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Roussel Scores Twice as France Upsets Slovakia at World Championship

Monday, 05.12.2014 / 5:15 PM / Inside Edge
By Mark Stepneski
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Roussel Scores Twice as France Upsets Slovakia at World Championship
Stars forward Antoine Roussel scored two goals as France upset Slovakia, 5-3, at the World Championship in Belarus on Monday.

Stars forward Antoine Roussel scored two goals as France upset Slovakia, 5-3, at the World Championship in Belarus on Monday.

France rallied from a 3-1 deficit in the game. Roussel scored on the power play with 9:04 left in the third period to tie the game at 3-3, tipping in a shot from the point. After Damien Fleury put France up 4-3 with 3:41 left, Roussel sealed the victory with a late empty net goal.

"I feel like our team has a lot of character," Roussel told the IIHF web site. "We created our chances on the power play. We were so aggressive and we didn’t take so many shots. But at the same time, we kept our eyes on the shooting opportunities we had. It’s awesome."

France, which was coming off a disappointing loss to Italy over the weekend, has won two of three games in preliminary play with the victories coming against Canada and Slovakia.

Roussel has three points (two goals, one assist) and a plus-one rating in three games. He is averaging 18:41 of ice time per game.

France has another big test Thursday when it takes on Sweden.

Russia routs Thomas, USA

Stars goaltender Tim Thomas and the USA suffered their first defeat at the World Championship Monday, falling 6-1 to Russia in preliminary play.

Thomas gave up five goals on 15 shots and was pulled 11:07 into the second period after Russia scored to make it a 5-1 game. David Leggio took over in net and stopped seven of eight shots the rest of the way.

This was the third straight start for Thomas at the tournament. He stopped 47 of 50 shots in victories over Belarus (6-1 on Friday) and Switzerland (3-2 on Saturday).

Thomas is 2-1-0 in the tournament with a 3.18 goals against average and .877 save percentage.

The USA plays Latvia on Thursday.

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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 ANA 34 22 7 5 99 90 49
2 CHI 32 22 9 1 100 64 45
3 STL 32 21 9 2 98 78 44
4 NSH 30 20 8 2 81 59 42
5 SJS 33 18 11 4 94 85 40
6 VAN 31 18 11 2 89 88 38
7 WPG 32 16 10 6 78 75 38
8 LAK 33 16 11 6 90 82 38
9 CGY 33 17 14 2 97 90 36
10 MIN 30 16 12 2 86 78 34
11 DAL 30 12 13 5 87 103 29
12 COL 31 10 13 8 78 99 28
13 ARI 31 11 16 4 72 100 26
14 EDM 33 7 20 6 69 110 20

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
T. Seguin 30 23 15 7 38
J. Benn 30 8 18 0 26
J. Spezza 30 6 18 -9 24
A. Roussel 30 7 9 -3 16
T. Daley 30 6 9 -14 15
A. Goligoski 30 1 12 2 13
C. Eakin 27 6 5 4 11
S. Horcoff 30 4 7 0 11
E. Cole 29 5 5 -5 10
R. Garbutt 23 5 5 -5 10
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
K. Lehtonen 12 7 5 .906 2.97
A. Lindback 0 5 0 .861 4.63
 
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