U.S. wins, Canada loses at Worlds.

Nick Foligno scored twice, and Brandon Dubinsky and T.J. Oshie scored once, as Team USA beat France 4-0 in the relegation bracket at the IIHF World Championships in Cologne, Germany. Ducks forward Ryan Carter did not score in the win.

Corey Perry and Team Canada, meanwhile, dropped a 3-1 decision to Sweden in the qualification bracket. Canada will need to beat the Czech Republic on Tuesday to avoid a quarterfinal matchup against Alex Ovechkin and Team Russia, which has won 23 straight games at the tournament. Perry did not score in the loss.

Carter’s view of the carnage.

Ryan Carter, writing his second blog from the IIHF World Championships on the Ducks’ Web site, offers a few insights into why the U.S. is facing relegation after losing all three of its pool-play games.

Turns out they’re allowed to smoke inside the arena, which, if you’ve ever been to Europe, shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise. Carter and his teammates might just want to burn the place down after this tournament.

Canada, U.S. both lose at Worlds.

Wednesday was not a good day for the Olympic gold and silver-medal winning nations at the IIHF World Championships.

Playing with first place in Group B on the line, Canada lost 4-1 to Switzerland in Mannheim, Germany. The result bucked a fairly longstanding historical trend

Before tonight the teams had played 24 times in the World Championships,
Canada winning 22 to go with two ties. The aggregate score was 143-29.
Never has Switzerland scored as many as four goals against Canada at the
Worlds or Olympics in 90 years of senior international hockey. In 16 of
those 24 games Switzerland was held to one goal or was shut out

Ducks right wing Corey Perry was held without a point for the first time in pool play, leaving him with four points (goal, three assists) through three games.

Meanwhile, Team USA was bounced from the tournament after losing 3-2 to Finland. Goaltender Scott Clemmensen stopped 40 of 43 shots, and was outdueled by Petri Vehanen, who allowed goals to T.J. Oshie and David Moss in the victory.

Ducks center Ryan Carter was held without a point in 17:54 time on ice. After finishing last in group D, the U.S. (0-3) heads to the relegation round for the first time since 2003. The two lowest-finishing teams in the relegation round will not be eligible to compete in the 2011 tournament.

Big day for Perry, bad day for U.S. at Worlds.

Corey Perry had three assists in Team Canada’s 6-1 win over Latvia at the IIHF World Championships in Manheim, Germany on Monday.

At 2-0, Canada is tied with Switzerland atop the Group B standings; the two teams play each other on Wednesday. Latvia and Italy are both 0-2 in Group B.

Earlier Monday, Team USA lost in an upset, 2-1 to Denmark, its second straight overtime loss to start the tournament. Stefan Lassen scored 2:04 into the extra period past Scott Clemmensen to drop the U.S. to 0-2 in a World Championship for the first time since 2003.

Phoenix Coyotes defenseman Keith Yandle scored the lone goal for Team USA. Ducks forward Ryan Carter was held without a point in just over nine minutes of ice time.

The U.S. is tied with Germany – which has lost once in overtime and also in regulation – with two points in the Group D standings. Denmark is leading the group with five points and Finland is second with three points.

Carter scores, U.S. loses in opener at Worlds. Updates with video.

Ducks forward Ryan Carter scored, but that was it for Team USA in a tournament-opening, 2-1 overtime loss to Germany at the IIHF World Championships on Friday.

Before an announced crowd of 77,823 in Gelsenkirchen, Germany – a world record, according to the IIHF Web site – Felix Schutz scored past Scott Clemmensen 21 seconds into overtime to lift the host team to victory.

At 8:28 of the third period, writes Alan Adams on iihf.com,

Carter banged at a loose puck in the crease and it came to a stop across the goal line after the puck deflected off the goalie’s right pad.


Click here for video of the goal, with Ducks play-by-play man John Ahlers (along with Kings analyst Jim Fox) on the call.

The tournament format is similar to the 2010 Winter Olympics in that the top three teams in each of four groups advance out of round-robin play, and remain eligible for the championship. However, the second round (the “Qualification Round”) is also a round-robin format, while the fourth-place team in each group continues play in a Relegation Round.

Finland, Germany and Denmark are in Group D along with the United States.

Also Friday, Ducks forward Corey Perry was named one of four alternate captains at the tournament for Team Canada. Former Ducks defenseman Francois Beauchemin, and forwards Ray Whitney and Steven Stamkos, will be the other alternates behind captain Ryan Smyth.

Team Canada plays Italy in its first tournament game Saturday, with a scheduled start time of 7:15 a.m. Pacific.

Perry scores twice in tune-up for Worlds.

Ducks winger Corey Perry had two goals as Team Canada dispatched Germany 4-1 in its only exhibition game Tuesday at the IIHF World Championships in Hamburg.

Playing on a line with Tampa Bay’s Steven Stamkos and the Calgary Flames’ Rene Borque, Perry had two goals and an assist as the line accounted for all four goals. One came on the power play.

Canada begins tournament play Saturday against Italy.

In Amiens, France, Team USA defeated the host nation 3-1 on Tuesday in its lone exhibition match. Ryan Carter, the only Duck on the U.S. roster, was held without a point.

The U.S. begins tournament play Friday against Germany.

Carter named to Team USA.

Ducks forward Ryan Carter has been named to the U.S. National Team that
will compete at this summer’s IIHF World Championships. The 26-year-old
native of White Bear Lake, Minnesota has never represented the U.S. in
international play. He matched his career highs of four goals and nine
points this season in 38 games playing mostly a reserve role for the

The preliminary U.S. roster, which includes 12 NHL players, can be
downloaded here.

Ducks 7, Oilers 2.

Ryan Carter scored twice, five other players scored one goal – including the 606th of Teemu Selanne’s career – turning Fan Appreciation Night into a one-sided rout in the Ducks’ final game of the season.

Selanne stayed on the ice when the final horn sounded, then led a lap around the ice as the Ducks saluted the fans. Afterwards, he was asked on the ice about his future plans.

“I was always hoping that I wasn’t playing so well, and the decision (to retire) would be easier,” said Selanne, who scored on a second-period power play goal. “I just feel great still. There’s a lot of time to rest now. We have a great team here. Let’s see what happens.”

Selanne, 39, finished his 17th season with 27 goals in 54 games – a ratio of 0.5 goals per game that ranks eighth in the NHL. His 14 power-play goals tied for third in the league. In 1,186 career
Selanne ranks 17th in all-time goals (606), 56th in all-time assists (654)
35th in all-time points (1,260).

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Ducks 2, Kings 1, SO.

Saku Koivu has perfected the 6-on-4, third-period, game-tying goal.

On Saturday, he also found the perfect shootout move.

A late power-play goal by Koivu sent the Ducks into overtime for the second straight night. But unlike after Friday’s shootout loss to Vancouver, Anaheim was in a celebratory mood after Koivu lifted a forehand past Jonathan Quick in the third shootout round against the Kings.

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Ducks 3, Edmonton 2.

The Ducks’ lineup looked different, and younger, in Edmonton than it has all season. In the end, a few familiar faces helped salvage a win at the end of a make-or-break road trip that has mostly served to break the Ducks’ playoff hopes.
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