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WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP UPDATE

Enroth and Sekera are both in action during "Quarterfinal Thursday"

Wednesday, 05.15.2013 / 3:51 PM / News
By Kevin Snow  - Sabres.com
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WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP UPDATE
After starting out with five representatives, Jhonas Enroth and Andrej Sekera will be the only two Sabres\u2019 players in action on \u201Cquarterfinal Thursday\u201D at the 2013 IIHF World Championship. Four sudden-death games will take place \u2013 two each in Stockholm and Helsinki. All four of Thursday\u2019s games can be seen live on the NBC Sports Network.

And then there were two.

After starting out with five representatives, Jhonas Enroth and Andrej Sekera will be the only two Sabres’ players in action on “quarterfinal Thursday” at the 2013 IIHF World Championship. Four sudden-death games will take place – two each in Stockholm and Helsinki. All four of Thursday’s games can be seen live on the NBC Sports Network.

Enroth and Sweden will face Canada in the nightcap in Stockholm (2:15 p.m. ET), while Sekera’s Slovakian squad will take on the host Finns in Helsinki (11:30 a.m. ET).

The day opens with the United States meeting Russia in Helsinki (6 a.m. ET), followed by the Czech Republic battling with the surprising Swiss in Stockholm (8:45 a.m. ET). Switzerland went undefeated in the preliminary round, posting a tournament-best 20 points. A 3-2 shootout win over Canada on May 5 prevented Switzerland from claiming all 21 available points. Regulation wins were worth three points, and shootout wins were only worth two.

The scene shifts completely to Stockholm for medal-round action. The four winning teams will play in the semifinals on Saturday, with the Gold and Bronze medal games on Sunday.

If the games are tied at the end of regulation, the IIHF’s four-on-four 10-minute sudden-death overtime rule still applies during quarterfinal, semifinal and bronze-medal action. In the gold-medal game, overtime will be 20 minutes in length.

If overtime solves nothing, the teams will take part in a shootout – or a “Game Winning Shots” competition as they to refer to it in IIHF speak. Just like the NHL, three shooters from each team will alternate shots until a winner is determined. But unlike the NHL, once the third-round is complete, any player is eligible to shoot until the winning goal is scored. In fact, the same player could take every shot for a team from the fourth round on.

Hockey fans may remember the marathon seven-round shootout at the 2007 World Junior Championship that saw Jonathan Toews and Peter Mueller take three of their team’s shots in Canada’s 2-1 semifinal win over a United States team coached by Ron Rolston. Toews put Canada ahead 6-5 in the seventh round with his third goal, but Carey Price denied Mueller’s third attempt to seal the Canadian victory. Toews shot in the third, fifth and seventh round, while Mueller countered in the second, fifth and seventh.

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Hodgson 72 20 24 -26 44
T. Ennis 80 21 22 -25 43
D. Stafford 70 16 18 -19 34
C. Ehrhoff 79 6 27 -27 33
C. Stewart 63 15 11 0 26
C. Conacher 79 7 19 1 26
T. Myers 62 9 13 -26 22
Z. Girgensons 70 8 14 -6 22
M. Foligno 74 7 12 -17 19
J. McBain 69 6 11 -13 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
M. Neuvirth 4 8 2 .921 2.78
J. Enroth 4 17 5 .911 2.82