Downie, Hedman Find Scoresheet at Worlds
The Lightning had a good day at the World Championships in Germany today as Canada blew out Norway, 12-1, including a goal from Steve Downie, while Victor Hedman and Sweden defeated Latvia, 4-2, with Hedman recording his first point. Team Slovakia, consisting of Tampa Bay prospects Richard Panik and Vladimir Mihalik, was stunned, 6-0, by Denmark.
Downie netted his second goal of the tournament in the second period. He also recorded two shots on goal and a plus-1 rating in 15:14 of ice time. Steven Stamkos missed his first game of the tournament after suffering what has been deemed a mild concussion. He did ride the exercise bike today and the Team Canada medical staff is continue to monitor his progress.
The Canadians had a scare though as Norway got a first period goal from Jonas Holos to take the first lead of the game. Evander Kane evened the score later in the first and Team Canada never looked back, scoring seven goals in the second period and four in the third. It was the most lopsided score of the tournament to date.
Hedman wasted no time in getting on the scoreboard today as he provided the primary assist on Sweden’s first goal of the game just 31 seconds into the contest. It was his first point of the tournament. Hedman also ranked second on the team in ice time with 18:47. The Swedes scored three goals in the first period and the Latvians were not able to recover despite two goals from Martins Karsums.
Denmark got six unanswered goals from six different players in the first period, chasing Peter Budaj from the Slovakian net. Neither team would score another goal the rest of the game. Panik led all Slovakian forwards in ice time with 20:40. He also had an even rating and two penalty minutes. Mihalik had an even rating in 19:07 of ice time.
Lightning defensive prospect Kirill Gotovets played in his second game of the tournament after joining the Belarusian roster, but his team fell to Finland, 2-0. Gotovets recorded one shot on goal, playing in only 6:43 of ice time due before leaving the game with an injury.
The action continues tomorrow with Russia facing Germany and Switzerland, coming off their win against Canada, taking on the Czech Republic. It will be interesting to see who will start tomorrow’s game for Russia as Lightning prospect Vasily Koshechkin figures to be in the mix with Alexander Eremenko and Semyon Varlamov. Each player got one start in the preliminary round, with Koshechkin sporting the best save percentage at .969.
The relegation round also begins tomorrow with Team USA taking on Kazakhstan and Italy battling France.