canada's eventual 10-1 rout of Germany in Day 9 of the 2008 World Championships.


Erat appeared to score in the first minute of overtime when Jaroslav Hlinka's stretch pass sprung Erat for a breakaway. Erat slid a backhander into the net, but the play was whistled offsides. Neither team was able to convert the remainder of the overtime session, sending the game to a shootout where the Czech Republic edged Belarus 2-1 for the win. Belarus opened the scoring late in the first period, followed by a Czech Republic goal late in the second period. Andrei Kostitsyn and  Ales Kotalik traded goals less than four minutes apart in the middle of the third frame to send the game into overtime tied 2-2. With the win Czech Republic improved to 9 points in Group E, good for second place in the group.

Canada cruised to a 10-1 win, scoring three times in a 6:02 span late in the first period to build a 4-0 lead. Hamhuis started the barrage, drawing the lone assist on Dany Heatley's goal to open the flurry, the eventual game-winning score. The Canadian's added five more goals in the second period and traded tallies with Germany in the third to close out the scoring. Eric Staal had four goals and one assist in the game, while his linemate Martin St. Louis chipped in with five assists. Canada remained unbeaten in the tournament, improving to 12 points in Group F.

Alexander Ovechkin scored with six seconds remaining in regulation to lift Russia to a 3-2 win over Sweden in a chippy game which saw Ilya Kovalchuk and Anton Stralman draw game misconducts 10:02 into the first period. Alexander Radulov was credited with four shots in the game, while Preds prospect Patric Hornqvist was held scoreless. Sweden opened the scoring 7:15 into the game and the team's traded second period goals to give the Swedes a 2-1 lead heading into the final period. Sergei Fedorov scored the equalizer 4:57 into the third, setting the stage for Ovechkin's game-winner. With the win, Russia improved to 10 points in Group E, good for first place. Sweden remained at six points with two wins and two losses toward its Qualifying Round totals.

Team USA returns to action tomorrow against Team Finland, while Czech Republic and Sweden faceoff in Group E play, with both team's competing for the second consecutive day. Norway faces Latvia in the other Group F contest, while Denmark and Switzerland meet in Group E.


Preds Scoring at the World Championships

Martin Erat (CZE) - 5 gp, 2g-3a, 10 shots, 1 GWG, 1 SHG
Preliminary Round
May 2 DEN (5-2 W) - 0g-0a, 3 shots, 20:10 ice time
May 4 RUS (4-5 OTL) - 0g-0a, 4 shots, 20:46 ice time
May 6 ITA (7-2 W) - 1g-2a, 2 shots, 15:03 ice time (scored game's opening goal, assisted on game-winning goal)
Qualifying Round
May 8 SUI (5-0 W) - 1g-1a, 1 shot, 16:53 ice time (game-winning, shorthanded goal)
May 10 BLR (3-2 SOW) - 0g-0a, 0 shots, 18:25 ice time (had potential OT goal waived off due to offsides call)
May 11 SWE
 
Dan Hamhuis (CAN) - 5 gp, 1g-1a, 5 shots
Preliminary Round
May 2 SLO (5-1 W) - 1g-0a, 2 shots, 17:47 ice time (scored game's opening goal)
May 4 LAT (7-0 W) - 0g-0a, 1 shot, 14:09 ice time
May 6 USA (5-4 W) - 0g-0a, 0 shots, 19:21 ice time
Qualifying Round
May 8 NOR (2-1 W) - 0g-0a, 1 shot, 14:40 ice time
May 10 GER (10-1 W) - 0g-1a, 1 shot, 14:29 ice time (assisted on game-winning goal)
May 12 FIN

Patric Hornqvist (SWE) - 5 gp, 4g-0a, 22 shots, 2 PPG, 1 SHG
Preliminary Round
May 3 BLR (6-5 W) - 2g-0a, 9 shots, 15:41 ice time (tied score at 3-3 & 5-5)**
May 5 FRA (9-0 W) - 1g-0a, 6 shots, 14:34 ice time (leads tournament with 15 shots)
May 7 SUI (2-4 L) - 1g-0a, 4 shots, 17:23 ice time (leads tournament with 19 shots)
Qualifying Round
May 8 DEN (8-1 W) - 0g-0a, 2 shots, 16:09 ice time
May 10 RUS (2-3 L) - 0g-0a, 1 shot, 15:36 ice time
May 11 CZE

Ville Koistinen (FIN) - 4 gp, 0g-1a, 2 shots
Preliminary Round
May 3 GER (5-1) - 0g-0a, 0 shots, 17:26
May 5 NOR (3-2 OTW) - 0g-1a, 0 shots, 13:43 (assist on game's opening goal)
May 7 SVK (3-2 W) - 0g-0a, 0 shots, 13:14
Qualifying Round
May 9 LAT (2-1 W) - 0g-0a, 2 shots, 16:05
May 11 USA
May 12 CAN

Janne Niskala (FIN) - 4 gp, 0g-2a, 6 shots

Preliminary Round
May 3 GER (5-1) - 0g-1a, 2 shots, 18:29 (assist on game's opening goal)
May 5 NOR (3-2 OTW) - 0g-0a, 1 shot, 17:11 ice time
May 7 SVK (3-2 W) - 0g-0a, 1 shot, 13:29 ice time
Qualifying Round
May 9 LAT (2-1 W) - 0g-1a, 2 shots, 11:51
May 11 USA
May 12 CAN

Antti Pihlstrom (FIN) - 4 gp, 1g-2a, 10 shots
Preliminary Round
May 3 GER (5-1) - 0g-1a, 4 shots, 10:30
May 5 NOR (3-2 OTW) - 0g-0a, 0 shots, 7:03 ice time
May 7 SVK (3-2 W) - 0g-0a, 4 shots, 14:40 ice time
Qualifying Round
May 9 LAT (2-1 W) - 1g-1a, 2 shots, 9:59 ice time (scored game-tying goal, assisted on game-winning goal)**
May 11 USA
May 12 CAN

Alexander Radulov (RUS) - 3 gp, 0g-1a, 8 shots
Preliminary Round
May 2 ITA (7-1 W) - DNP
May 4 CZE (5-4 OTW) - 0g-0a, 0 shots, 6:09 ice time
May 6 DEN (4-1 W) - 0g-1a, 4 shots, 12:00 ice time
Qualifying Round
May 9 BLR (4-3 SOW) - DNP
May 10 SWE (3-2 W) - 0g-0a, 4 shots, 12:58 ice time
May 12 SUI

Marek Zidlicky (CZE) - 5 gp, 1g-4a, 14 shots, 1 GWG, 1 PPG
Preliminary Round
May 2 DEN (5-2 W) - 0g-0a, 2 shots, 22:33 ice time
May 4 RUS (4-5 OTL) - 0g-2a, 5 shots, 25:48 ice time
May 6 ITA (7-2 W) - 1g-1a, 3 shots, 21:48 ice time (game-winning goal)**
Qualifying Round
May 8 SUI (5-0 W) - 0g-1a, 3 shots, 23:36 ice time
May 10 BLR (3-2 SOW) - 0g-0a, 1 shot, 28:08 ice time (led all skaters in ice time)
May 11 SWE

** denotes - named his team's Best Player of the Game
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