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Dubinsky Rocks the Worlds with a Hat Trick

Rangers center leads Team USA into tournament quarterfinals

Monday, 05.12.2008 / 3:31 PM / News
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Playing in his first major international tournament for Team USA, Brandon Dubinsky is making a real name for himself at the 2008 World Championships.

Brandon Dubinsky
On Monday, Dubinsky led the way for the Americans, scoring a hat trick in a dominating 9-1 qualifying-round victory over Norway that gave Team USA (3-2-0) third place in Group F and a berth in the quarterfinals against Finland. The game was played at Halifax, Nova Scotia, where Team USA's quarterfinal game will also take place on Wednesday. Should the Americans advance, they would travel to Quebec City for their remaining games

The 22-year-old Alaska native, who turned heads as a rookie with the Rangers this season, scored a goal in each period, including the game's first goal at the 11:12 mark of the first. His second goal, which gave Team USA a 4-0 lead, came at 5:48 of the second period, and his final tally on a power-play at 11:35 of the third closed out the scoring.

Playing on Team USA's second line with David Booth and Peter Mueller, Dubinsky scored on all three of his shots on goal and finished the afternoon with a plus-2 rating in 15:07 of ice time. He was also called for his first minor penalty of the tournament, a kneeing call at 19:37 of the middle period.

U.S. goaltender Robert Esche stopped 17 shots, as the Americans outshot the Norwegians 48-18. The other Team USA goals were scored by Dustin Brown, Patrick Kane, Paul Martin, Zach Parise and Phil Kessel. Brown had a pair of goals.

The victory was a big lift for the Americans, who suffered a disappointing loss to Finland less than 24 hours earlier.

"I think we've been playing well all tournament except last night against Finland" Team USA head coach John Tortorella told IIHF.com. "It was really good to get out there today in the first game and move on form last night."

Fedor Tyutin
Also on Monday, Rangers defenseman Fedor Tyutin's Russian team beat Switzerland 5-3 at Quebec City to clinch the top spot in Group E. The Russians finished the round a remarkable 5-0-0.

The Russians jumped out to a 4-0 lead and never looked back against a Swiss team that had the potential to pass them in the standings with a win. Former Minnesota Wild player Maxim Sushinsky scored twice for Russia, while Washington's Alex Ovechkin had a goal and an assist.

Tyutin, paired with Vitali Proshkin on defense, saw 13:40 of ice time and finished the game with a plus-1 rating after being on the ice for Sushinsky's second goal, an empty-netter at 17:25 of the third period.