May 5, 2009

World Championships Update #3 - Tampa Bay Lightning Edition

The preliminary and qualifying rounds have been completed at World Championships. The playoff round begins tomorrow, which is the part of the tournament where countries are playing for a medal spot. The top four teams from each qualifying group move on to the playoff round, and they include the usual suspects - plus a couple of minor surprises.

The quarterfinal matchups for tomorrow are:
  • Group E #1 Russia vs. Group F #4 Belarus
  • Group F #2 Finland vs. Group E #3 USA
The quarterfinal matchups for Thursday are:
  • Group F #1 Canada vs. Group E #4 Latvia
  • Group E #2 Sweden vs. Group F #3 Czech Republic
The winners of the first two games play each other in the semifinals, as well as the winners of the second two games, on Friday. The winners of the semifinals play for gold on Sunday. For game times, please click HERE.

The relegation round ended yesterday, with Denmark winning the group.

Canada (4-0-1): RW Martin St. Louis (4 G, 10 A, 2 PIM) & C Steven Stamkos (6 G, 2 A, 4 PIM)

St. Louis is still leading the tournament in scoring, now with 14 points. There are four players behind him with 10 points each. Stamkos is tied for the goal scoring lead with two others, Niko Kapanen of Finland and Jason Spezza of Canada, all with six goals each.

Finland (4-0-1): G Karri Ramo (1-0, 0.947 SV%, 1.00 GAA)

Ramo has not played since his one and only start against Denmark, in which he was awarded a win.

Latvia (3-2-0): RW Martins Karsums (1 G, 3 A, 27 PIM)

The United States of America (2-1-2): None

Team leaders: Scoring leader - LW Patrick O'Sullivan [Edmonton-NHL] (4 G, 3 A, 7 PTS); goal scoring leader - D Jack Johnson [LA-NHL] & Patrick O'Sullivan (4 G each); assists - D John-Michael Liles [Colorado-NHL] (6 A); penalties - RW David Backes [St. Louis-NHL] (29 PIM).

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

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