Roussel Scores Twice as France Upsets Slovakia at World Championship

Monday, 05.12.2014 / 4:15 PM CT / 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.

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 z - DAL 82 50 23 9 267 230 109
2 x - STL 82 49 24 9 224 201 107
3 x - CHI 82 47 26 9 235 209 103
4 y - ANA 82 46 25 11 218 192 103
5 x - LAK 82 48 28 6 225 195 102
6 x - SJS 82 46 30 6 241 210 98
7 x - NSH 82 41 27 14 228 215 96
8 x - MIN 82 38 33 11 216 206 87
9 COL 82 39 39 4 216 240 82
10 ARI 82 35 39 8 209 245 78
11 WPG 82 35 39 8 215 239 78
12 CGY 82 35 40 7 231 260 77
13 VAN 82 31 38 13 191 243 75
14 EDM 82 31 43 8 203 245 70

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SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
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J. Spezza 7 4 5 1 9
P. Eaves 7 2 3 3 5
P. Sharp 7 3 1 0 4
R. Faksa 7 2 2 3 4
A. Goligoski 7 2 2 -3 4
J. Klingberg 7 1 3 -2 4
A. Hemsky 7 1 3 3 4
C. Eakin 7 0 4 0 4
J. Demers 7 0 3 5 3
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
K. Lehtonen 4 1 0 .925 2.01
A. Niemi 1 1 1 .870 3.36
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