Russia Knocks Roussel, France Out of World Championship

Thursday, 05.22.2014 / 3:37 PM CT / Inside Edge
By Mark Stepneski
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Russia Knocks Roussel, France Out of World Championship

Stars forward Antoine Roussel and France’s impressive run at the World Championship is over. France fell, 3-0, to Russia in the quarterfinals Thursday in Belarus.

France, playing in the quarterfinals for the first time since 1995, wasn’t able to generate much against the Russians, managing just 16 shots on goal and only eight over the final two periods.

Evgeni Malkin had one goal and one assist for the Russians, who improved to 8-0 at the tournament and will play Sweden in the semifinals. Sweden defeated Belarus, 3-2, in another quarterfinal game Thursday.

Roussel, who has been one of the top players at the World Championship, finished the tournament as France’s top scorer with 11 points (6 goals, 5 assists) in eight games.

After Thursday’s game, Roussel was named one of France’s three best players at the tournament along with linemates Stephane da Costa and Pierre-Edouard Bellemare.

USA, Thomas ousted by Czechs

Stars goaltender Tim Thomas and Team USA are done at the World Championship after a 4-3 loss to Czech Republic on Thursday.

The Czechs built a 4-1 lead in the game and then held off a late rally by the United States. The Czechs will play Finland in the semifinals. Finland rallied to defeat Canada, 3-2, in another of the quarterfinal matches on Thursday.

Thomas stopped 29 of 33 shots in Thursday’s game. He finished the tournament with a 5-3 record, 3.49 goals against average and .869 save percentage.

Thursday’s quarterfinal results

Czech Republic 4, United States 3
Russia 3, France 0
Finland 3, Canada 2
Sweden 3, Belarus 2

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Hockey League or Dallas Stars Hockey Club. Mark Stepneski is an independent writer whose posts on DallasStars.com reflect his own opinions and do not represent official statements from the Dallas Stars. You can follow Mark on Twitter @StarsInsideEdge.

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