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HODGSON TIED FOR LEAD IN GOALS AT WORLDS

Sabres forward picked up a pair of goals on Friday, has six for Team Canada

Saturday, 05.17.2014 / 10:33 AM / News
By Chris Ryndak  - Sabres.com
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HODGSON TIED FOR LEAD IN GOALS AT WORLDS
Cody Hodgson remains hot at the 2014 IIHF World Championships in Minsk, Belarus. After scoring a hat trick for Team Canada on Thursday, the Buffalo Sabres forward netted a pair of goals in the Canadians\u2019 6-1 win over Italy on Friday.

Cody Hodgson remains hot at the 2014 IIHF World Championships in Minsk, Belarus.

After scoring a hat trick for Team Canada on Thursday, the Buffalo Sabres forward netted a pair of goals in the Canadians’ 6-1 win over Italy on Friday.

Canada jumped out to a 5-0 lead after two periods with Hodgson scoring both of his goals in the second period. He and Viktor Tikhonov of Russia are currently tied for the tournament lead in goals with six each.

James Reimer made 21 saves in the game for Canada. Brayden Schenn (1+1), Joel Ward (1+1) and Nathan MacKinnon (0+2) also had multi-point efforts.

Sabres defenseman Tyler Myers, who is also playing for Canada skated a game-high 22:30.


The United States’ game against Kazakhstan on Friday had to be settled in overtime. Nashville Predators rookie Seth Jones potted the winner 1:05 into the extra period to give the Americans a 4-3 victory. It was Jones’ second goal of the game.

The United States battled back from 1-0 and 2-1 deficits before taking a 3-2 lead on a goal from Matt Donovan 4:58 to play in the second period.

Sabres defenseman Jake McCabe skated 11:28 for the Americans.


Coming off a thrilling upset of the U.S. on Thursday, Team Latvia went into their game against Russia on Saturday looking to inch closer to first place in Group B.

Latvia took a 1-0 lead 7:30 into the contest, but Russia stormed back with three goals in the first and another midway through the second to win 4-1. Tikhonov recorded two goals and an assist for Russia while Kristers Guzlevskis made 39 saves for Team Latvia.

Sabres center Zemgus Girgensons played only 8:24. He was given a five-minute major for spearing and a game misconduct shortly after Russia scored its fourth goal of the game. He speared Russian forward Alexander Burmistrov between the legs after a faceoff in the offensive zone and was sent off for the remainder of the game.

Russia is currently undefeated in the tournament and has outscored its opponents 26-6.


Next up for the Sabres in the tournament:

Team USA plays Finalnd on Sunday while Team Canada takes on Finland for first place in Group A. Latvia is off until Monday when they’ll face Belarus.

The preliminary round wraps up on Tuesday. The quarterfinals begin on Thursday.

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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