HELSINKI – Goaltender John Gibson (Pittsburgh, Pa./Anaheim Ducks) made 30 saves as the U.S. Men's National Team shut out Germany, 3-0, here today in preliminary round play of the 2013 International Ice Hockey Federation Men's World Championship. The win improved Team USA's record to 5-0-0-1 (W-OTW-OTL-L) and clinched a spot in the quarterfinals.
Bobby Butler (Marlborough, Mass./Nashville Predators/Univ. of New Hampshire) put Team USA ahead by slamming home a rebound on the power play at 2:39 of the first period. Justin Faulk (South St. Paul, Minn./Carolina Hurricanes/Univ. of Minnesota Duluth) provided the assist with a hard point shot.
Paul Stastny (St. Louis, Mo./Colorado Avalanche/Univ. of Denver) extended the U.S. lead at 4:53, taking a nice feed from Erik Johnson (Bloomington, Minn./Colorado Avalanche/Univ. of Minnesota) and burying his own rebound.
A scoreless second stanza featured scoring chances for each team, including a penalty shot attempt by Aaron Palushaj (Livonia, Mich./Colorado Avalanche/Univ. of Michigan).
At 11:27 of the final frame, Stephen Gionta (Rochester, N.Y./New Jersey Devils/Boston College) put the U.S. up 3-0 to ensure the win. After a Matt Hunwick (Warren, Mich./Colorado Avalanche/Univ. of Michigan) shot, Nate Thompson (Anchorage, Alaska/Tampa Bay Lightning) slid the puck across the crease and Gionta deposited it into the net for the score. Gibson was tested late in the game, but remained perfect to record the shutout.
Team USA plays its final preliminary round game Tuesday (May 14) vs. Slovakia. Faceoff is 1:15 p.m. local time (5:15 a.m. EDT). NBC Sports Network will televise the game live and it will be streamed live in the United States through NBC Sports Live Extra.
Scoring By Period
First Period – Scoring: 1, USA, B. Butler (Faulk, Smith), 2:39 (pp); 2, USA, Stastny (Johnson), 4:53. Penalties: GER, Schutz (slashing), 1:27; USA, Hunwick (holding), 8:30; USA, Thompson (holding), 13:44; GER, Muller (holding), 19:31.
Second Period – Scoring: None. Penalties: USA, Palushaj (slashing), 9:26; GER, Hager (slashing), 12:40 (PS); USA, Thompson (illegal or dangerous equipment), 14:07; GER, Tripp (tripping), 18:38.
Third Period – Scoring: 3, USA, Gionta (Thompson, Hunwick), 11:27. Penalties: USA, Palushaj (slashing), 6:35; GER, Ehrhoff (tripping), 6:35; USA, Thompson (elbowing), 18:47.
Shots by Period
|GER, Endras 60:00||11/9||8/8||10/9||29/26|
|USA, Gibson 60:00||11/11||7/7||12/12||30/30|
Power Play: GER, 0-5; USA, 1-3
Penalties: GER, 4-8; USA, 6-12
NOTES: Chris Butler was named Team USA's Player of the Game ... Alex Galchenyuk skated in warmup today but did not play. He arrived in Helsinki around 12 noon local time today from Montreal. Galchenyuk and T.J. Oshie were added to Team USA's roster yesterday. Oshie is slated to arrive in Helsinki tomorrow (May 13) ... The U.S. has notched a power-play goal in each game of the tournament and is 8-for-23 overall ... Team USA has won 11 of its 13 preliminary round games at the world championship over the past two years ... Paul Stastny, Team USA's captain, has a point in all five games (4-5--9) after scoring today ... Team USA's alternate captains are Matt Carle and Nate Thompson ... Joe Sacco is the head coach of the 2013 U.S. National Men's Team. Tim Army, Danton Cole and Phil Housley are serving as assistant coaches ... The 2013 U.S. Men's National Team is under the direction of the U.S. Men's National Team Advisory Group, led by Jim Johannson, assistant executive director of hockey operations for USA Hockey. Members include NHL general managers Stan Bowman (Chicago), Paul Holmgren (Philadelphia), Dean Lombardi (Los Angeles), David Poile (Nashville), Ray Shero (Pittsburgh) and Dale Tallon (Florida) and NHL scouts Brian Burke (Anaheim) and Don Waddell (Pittsburgh) ... USA Hockey's international council, chaired by Tony Rossi, vice president of USA Hockey, has oversight responsibilities for all U.S. national teams.