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Meltzer's Musings: Tuesday Quick Hits

May 20, 2014, 10:41 AM ET [335 Comments]
Bill Meltzer
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* Team Canada defeated Norway by a 3-2 count earlier today at the 2014 IIHF World Championships in Minsk, Belarus. Joel Ward notched two goals to lead Canada after the Norwegians took a 1-0 lead to the first intermission. None of the Flyers representatives on Team Canad recorded a point in the game.

Brayden Schenn did not record a shot on goal in 17:37 of ice time but did win 13 of 19 faceoffs after struggling at the dot for much of the tourney to date. Matt Read had two shots on goal in 10:14 of ice time (his lowest TOI in any preliminary round match). Braydon Coburn was minus-one with one shot on goal in 21:58 of ice time.

* Team USA emerged from a hard fought game today against scrappy Team Germany with a 5-4 win in regulation. The game was scoreless after the first period and tied 3-3 after a seesaw middle frame. Local product Johnny Gaudreau tallied a goal and two assists for Peter Laviolette's American team. Phantoms forward Marcel Noebels did not record a point for Germany but had two shots on goal in 17:35 of ice time. One of the shots took a strong pad save by Tim Thomas to prevent Noebels from scoring.

* Phantoms defenseman Oliver Lauridsen and Team Denmark return to action today against Slovakia. The Danes, who got spanked 6-2 by France yesterday, would like to forget a terrible performance against the French team. Dallas Stars forward Antoine Roussel notched a goal and three assists for France, while Stephane da Costa had two goals and two assists. Lauridsen was minus-one in the game, while Philip Larsen was minus-five.

* Former Flyers defenseman Erik Gustafsson skated 17:33 over 20 shifts yesterday for Team Sweden in a 5-1 win over Italy. Gustav Nyquist notched two goals for Tre Kronor, while Linus Klasen racked up for assists.

* Coming off a 5-2 pounding on Sunday from WHL champion Edmonton in Memorial Cup round robin play, Flyers goaltending prospect Anthony Stolarz and the London Knights return to action tomorrow night against fellow OHL team Guelph. Stolarz stopped 27 of 30 shots in 40 minutes of action against Edmonton before giving way to Jake Patterson in the third period. Last night, Guelph doubled up QMJHL champion Val-d'Or by a 6-3 count. Tonight, Edmonton plays Val-d'Or.
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