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Late goals lead Belarus to first win

Game 15, Group C: Belarus 5, Germany 3

Sunday, 02.21.2010 / 3:57 AM ET / News
By Bob Condor
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Late goals lead Belarus to first win
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VANCOUVER
-- They are no quiet nights or sleeper games at Canada Hockey Place during these Winter Olympics. Canada's hockey fans, willing to spread the love to any and all underdogs, rocked the house yet again for Germany-Belarus in the Saturday nightcap.
 
Belarus, the winners of a hard-fought 5-3 victory, basked in chants of BEL-ah-ROOS while the Germans could look up to practically all points to see their country's flag, including one draped over the front of a press tribune table. Mostly, though, both national squads appreciated the attention from knowledgeable hockey fans as they battled for third place in Group C -- and the right to get perhaps a slightly easier task when qualifying round games are played Tuesday.
 
The final nine minutes of play yielded five goals, including two in the span of 39 seconds to allow Germany to tie it up. But Belarus was not done. Captain and defenseman Ruslan Salei scored the game-winner at 14:36 and Aleksei Kalyuzhny salted things with a late goal.
 
"I got a puck, I shot the puck, it went in," said Salei, who punctuated his comment with a smile.
 
Salei, a veteran leader on a young team, couldn't say enough about the buzz in the building. Belarus is clearly a crowd favorite here.
 
"It has been amazing," said Salei, who led his squad with more than 24 minutes of ice time. "It has surprised me and the whole team. It almost feels like we are playing at home. I can't thank the fans enough."
 
After trading goals in the first period, Belarus went up 2-1 on a monster move by smallish winger Kalyuzhny, who power-boosted up the right wing before hitting the after-burners to blow past two German defensemen. Kalyuzhny found open space and net when one of those D-men, Christopher Schmidt, effectively blocked German goalie Thomas Greiss from sliding across the crease to follow the puck.
 
Greiss, the backup for the San Jose Sharks, is one of seven NHL players on the German squad while Belarus sports just two NHLers but would have at least two more if not for injuries prior to the naming of final rosters.
 
Greiss allowed five goals in 17 total shots on a tough night. German teammate and Florida Panthers defenseman Dennis Seidenberg stuck up for his goalie.
 
"It is hard to save pucks if you don't see them," Seidenberg said. "We didn't do a good enough job in front of [Greiss], either blocking the shots or letting him see the shots."
 
His counterpart in the Belarus goal, Vitali Koval, stopped 37 of 40 shots from the swarming Germans for the win and third place in Group C.

For a team that hadn't scored in the first two games of these Olympics and even scuffled to put shots on goal, the Germans ignited against Belarus.
 
Seidenberg opened the game's scoring with a power play goal at 5:39 of the opening period on a smart Marco Sturm pass cross-ice in front of Koval's crease. The Germans tallied next with about eight minutes left in the game, but not for lack of putting Koval to work.
 
Germany scored twice in 39 seconds on goals by John Tripp and Marcel Goc, who put in a rebound after Koval had just saved two point-blank tries. Counting the Belarus third goal that preceded the German back-to-backers, there were three goals scored in 60 seconds.
 
The crowd no doubt got their thrills' worth and the full Olympic experience. And so did Belarus forwards Kalyuzhny (two goals and an assists) and Sergei Kostitsyn (a goal and three assists).



GAME SUMMARY

SCORING
GER 1 0 2 - 3
BLR 1 1 3 - 5

First Period Scoring: 1. GER, Seidenberg (Sturm, Goc) 5:39 (PPG); 2. BLR, Ugarov (unassisted) 9:17.

First Period Penalties: Zakharov BLR (boarding) 5:26, Ehrhoff GER (slashing) 13:37.

Second Period Scoring: 3. BLR, Kaliuzhny (Kostitsyn, Stasenko) 8:36.

Second Period Penalties: Ugarov BLR (hooking) 5:22, Sulzer GER (boarding) 10:24, Ehrhoff GER (interference) 11:35.

Third Period Scoring: 4. BLR, Kostitsyn (Koltsov) 11:10; 5. GER, Tripp (Rankel) 11:49; 6. GER, Goc (Hecht, Seidenberg) 12:10; 7. BLR, Salei (Kaliuzhny, Kostitsyn) 14:36 (PPG); 8. BLR, Kaliuzhny (Koltsov, Kostitsyn) 18:45.

Third Period Penalties:
Zakharov BLR (holding) 4:38, Sulzer GER (hooking) 13:14.

SHOTS ON GOAL
GER  10 14 16 - 40
BLR   6  5  6 - 17

Goaltenders (goals-shots against): GER: Greiss (L, 5-17); BLR: Koval (W, 3-40).

Power plays
(goals-chances): GER: 1-3; BLR: 1-4.



SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 49 36 9 4 161 110 76
2 FLA 51 31 15 5 141 112 67
3 TBL 51 29 18 4 137 118 62
4 NYR 51 28 18 5 146 132 61
5 BOS 51 27 18 6 149 136 60
6 NYI 49 26 17 6 134 121 58
7 DET 51 25 18 8 125 130 58
8 NJD 52 26 20 6 117 118 58
9 PIT 50 25 18 7 129 128 57
10 CAR 53 24 21 8 129 141 56
11 PHI 49 23 18 8 117 128 54
12 MTL 52 24 24 4 137 141 52
13 OTT 52 23 23 6 142 164 52
14 TOR 50 19 22 9 116 134 47
15 BUF 52 21 26 5 119 137 47
16 CBJ 54 21 28 5 135 168 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
D. Larkin 50 17 18 23 35
H. Zetterberg 51 9 25 2 34
T. Tatar 50 14 16 -3 30
G. Nyquist 51 14 13 -4 27
J. Abdelkader 51 14 12 -4 26
P. Datsyuk 36 6 18 10 24
M. Green 45 3 17 -8 20
N. Kronwall 45 3 14 -10 17
D. DeKeyser 47 6 8 10 14
R. Sheahan 50 7 6 -15 13
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 18 10 4 .931 2.06
J. Howard 7 8 4 .904 2.89