Finland edges Latvia at Worlds

Finland's Jarkko Immonen celebrates with his teammates Jyrki Valivaara and Janne Niskala after...

Finland's Jarkko Immonen celebrates with his teammates Jyrki Valivaara and Janne Niskala after scoring against Latvia during their Ice Hockey World Championship group D game in Bratislava May 2, 2011. (REUTERS/David W Cerny)

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BRATISLAVA, Slovakia -- Jarkko Immonen scored a goal in regulation and added another tally in the shootout, as Finland edged Latvia, 3-2, in Group D play at the 2011 World Ice Hockey Championship on Monday.

Immonen also collected an assist on a Niko Kapanen goal.

Teemu Lassila made 23 saves for the Finland, which posted a resounding 5-1 victory over Denmark in their opener.

Herberts Vasiljevs and Krisjanis Redlihs hit the net for Latvia. Edgars Masalskis stopped 31 shots in defeat.

Both teams netted two power-play goals.

In Kosice, Niklas Persson lit the lamp twice and Sweden topped Austria, 3-0, in Group C play.

Viktor Fasth posted 23 saves for Sweden, while his Austrian counterpart, Fabian Weinhandl, was beaten three times on 38 shots.

Earlier Monday, Nick Palmieri scored two of Team USA's four third-period goals, helping the Americans to a 4-2 victory over Norway in Group C action.

Facing a 2-0 deficit, Palmieri ignited the comeback 1:16 into the third. Team USA tied the game when Jack Skille tapped in a Tim Stapleton pass from the right corner at 4:59.

Palmieri then netted a power-play goal to put the Americans up 3-2 at 13:44 and Craig Smith added another power-play goal to seal the win at 18:34.

Al Montoya stopped 13 shots for the Americans, who thumped Austria, 5-1, in their opener.

Ken Andre Olimb and Anders Bastiansen both lit the lamp in the first period for Norway, which stunned Sweden in a shootout to open the tournament.

Lars Haugen made 45 saves in defeat.

In Bratislava, the Czech Republic used a four-goal second period to beat Denmark, 6-0, in Group D action.


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