World Championship Day 2 – Giroux, Voracek, Gustafsson with assists, Bryzgalov gets the shutout

The second day of the IIHF World Championship is in the books. I’d like to summarize the most important moment of the past 24 hours.

USA – Austria 5-3

Matt Carle 0+0 17:48 TOI

Austria led the game by two goals just six minutes into the first period. Team USA overcame a bad start and eventually won the game 5-3.

Sweden – Czech Republic 2-1

Jakub Voracek 0+1, 16:02 TOI, -1

Erik Gustafsson 0+1, 22:13 TOI, +1

After a good first game against Belarus, team Czech Republic lost to Sweden. The Czechs under performed in the first half of the game and despite very good goaltending from Alexandr Salak (Chicago Blackhawks prospect) they were unable to score more than once. Jiri Hudler cut the lead on a power play with a helper from Jakub Voracek. On the other bench, Erik Gustafsson, a young promising defenseman, played another strong game paired with Henrik Tallinder.

Norway – Slovenia 3-1

Olle-Kristian Tollefsen 0+0, 28:39 TOI, +3

Patrick Thoresen 0+0, 19:43 TOI

Team Norway beat a World Championship’s novice team in Slovenia. Norwegian captain and former Flyer Olle-Kristian Tollefsen played a really strong game, as he spent nearly 30 mins on the ice while recorded a plus 3.

Russia – Latvia 6-0

Bryzgalov 15 saves

In this one-sided game the Russians beat Latvia easily. Ilya Bryzgalov didn’t have a lot of work but still was able to get a shoutout as he faced 15 shots.

Canada – Denmark 3-1

Claude Giroux 0+1, 20:25 TOI, 2 PIMs, 60% FO won (8/12)

Matt Read 0+0, 12:25 TOI

Wayne Simmonds 0+0, 15:01 TOI,  +1

Luke Schenn 0+0, 16:11 TOI,  +2

Oliver Lauridsen 0+0, 20:43 TOI, 2 PIMs

Canada didn’t start well against Demnark. They were down by one early in the game but they came back and won the game by a two-goal margin. Claude Giroux picked up an assist on a Steven Stamkos power play goal. Luke Schenn played a strong game and so did the young Dane Oliver Lauridsen. Matt Read had a great chance but he was unable to capitalize.

Finland – Slovakia 2-0

Ossi Vaananen 0+0, 16:56 TOI

Lasse Kukkonen 0+0, 9:29 TOI

Branko Radivojevic 0+0, 14:51 TOI

Team Finland didn’t want another dramatic game like the first against Germany. Despite being outshot 36-23 they controlled the game and won by two goals against team Slovakia.