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World Juniors 2016: Goaltenders Vanecek, Soderström shine as Czech Republic, Sweden win key games

Both goalies record shutouts to open Day Three of the World Junior Hockey Championships in Helsinki, Finland

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Czech Republic 2 Slovakia 1

After a first period that could nicely be described as conservative, Slovakia was much better in the second and doubled their shot total in the first few minutes of the period.

On a Czech power play late in the second period, seconds after Radovan Bondra was stopped on a shorthanded breakaway, David Pastrnak scored on a long, well placed wrist shot to put the Czechs up 1-0. Pastrnak was making his tournament debut after being loaned by the Boston Bruins. He had been hurt and had a short stint with Providence in the AHL before deciding he was OK to go over to Helsinki.

The Czechs doubled their lead when Dominik Lakatos scored when he drove to the net and the puck hit off his skate to beat Slovak goaltender Adam Huska. That was the way the game would end as Vitek Vanecek made 18 saves for the shutout. It was a huge win for the Czechs who lost their opener to Russia in a shootout.

The Czechs were without Pavel Zacha who had a lower body injury.

Sweden 1 United States 0

If goaltending was supposed to be Sweden's problem, it definitely didn't show in this one. Linus Soderström was fantastic in a 1-0 win over the United States. The US was 0-for-8 on the power play with over 20 shots with the man advantage. They had 46 over the entire game including a lengthy 5 on 3 advantage but Soderström was on point.

Alexander Nylander scored the lone goal on a beautiful backhand deke to beat Alex Nedeljkovic in the second period. The Swedes were playing without William Nylander after the check he took in the opener against Switzerland.

Nylander now has five points in two games and leads the tournament so far.

In the final few minutes, the US took a too-many-men penalty and a penalty to Matthew Tkachuk for high sticking left the US with a 3 on 5 in the final minute trying to tie the game and they couldn't get the tying goal.

Nedeljkovic was also good for the US as he made 22 saves in the loss.