May 2, 2009

World Championships Update #2 - Tampa Bay Lightning Edition

Here's the second installment on how Lightning players are doing on their respective national teams at World Championships in Switzerland.

Canada: RW Martin St. Louis (4 G, 7 A, 2 PIM) & C Steven Stamkos (5 G, 2 A, 2 PIM)

Canada is 4-0 on the tournament now, recently beating the Czech Republic 5-1 yesterday. Stamkos scored two goals, registered one assist on a St. Louis goal, and was called for cross-checking. St. Louis scored a goal and also had one assist on a Shea Weber goal.

St. Louis is still leading the tournament in scoring with 11 points in three games. While Stamkos is tied for the goal scoring lead with Niko Kapanen of Finland with five goals. Canada’s next game is against Norway tomorrow.

Finland: G Karri Ramo (1-0, 0.947 SV%, 1.00 GAA)

Finland is now 4-1, having just beat the Czech Republic 4-3, Slovakia 2-1, and losing to Belarus 1-2 in a shoot out. Ramo has not played since he started the game against Denmark. Finland’s next game is against the Canada on Monday.

Latvia: RW Martins Karsums (1 G, 3 A, 27 PIM)

Latvia is 4-1, having just recently beaten Switzerland 2-1 and France 7-1. Karsums was awarded two assists in the game against France on goals by Karlis Skrastins and Girts Ankipans. Karsums has had some controversial hits in the tournament, and is third overall in penalty minutes with 27 PIM in five games. Benoit Quessandier of France leads the tournament in penalties with 31 PIM. Latvia’s next game is against Austria tomorrow.

The United States of America: None

The Americans are 3-2 in the tournament, recently losing to Sweden 6-5 in overtime, beating France 6-2, and losing to Russia 4-1 today. Defenseman Jack Johnson (Los Angeles-NHL) leads the squad in scoring with six points (4 G, 2A, 2 PIM). He and left wing Patrick O'Sullivan (Edmonton-NHL) lead the Americans in goal scoring, both having scored four goals each. Defenseman John-Michael Liles (Colorado-NHL) leads the assists category with five, and right wing Lee Stempniak (Toronto-NHL) leads the team in penalty minutes with six PIM. The United States’ next game is against Switzerland on Monday.

For game summaries, please go to the IIHF > Statistics page.

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