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Fasth, Sweden reach WJC semifinals

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers
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Rangers prospect Jesper Fasth had a memorable New Year's Eve along with his Swedish teammates at the World Junior Championships, as the Swedes toppled Canada 6-5 in an overtime shootout to clinch an automatic berth in Monday's tournament semifinals.

Sweden, which has not won a World Junior gold in the past 29 years but is 4-0-0 already at this tournament, won a true thriller when Anton Lander scored in the third round of the shootout against Canadian goaltender Olivier Roy to clinch the shootout win.

Jesper Fasth
The Swedes trailed 3-2 after the first period and were down 5-4 late in the third before tying the game on a late goal by Patrik Cehlin at 11:43 of the third. That set the stage for the dramatic shootout where Oscar Lindberg and Lander scored for Sweden, while netminder Robin Lehner stopped Canada's Ryan Ellis and Brayden Schenn.

Sweden outshot Canada 42-34 for the game and got outstanding goaltending from Lehner, an Ottawa Senators prospect who finished with 29 saves.

Fasth, who has three goals in four games at the 2011 World Junior tournament, finished without a shot on goal Friday, but was on the ice for a goal by Jesper Thornberg that gave Sweden a brief 4-3 lead at 2:44 of the middle period. Fasth, who again skated on Sweden's No. 1 line, also played in all situations and was on the ice for both a late penalty kill and power-play opportunity.

Roman Horak
In another game on Friday, Rangers prospect Roman Horak and the Czechs were eliminated from medal contention with an 8-3 loss to Russia. The Czechs dropped into the relegation round, where they will face Germany in their next game on Sunday

Russia outscored the Czechs by a 4-1 margin in each of the first two periods, even though the Czechs had managed to score the first goal in each period before Russia opened its floodgates. The Czechs scored the only goal of the third period, as they outshot the Russians 34-29 for the game

Horak finished with four of the Czechs' 29 shots on goal, including one shot in the first, two in the second. He was on the ice for three of Russia's even-strength goals and ended the game at minus-3. He was also on the ice for the second Czech goal, a power-play tally by Petr Straka to cut Russia's lead to 4-2 at 2:33 of the second period.
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