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2009 IIHF WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

by Staff Writer / Buffalo Sabres

Sabres.com will post a running recap of each game a Sabres player participates in during the 2009 IIHF World Championships that begins on April 24.  See the tournament's full schedule and statistics package on its official site. Looking for updates? Check out the IIHF Twitter page by clicking here.

RUS 2, CAN 1 (May 10)

Lindy Ruff claimed the silver medal behind the bench for Canada, falling 2-1 against Russia in the gold-medal round. It is the second year in a row Russia has won in the finals against its rival.

ROY: GP 9; G 4; A 5; PTS 8; PIM 2
SWE 4, USA 2 (May 10)

The United States claimed fourth place in the tournament after falling 4-2 to Sweden. Drew Stafford ended with two goals and an assist through nine games played.

STAFFORD: GP 9; G 2; A 1; PTS 3; PIM 6
CAN 3, SWE 1 (May 8)

Derek Roy led Canada with two goals en route to a 3-1 victory over Sweden. Canada advances to the gold medal game for the sixth time in the last seven years.

ROY: GP 8; G 4; A 5; PTS 8; PIM 2
USA 2, RUS 3 (May 8)

The United States lost in the semi-finals, falling 3-2 to Russia. Tied 2-2 with 1:47 remaining in the game, Konstantin Gorovikov scored a late power play goal to solidify the victory.  

STAFFORD: GP 8; G 2; A 1; PTS 3; PIM 4
CAN 4, LAT 2 (May 7)

Team Canada advances to play Sweden after a 4-2 win against Latvia, marking the country's seventh straight appearance in the semi finals. Derek Roy earned an assist on the night.

ROY: GP 7; G 2; A 5; PTS 6; PIM 2
FIN 2, USA 3 (May 6)

The Americans held on for a 3-2 win against Finland. Dustin Brown, TJ Oshie and Ryan Suter each scored in the second period in the victory. Team USA will play Russia on Friday.

STAFFORD: GP 7; G 2; A 1; PTS 3; PIM 4
USA 3, SUI 4 (May 4)

Team USA dropped a 4-3 decision to Switzerland. Ron Hainsey added two goals for the Americans in the game. Despite the loss US moves on to play Finland in the quarter finals.

STAFFORD: GP 6; G 2; A 1; PTS 3; PIM 4
CAN 3, FIN 4 SO (May 4)

Canada suffered its first loss of the tournament, in a 4-3 shootout against Finland. Hannes Hyvönen scored the game-winner. Derek Roy added an assist on the night.

ROY: GP 6; G 2; A 3; PTS 5; PIM 2
SVK 3, NOR 2 OT (May 4)

Ladislav Nagy scored 2:07 into overtime to lead Slovakia to a 3-2 win over Norway. Andrej Sekera earned the assist on the goal. The game is Slovakia's final contest in the tournament, failing to qualify for the next round.

SEKERA: GP 6; G 0; A 2; PTS 2; PIM 2
DEN 5, AUT 2 (May 4)

Denmark rallied from a 2-0 deficit to beat Austria 5-2. "The result means that the Danes have qualified for Germany next year in the top pool while Austria is being sent down to Division I, Group A" according to the IIHF Web site.

VANEK: GP 6; G 1; A 3; PTS 4; PIM 2
HUN 1, GER 2 (May 4)

Germany secured 15th place with a 2-1 win over Hungary in the Relegation Round. Philip Gogulla added an assist in the victory

HECHT: GP 5; G 1; A 0; PTS 1; PIM 4
GOGULLA: GP 5; G 0; A 1; PTS 1; PIM 2
NOR 1, CAN 5 (May 3)

Canada defeated Norway 5-1for its fifth straight win. Defenceman Drew Doughty led the team with a goal and two assists. Still undefeated, Canada remains in top spot of Group F.

ROY: GP 5; G 2; A 2; PTS 4; PIM 2
GER 0, AUT 1 (May 3)

Thomas Vanek earned the assist on Thomas Koch's game-winning goal for a 1-0 win over Germany. Austria will play Denmark on Monday for first place in Group G.

VANEK: GP 5; G 1; A 3; PTS 4; PIM 0
RUS 4, USA 1 (May 2)

Team Russia handed the United States its second loss of the tournament in a 4-1 contest. Lee Stempniak scored the lone goal for the Americans.

STAFFORD: GP 5; G 2; A 1; PTS 3; PIM 4
CZE 8, SVK 0 (May 2)

Jaromir Jagr and Roman Cervenka each scored a pair of goals for Czechoslovakia en route to a 8-0 shutout against Slovakia. Andrej Sekera logged 18:03 minutes of ice time in the loss.

SEKERA: GP 5; G 0; A 1; PTS 1; PIM 0

USA 6, FRA 2 (May 1)

The United States held a 4-0 lead before France got on the board in the third period. Six different scorers combined for the Americans' 6-2 win.

STAFFORD: GP 4; G 2; A 1; PTS 3; PIM 4
FIN 2, SVK 1 (May 1)

Lubos Bartecko scored Slovakia's lone goal as they fell 2-1 to Finland. Andrej Sekera logged 22:21 minutes of ice time in the contest.

SEKERA: GP 4; G 0; A 1; PTS 1; PIM 0
AUS 6,  LAT 0 (May 1)

Thomas Koch registered a hat trick in a 6-0 win against Latvia, for Austria's first win of the tournament. Thomas Vanek added a goal and two assists in the victory.

VANEK: GP 4; G 1; A 2; PTS 3; PIM 0
GER 1, DEN 3 (May 1)

Germany lost it's fourth consecutive game in the tournament in a 3-1 decision to Denmark. Christoph Schubert scored the lone goal for Germany.

HECHT: GP 4; G 1; A 0; PTS 1; PIM 2
GOGULLA: GP 4; G 0; A 0; PTS 0; PIM 2
CAN 5, CZE 1 (April 30)

Steve Stamkos net a pair of goals to lead Canada to their fourth straight win. Lindy Ruff's team held a 4-0 lead over Czechoslovakia before Ales Hemsky put them on the board late in the third period.

ROY: GP 4; G 2; A 2; PTS 4; PIM 2
SWE 6, USA 5 OT (April 29)

Team USA held a 5-2 lead in the third period before a late rally from Sweden cost them the game. Kristian Huselius scored two minutes into overtime to deal the Americans their first loss of the tournament.

STAFFORD: GP 3; G 2; A 1; PTS 3; PIM 0
AUS 0, LAT 2 (April 29)

Team Austria dropped its third straight contest, shut out 2-0 against Latvia. Thomas Vanek logged 17:59 minutes of ice time.

VANEK: GP 3; G 0; A 0; PTS 0; PIM 0
   
 CAN 7, SVK 3 (April 28)

Lindy Ruff's team claimed its third consecutive win with a 7-3 decision over Slovakia. Derek Roy produced a goal while his line - alongside Jason Spezza and Dany Heatley - combined for five points on the night.

ROY: GP 3; G 2; A 2; PTS 4; PIM 0
CAN 7, SVK 3 (April 28)

Team Slovakia dropped to 2-1 in the tournament with a 7-3 loss to Canada. Andrej Sekera logged 20 minutes of ice time in the contest.

SEKERA: GP 3; G 0; A 1; PTS 1; PIM 0
FRA 2, GER 1 (April 28)

Jochen Hecht registered Germany's lone goal in a 2-1 loss to France. Hecht tied the game at 1-1 with a power play score early in the first frame before France's Luc Tardiff net the game-winner.

HECHT: GP 3; G 1; A 0; PTS 1; PIM 0
GOGULLA: GP 3; G 0; A 0; PTS 0; PIM 2

 
USA 6, AUS 1 (April 27)

Drew Stafford was credited with the game-winning goal as USA trounced Austria 6-1. Stafford scored the second goal of the night with Nick Foligno earning the assist.

STAFFORD: GP 2; G 2; A 0; PTS 2; PIM 0
 
 
USA 6, AUS 1 (April 27)

Austria continued to struggle offensively, scoring only one goal in their second consecutive loss. Thomas Vanek logged 18:46 minutes of ice time.

VANEK: GP 2; G 0; A 0; PTS 0; PIM 0
 
 
 CAN 9, HUN 0 (April 26)

Team Canada claimed its second consecutive victory, dominating Hungary 9-0. Derek Roy registered his first goal of the tournament in the first frame when Jason Spezza fed him a pass from behind the net.

ROY: GP 2; G 1; A 2; PTS 3; PIM 0
 
 
 SVK 1, BLR 2 SO (April 26)

Belarus struck early and led with a 1-0 lead over Slovakia for much of the game. Marcel Hossa scored with less than three minutes remaining in regulation, with a feed from Andrej Sekera, to send the game to overtime. A pair of shootout goals from Oleg Antonenko solidified the win for Belarus.

SEKERA: GP 2; G 0; A 1; PTS 1; PIM 0
 
 
 SUI 3, GER 2 OT (April 26)

Germany lost its second consecutive game with a 3-2 overtime loss to Switzerland. Christoph Schubert added a short-handed goal for Germany in the second frame to tie the contest at 2-2. Mark Streit sealed the victory for Switzerland 1:18 into the extra frame.

HECHT: GP 2; G 0; A 0; PTS 0; PIM 0
GOGULLA: GP 2; G 0; A 0; PTS 0; PIM 0
 
USA 4, LAT 2 (April 25)

Jack Johnson led the United States with a pair of goals in a 4-2 win against Latvia. Drew Stafford registered his first point of the tournament when he net a goal in the second period.

STAFFORD:
GP 1; G 1; A 0; PTS 1; PIM 0
 
SWE 7, AUS 1 (April 25)

Team Austria struggled in their debut of the tournament, dropping a 7-1 decision to Sweden. Martin Oraze scored the team's lone goal.

VANEK:
GP 1; G 0; A 0; PTS 0; PIM 0
 
BLR 1, CAN 5  (April 24)

Steve Stamkos and Dany Heatley each scored a pair of goals to lead Canada to a 5-1 win over Belarus. Derek Roy earned an assist and Lindy Ruff was credited with his first victory of the tournament.

ROY: GP 1; G 0; A 1; PTS 1; PIM 0
GER 0, RUS 5 (April 24)

Team Germany failed to get off to a good start in the tournament, getting shut out 5-0 to Russia. Jochen Hecht logged 11:20 minutes of ice time while Philip Gogulla played 14:36 minutes.

HECHT: GP 1; G 0; A 0; PTS 0; PIM 0
GOGULLA: GP 1; G 0; A 0; PTS 0; PIM 0
SVK 4, HUN 3 (April 24)

Slovakia staved off a late rally to claim a 4-3 win against Hungary. Andrej Sekera logged more than 22 minutes of ice time, earning a plus-2 rating.

SEKERA: GP 1; G 0; A 0; PTS 0; PIM 0

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