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Team USA eliminated at Worlds, despite Johnson's late heroics

The USA's Tyler Johnson, right, scores past the Czech Republic's Alexander Salak during the Group A Quarterfinal match today in Minsk, Belarus.

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The USA's Tyler Johnson, right, scores past the Czech Republic's Alexander Salak during the Group A Quarterfinal match today in Minsk, Belarus.

Lightning rookie center Tyler Johnson made a strong impression for Team USA at the World Championships.

And Johnson nearly helped pull off a dramatic comeback in today's quarterfinal against the Czech Republic.

USA trailed 4-1 thanks to three power play goals by the Czechs, but made a furious charge late in the third period - including two goals in 13 seconds by Johnson - before falling 4-3 to get eliminated from the tournament.

"At times in life you have a choice of two roads, and in adversity they chose the right one today," USA coach Peter Laviolette told the IHF web site. "We found ourselves in trouble but we kept fighting and pushing the game in the third and never gave up.

"I'm disappointed that our tournament stops here, but I'm proud of the way we played."

Johnson, a finalist for NHL Rookie of the Year, had an impressive showing in the tournament, scoring a team-high six goals for the Americans. He played on the top line for USA, logging heavy minutes, a key cog on the power play. Should do a lot for his confidence as he enters next season with Tampa Bay.

 

 

 

[Last modified: Thursday, May 22, 2014 1:49pm]

    

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