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2011 World Championship Updates

Sunday, 05.15.2011 / 5:53 PM / St. Louis Blues
By Chris Pinkert  - St. Louis Blues
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2011 World Championship Updates
Sixteen teams began play when the puck dropped on the IIHF World Championships on April 29, but only one country will claim a Gold Medal on May 15. Ten Blues players and prospects are participating in the tournament. Check back often as we provide the latest updates as the tournament reaches the playoff round. For updated statistics for all Blues players in the tournament, visit stlouisblues.com/worlds.


HONORS & AWARDS
Sunday, May 15 - 5:53 p.m.

Blues defenseman Alex Pietrangelo has been chosen as the Best Defenseman at the World Championships.

The distinction is awarded by the IIHF Directorate.

Pietrangelo led all players in the tournament with a +9 rating. The Blues defenseman played in seven games, recording two goals and three assists to guide Team Canada to a fifth place finish in the tournament.

In addition, the media named Patrik Berglund to the tournament's All-Star team. Other members included fellow Swedes Viktor Fasth and David Petrasek, Marek Zidlicky (Czech Republic), Jarkko Immonen (Finland) and Jaromir Jagr (Czech Republic).


BERGLUND TAKES SILVER
Sunday, May 15 - 3:47 p.m.

Blues forward Patrik Berglund will be taking home a silver medal today at the World Championships in Slovakia.

Team Sweden entered the third in a 1-1 tie in Sunday's Gold Medal Game, but Finland scored five goals in the third period to clinch the tournament's top prize with a 6-1 win.

Berglund finished second in tournament play in goals scored (8) and points (10), trailing only Finland's Jarkko Immonen (9 goals, 12 points).

Below are the final rankings for teams at the World Championships (teams in bold feature at least one Blues player):

1. Gold - Finland
2. Silver - Sweden
3. Bronze - Czech Republic
4. Russia
5. Canada
6. Norway
7 Germany
8. United States
9. Switzerland
10. Slovakia
11. Denmark
12. France
13. Latvia
14. Belarus
15. Austria
16. Slovenia


RUSSIA COMES UP SHORT
Friday, May 13 - 11:22 a.m.

For the first time in several games, Vladimir Tarasenko got some ice time and made the most of it as Russia battled the Czech Republic for a Bronze Medal at the 2011 IIHF World Championships on Sunday.

Trailing 5-3, Tarasenko scored 6:03 into the second period to bring his team within one goal.

Unfortunately for Tarasenko, a first-round pick of the Blues in 2010, the Czechs scored again to put the game out of reach.

But it's been a good year for Tarasenko. After winning a gold medal at the World Junior Championships earlier this year, he also appeared in the Bronze game at the World Championships, giving him plenty of exposure on an international stage.

Blues prospect goaltender Konstantin Barulin, who was drafted by the Blues in 2003, took the starting job for Russia during the tournament, beating out former Sharks goaltender Evgeni Nabokov. But Sunday, the Czechs scored six on Barulin and added an empty netter to seal a victory.

Of the 10 Blues players and prospects who began tournament play two weeks ago, Patrik Berglund is the only one guaranteed to win a medal.

He'll play for Gold at 1:30 p.m. today.


MEDAL GAMES SET
Friday, May 13 - 3:26 p.m.

With both games completed today, the Medal Game matchups have been set.

Patrik Berglund and Team Sweden will face off against Finland on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. The winner will receive a Gold Medal, while the loser takes home Silver.

Blues prospects Vladimir Tarasenko and Konstantin Barulin have a chance to earn a Bronze Medal when they face off with the Czech Republic at 9 a.m. Sunday.

Russia missed an opportunity to play for Gold when it lost 3-0 Friday to Finland.

Of the ten Blues players and prospects that participated in the tournament, three have a chance to take home medals.

Be sure to visit stlouisblues.com on Sunday for more coverage.


A GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY
Friday, May 13 - 11:31 p.m.

Blues forward Patrik Berglund has a chance to win a Gold Medal on Sunday at the IIHF World Championships.

Team Sweden beat the Czech Republic 5-2 on Friday to advance to the Gold Medal Game, which will be held Sunday at 1:30 p.m. Their opponent in that game will be determined by this afternoon's game between Finland and Russia.

Berglund scored twice in Friday's game, giving him a tournament-leading eight goals through eight games.

Also on Team Sweden is former Blues prospect David Rundblad, the team's first-round pick in 2009. Rundblad was traded for an additional first-round pick in 2010, which the Blues used to select Tarasenko.

Tarasenko will play for Russia later today.


BIG DAY FOR SWEDEN, RUSSIA
Friday, May 13 - 9:23 a.m.
The first semifinal game between Sweden and the Czech Republic is underway.

Later, Russia takes on Finland.

By the end of the afternoon, we'll know which countries will compete for the Gold Medal on Sunday.

Regardless of the outcome of today's games, Patrik Berglund, Vladimir Tarasenko and Konstantin Barulin will all have a chance at a medal. If both Russia and Sweden win, all three players will end up with either a gold or silver medal in the tournament. If both teams lose today, then Russia and Sweden would compete on Sunday for bronze.


RUSSIA MOVES ON
Thursday, May 12 - 3:49 p.m.

Alex Pietrangelo assisted on a Jason Spezza goal that put Canada ahead 1-0, but the Russians scored twice in a 3:12 span in the third period to punch their ticket to the semifinals with a 2-1 win on Thursday.

The loss for Canada means they won't earn a medal this year. Pietrangelo, Chris Stewart and Carlo Colaiacovo are headed home, while Blues Russian prospects Vladimir Tarasenko and Konstantin Barulin are still alive in the tournament.

Barulin, who the Blues drafted in 2003 (84th overall), stopped 36 of 37 Canadian shots in Russia’s victory.

Barulin, who started the tournament as a backup to former Sharks netminder Evgeni Nabokov, has a 2-2 record to go along with a 1.88 goals-against average and a .941 save percentage in tournament play. Barulin may have earned another start on Friday against Finland in the semifinals.

Pietrangelo finished the tournament with 7 games played and 5 points (2 goals, 3 assists). He also had a plus-9 rating. Stewart had 4 points (2 goals, 2 assists) and a plus-5 rating, while Colaiacovo was held scoreless in five games.

Of the nine Blues who entered the playoff round, only three remain in contention for a medal: Tarasenko, Barulin and Patrik Berglund (Sweden).

Russia faces Finland on Friday in the semifinals, while Berglund and Team Sweden will play the Czech Republic.

Below are the current final rankings for teams at the World Championships (teams in bold feature at least one Blues player):

1. Gold Medal - TBD
2. Silver Medal - TBD
3. Bronze Medal - TBD
4. TBD
5. Canada
6. Norway
7 Germany
8. United States
9. Switzerland
10. Slovakia
11. Denmark
12. France
13. Latvia
14. Belarus
15. Austria
16. Slovenia


CANADA, RUSSIA BATTLE FOR FINAL SPOT IN SEMIS
Thursday, May 12 - 10:09 a.m.
Canada faces Russia at 1:15 p.m. CT today, meaning more Blues will advance to the semifinals at the 2011 IIHF World Championships and more Blues will be headed home.

Alex Pietrangelo, Chris Stewart and Carlo Colaiacovo will be in action for Canada, while prospects Vladimir Tarasenko and Konstantin Barulin join Russia.

It's not known whether Tarasenko (4 GP, 0 PTS) or Barulin (1-2, 2.21 GAA, .926 SAVE %) will suit up for today's game.

NHL.com has more information on today's matchups.


ONE DOWN, TWO TO GO FOR BERGLUND
Wednesday, May 11 - 3:52 p.m.

Patrik Berglund had a goal and two assists in Sweden's 5-2 victory over Germany on Wednesday in the quarterfinals of the IIHF World Championships.

Berglund has eight points (six goals, two assists) in the tournament thus far, helping Sweden to the semifinals and just two wins from claiming a Gold Medal. The Blues forward is currently tied with Norway's Marius Holtet for the tournament-lead in goals (6).

At the start of the day, nine Blues players and prospects were left in the quarterfinals, but only six remain in contention after the United States fell 4-0 to the Czech Republic.

Goaltender Ty Conklin finished the tournament with a 1-3 record, a 3.89 goals-against average and a .891 save percentage in four appearances for Team USA.

Kevin Shattenkirk played in seven games for the United States, tallying one goal, two assists and six penalty minutes. Chris Porter finished with one assist, a minus-4 rating and two penalty minutes.

On Thursday, Chris Stewart, Alex Pietrangelo and Carlo Colaiacovo will join Canada in a battle with Russia, which features Blues prospects Vladimir Tarasenko and Konstantin Barulin. The winner advances to the semifinals, while the tournament ends for the losing team.

Below are the current final rankings for teams at the World Championships (teams in bold feature at least one Blues player):

1. Gold Medal - TBD
2. Silver Medal - TBD
3. Bronze Medal - TBD
4. TBD
5. TBD
6. TBD
7 TBD
8. United States
9. Switzerland
10. Slovakia
11. Denmark
12. France
13. Latvia
14. Belarus
15. Austria
16. Slovenia

For complete Blues statistics at the World Championships,
go to stlouisblues.com/worlds

SCHEDULE

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AWAY
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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 ANA 12 9 3 0 33 22 18
2 VAN 10 7 3 0 34 29 14
3 NSH 10 6 2 2 26 21 14
4 LAK 11 6 3 2 26 23 14
5 CGY 12 6 4 2 31 27 14
6 SJS 12 6 4 2 38 34 14
7 CHI 10 6 3 1 27 19 13
8 MIN 9 6 3 0 31 17 12
9 DAL 10 4 2 4 33 35 12
10 STL 9 5 3 1 22 18 11
11 COL 11 3 4 4 27 32 10
12 WPG 10 4 5 1 20 26 9
13 EDM 10 4 5 1 27 36 9
14 ARI 9 3 5 1 22 34 7

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
V. Tarasenko 9 4 5 6 9
K. Shattenkirk 9 1 8 2 9
J. Schwartz 9 5 3 2 8
J. Lehtera 8 2 4 3 6
A. Steen 9 2 4 3 6
D. Backes 8 2 3 0 5
A. Pietrangelo 9 1 4 -1 5
P. Stastny 4 1 3 1 4
R. Reaves 9 2 0 1 2
M. Lapierre 9 0 2 1 2
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Allen 2 1 0 .944 1.34
B. Elliott 3 2 1 .917 1.98

 
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