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Thursday, 05.3.2007 / 1:44 PM MT / News
By Matt Rosen
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The Qualifying Round of the 2007 IIHF World Championship’s began on a positive note for Team USA as they beat Slovakia by a score of 4-2 in Moscow, Russia.

USA received goals from four different players, despite Coyotes defenseman Keith Ballard being held off the score sheet. Ballard did finish the contest with a +1 plus/minus rating.

Goaltender John Grahame (Carolina) was spectacular in net again, making 29-saves in the win.

The United States is now 3-1-0 in the tournament and is 1-0-0 in the Qualifying Round.

Niko Kapanen’s Team Finland also improved to 3-1-0 on Thursday as they shutout Switzerland 2-0. Kapanen was held scoreless but did register a shot on for goal to go along with his even plus/minus rating.

The biggest surprise of the day came when the Czech Republic were beaten by Germany, 2-0. Zbynek Michalek’s team lost for the first time in the tournament while the Coyotes’ defenseman managed three shots-on-goal in the game and was a minus one.

In other action, Team Sweden beat Team Denmark 5-2 to improve to 4-0-0, while Denmark drops to 1-3-0.Switzerland will skate against Denmark on Saturday while Team USA will take on Germany. Finland will battle Italy and the Czech Republic will play Slovakia. is the official Web site of the Arizona Coyotes. The Arizona Coyotes and are trademarks of IceArizona Hockey Co LLC, NHL, NHL Shield, the word mark and image of the Stanley Cup and NHL Conference logos are registered trademarks of the National Hockey League. All NHL Logos and marks NHL team logos and marks as well as all other proprietary materials depicted herein are the property of the NHL and the respective NHL teams and may not be reproduced without the prior written consent of NHL Enterprises, L.P. Copyright © 2015 The Arizona Coyotes and the National Hockey League. All Rights Reserved. Terms of Use | Privacy Policy | AdChoices | Contact Us