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HERNING Custom Ottawa Senators Jerseys , Denmark (AP) even though the Danish hockey team has been knocked out of the world championships.The national team’s early elimination at its first world championships on home ice can hardly overshadow the boost the tournament has given the sport in the country.”I hope it spreads awareness of hockey in Denmark for a lot of families and hopefully they’ll try to get their kids to play hockey,” Columbus Blue Jackets forward Oliver Bjorkstrand said. ”Hopefully it gets more hockey kids involved and more media attention on hockey, of course. It’s something we’re hoping for at this tournament.”The progress has been obvious.In 2003, Denmark advanced to the top international division for the first time in 54 years and has not been relegated since. The country reached the quarterfinals twice and managed to beat big teams, including the United States.Center Frans Nielsen then opened a new era in 2007 by joining the New York Islanders. Currently with the Detroit Red Wings, Nielsen has 423 points in the NHL with 152 goals and 271 assists in 764 games.Others soon followed.Denmark currently has seven players in the NHL, and five of them played for their country at this year’s worlds , including Nielsen and Bjorkstrand. The others were Toronto Maple Leafs No. 1 goaltender Frederik Andersen and two San Jose Sharks forwards, Jannik Hansen and Mikkel Boedker.In 2011, Hansen became the first Dane to play the Stanley Cup finals with the Vancouver Canucks.At the world championships, Denmark beat Germany, Finland, Norway and South Korea but lost to Latvia 1-0 on Tuesday and missed out on the quarterfinals.Perhaps the absence of two Danish forwards currently busy in the NHL playoffs played a role in that.Lars Eller has five goals and seven assists in 15 playoff games for the Washington Capitals, who lead their Eastern Conference final against the Tampa Bay Lightning 2-1. Nikolaj Ehlers had a 60-point regular season with 29 goals and 31 assists for the Winnipeg Jets and has seven assists in the Western Conference final against the Vegas Golden Knights. That series is tied 1-1.”That’s been a long way (for Danish hockey),” Nielsen said. ”It’s been incredible and we’re proud of where we are today.”At this year’s worlds Philadelphia Flyers T-Shirts Authentic , Denmark enjoyed huge support from the roaring home fans mostly wearing red and white jerseys at their games in Herning. After the victories, the crowd and players sang the Danish national anthem together.”The whole city backs us up here,” said Nielsen, who is from Herning. ”It’s been incredible.” TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Tampa Bay scored early and often in another home victory over Florida.Steven Stamkos had a goal and three assists and the Lightning reclaimed the top spot in the Eastern Conference with a 7-3 victory over the Panthers on Wednesday night.“Guys were battling all night,” Stamkos said. “That’s just what you want to see. Compete, and then when you compete the skill takes over.”Nikita Kucherov and Ryan McDonagh each had a goal and two assists. Mathieu Joseph, Yanni Gourde Philadelphia Flyers Hoodies Authentic , Adam Erne and Dan Giradi also scored, J.T. Miller had three assists, and Louis Domingue made 40 saves.“It’s tough to lose when you score seven,” said Domingue, who was won three of four filling in for injured starter Andrei Vasilevskiy. “I just thought we played a great game from start to finish.”Vasilevskiy has a fractured left foot and will miss three to five more weeks.The Lightning are 11-1-1 at home against Florida since the start of the 2013-14 season.Panthers left wing Mike Hoffman extended his points streak to 17 games (10 goals, 20 points) with a late third-period power-play goal. He is the fifth player in NHL history to have a points streak of at least 17 games in his first season with a franchise.Troy Brouwer and Aleksander Barkov also scored for the Panthers. They are 2-3 on a six-game trip. Roberto Luongo was pulled early in the third after allowing six goals on 28 shots.“We kind of let Luon out to dry there,” Florida defenseman Aaron Ekblad said. “Ultimately they were coming in waves at us all game and we didn’t have a response.”Tampa Bay went ahead 4-1 early in the second when Gourde scored on an in-close give-and-go with Stamkos at 2:37 before Erne put home a backhander 2:08 later.Barkov made it 4-2 on the power play with 1:35 remaining in the second.Stamkos, McDonagh and Girardi had third-period goals. It was Girardi’s first goal in 23 games.“Just too many unforced errors Philadelphia Flyers Hats Authentic ,” Hoffman said. “You can’t be giving up that many goals if you expect to win any game.”Joseph stole the puck from Alexander Petrovic and scored on a backhander 59 seconds into the game.“We just feed off that,” Stamkos said.After Brouwer scored at 2:19 of the first, Kucherov’s power-play goal put the Lightning up 2-1 with 10:38 left in the period.Kucherov has two goals and nine points during a four-game point streak.NOTES: Panthers C Vincent Trocheck had surgery for a fractured right ankle and may play again this season. Trocheck was hurt in Monday night’s game at Ottawa. “He’s bummed out,” Florida coach Bob Boughner said. “The surgery went well. He’ll be back. It’s just a matter of when.” … Former Lightning star Martin St. Louis was honored before game following his induction last week into the Hockey Hall of Fame. “It’s the ultimate honor,” St. Louis said. “I can’t believe I’m part of that group.”UP NEXTPanthers: At Carolina on Friday night.Lightning: Host Chicago Friday night.
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