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HODGSON, MYERS, McCABE OPEN PLAY AT WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

Canada falls to France while USA beats Belarus; Girgensons, Latvia play Saturday

Friday, 05.09.2014 / 3:29 PM / News
By Chris Ryndak  - Sabres.com (@chrisryndak)
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HODGSON, MYERS, McCABE OPEN PLAY AT WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
Myers, Hodgson and McCabe participated in Day 1 of the IIHF World Championships in Belarus.
Cody Hodgson

On the ice, four Buffalo Sabres players are participating in the 2014 IIHF World Championship in Minsk, Belarus.

Cody Hodgson and Tyler Myers are representing Team Canada while Zemgus Girgensons is playing for Team Latvia and Jake McCabe is on Team USA.

The tournament opened on Friday with four games. Hodgson, Myers and McCabe were all in action while Girgensons and Sabres coach Ted Nolan’s Latvian team will open play on Saturday against Finland.

Team Canada fell to Team France 3-2 in a shootout. Hodgson found his way onto the scoresheet as he assisted on Brayden Schenn’s power-play goal with 14 seconds remaining in the first period. Hodgson also had an opportunity to win the game late in the third period.

Pierre-Edouard Bellemare scored the only goal in the shootout and Cristobal Huet made 34 saves for the French.

According to the IIHF, it was just the second French win ever over Canada at the World Championships, dating back to 1931.

Canada is hoping for its first IIHF World Championship gold medal since 2007 and first medal of any shade since 2009. They’ll next face Slovakia on Saturday.

McCabe and the Americans took on host Belarus and skated away with a 6-1 victory. Three quick goals at the start of the second period gave the Americans a good cushion that they were able to hang on to. Defenseman Jacob Trouba scored twice for the U.S. and Tim Thomas made 19 saves to earn the “W.”

Former Sabres assistant coach Joe Sacco is serving as an assistant coach on Team USA under new Nashville Predators coach Peter Laviolette.

Another name to watch in the tournament is Germany’s Leon Draisaitl, who is expected to be a top pick in the 2014 NHL Draft. Germany’s first game is on Saturday against Kazakhstan.

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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