World Championship Wrap: U.S. tops France

World Championship Wrap: U.S. tops France
May 11, 2013, 2:15 pm
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Stephen Gionta celebrates after scoring a goal in Team USA's 4-2 win over France. (AP)

Team USA took over the top spot in Group H after defeating France, 4-2, in International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) World Championship action on Saturday.

"Every team in this tournament can beat anyone," Stephen Gionta told iihf.com. "It's one game, and if you don't show up to play, you're not going to get the win. Every regulation win is huge, and to get that today puts us in a good spot."

Gionta, David Moss, Bobby Butler and Paul Stastny each recorded a goal for Team USA and netminder Ben Bishop made 13 saves in the victory.

In all, 10 different Americans registered a point against France, including former Flyers defenseman Matt Carle (one assist).  

Phantoms netminder Cal Heeter remained a healthy scratch. See a full recap at iihf.com.

Lauridsen hurt in Denmark's loss to Switzerland
Switzerland extended its winning streak to five games with a 4-1 win over Denmark on Saturday.

Flyers defenseman Oliver Lauridsen, playing for Denmark, suffered an apparent groin pull in the second period, according to Bill Meltzer of HockeyBuzz.com. Lauridsen played just one minute in the second frame before leaving and did not return to the game.

Goals by Luca Cunti, Ryan Gardner, Reto Suri and Nino Niederreiter helped Switzerland secure a berth in the quarterfinals of the tournament. See a full recap at iihf.com.

Finland qualifies for quarterfinals
After taking care of Russia on Friday, Finland qualified for the quarterfinals after crushing Austria, 7-2, on Saturday.

Petri Kontiola become the first player in the tournament to reach double digit points (12) after notching a goal and two assists.

Veli-Matti Savinainen scored twice and Lauri Korpikoski and Jarno Koskiranta each had a goal and an assist for Finland. See a full recap at iihf.com.

Sweden wins without Sedin brothers
Daniel and Henrik Sedin were expected to make their tournament debut on Saturday, but did not play in Sweden's 2-0 win over Slovenia.

Gabriel Landeskog and Fredrik Pettersson provided the offense for Sweden, which remains third in its group behind Switzerland and Canada.

Flyers defenseman Erik Gustafsson, skating for Sweden, logged over 27 minutes of ice time and fired three shots on net. See a full recap at iihf.com.

Zepp leads Germany past Latvia
Germany kept its quarterfinal hopes alive with a 2-0 victory over Latvia on Saturday.

Netminder Rob Zepp earned his second consecutive shutout and Christoph Ullmann tallied the game-winning marker.

Patrick Hager scored the other goal for Germany. Phantoms forward Marcel Noebels was a healthy scratch. See a full recap at iihf.com.

Norway moves into fourth place
With an important 3-1 victory over Belarus, Norway moved into the fourth and final playoff spot in Group S.

Per-Åge Skrøder scored two goals for Norway, which will next face undefeated Switzerland on Sunday.

Anders Bastiansen closed out the scoring for the Norwegians with a third-period tally at 14:18. See a full recap at iihf.com.

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