World Championship Wrap: Simmonds scores in Canada's win

World Championship Wrap: Simmonds scores in Canada's win
May 12, 2013, 4:00 pm
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Wayne Simmonds had 15 goals in 45 games for the Flyers last season. (USA Today Images)

Flyers forward Wayne Simmonds scored his first goal of the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) World Championship tournament and helped Canada to a 2-1 victory over the Czech Republic on Sunday.

"Our line had been getting chances in games but have been snakebitten the whole tournament, so it was great to get one," Simmonds told iihf.com. "Hopefully this will continue on through to the medal round."

Simmonds' marker came on the power play after the gritty winger deflected a shot from Carolina's Eric Staal past Czech netminder Ondrej Pavelec.

Fellow Flyers Claude Giroux and Matt Read were held scoreless on Sunday and defenseman Luke Schenn received a match penalty for a hit along the boards in the second period.

Playing for the Czech Republic, 2013 Flyers MVP Jakub Voracek failed to register a point in over 17 minutes of ice time.

The win put Canada back on top of the Stockholm group with 16 points, two more than Switzerland. Hurricanes forward Jeff Skinner scored the game winner early in the third period.

Canada finishes its round robin play Monday against Slovenia. The Czechs have a day off before facing Norway in a must-win contest on Tuesday. See a full recap at iihf.com.

U.S. advances to quarterfinals
The United States booked its ticket for the quarterfinals after shutting out Germany, 3-0, on Sunday.

Bobby Butler, Paul Stastny and Stephen Gionta each scored for the U.S. and 19-year-old goalie John Gibson earned his first World Championship shutout after stopping all 30 shots fired his way.

"The team's playing really well in front of me and they make my job a lot easier," Gibson said. "Whenever I leave a rebound or something, they're there to help me out."

Phantoms netminder Cal Heeter remained a healthy scratch for Team USA. Marcel Noebels returned to Germany's fourth line and fired one shot on net in over 12 minutes of ice time.

The Americans can clinch the top spot in the Helsinki group with a win over Slovakia on Tuesday while the Germans will take on France in their final round robin game. See a full recap at iihf.com.

Bryzgalov, Russia take down Slovakia
Behind a strong effort from Flyers goalkeeper Ilya Bryzgalov, Russia beat Slovakia, 3-1, on Sunday.

Bryzgalov made 23 saves -- 11 in the first period alone -- to pick up his third win of the tournament. In his three appearances for Russia, Bryzgalov has a 1.33 goals-against average and a .934 save percentage.

Former NHLer Alexander Radulov picked up a goal and an assist. Devils sniper Ilya Kovalchuk scored his tournament-leading seventh goal and Denis Denisov tallied Russia's other marker.

Former Flyer Branko Radivojevic gave Slovakia its only goal of the contest in the second period.

Russia will wrap up round robin play with a matchup against Austria on Monday. Slovakia is scheduled to take on Team USA on Tuesday. See a full recap at iihf.com.

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