|Senators forward Ryan Shannon of the United States throws a check at Sweden's Anton Stralman during their game Wednesday at the 2009 IIHF World Hockey Championship in Bern, Switzerland (Photo by Matthew Manor/HHOF-IIHF Images).
Ryan Shannon and the United States seemed to be on their way.
Fuelled by a pair of goals by the Ottawa Senators forward, the Americans built a 5-2 lead in their preliminary-round matchup in Bern, Switzerland, at the 2009 IIHF World Hockey Championship.
But a stunning rally by the Swedes in the final 12 minutes tied it up, then Kristian Huselius of the Columbus Blue Jackets notched the game-winner for the Tre Kronor just 1:59 into overtime.
Shannon's power-play goal had given the U.S. a 3-2 lead late in the second period, then the Sens forward pushed the American advantage to 4-2 at the 4:06 mark of the third.
While they couldn't hold off the Swedes' comeback, the U.S. did seal top spot in Group C by extending the game into overtime. The Americans, whose lineup also includes Nick Foligno
of the Senators, face France in their first qualification round game on Friday.
Finland, meanwhile, stayed unbeaten and locked up top spot in Group C by edging the Czech Republic 4-3 in Kloten. The result means Team Canada (3-0-0) opens up its qualification round action on Thursday against the Czechs, also in Kloten (2:15 p.m., TSN).
The Finnish roster includes Jarkko Ruutu of the Senators.
Also Wednesday, Peter Regin
and Denmark were edged by Norway 5-4 in overtime, which dropped the Danes into the relegation round along with Hungary, Austria and Germany.What's in a number?
When players head overseas for international competition, it's never a guarantee the number they'll don for their country is the same one they normally wear for their National Hockey League team.
So it is for the Senators contingent at the 2009 IIHF World Hockey Championship. While Chris Phillips
(4, Canada), Mike Fisher (12, Canada), Dany Heatley (15, Canada), Ryan Shannon (26, United States) and Jarkko Ruutu (73, Finland) are sporting digits familiar to Ottawa fans, the same isn't true for five others.Jason Spezza
(91, Canada), Christoph Schubert (13, Germany), Nick Foligno
(17, U.S.), Peter Regin
(93, Denmark) and Anton Volchenkov (6, Russia) have all changed it up for this tournament. The latter has been sidelined for this competion with a fractured ankle suffered when he blocked a shot in Russia's 5-0 blanking of Germany on the weekend.For a complete 2009 world hockey championship schedule, click here.For more pictures from the tournament, view our photo gallery here.