Maple Leafs Making Their Mark at The Worlds
Shockingly, Christian Hanson and the United States have been relegated after 3 straight losses to Germany, Denmark and Finland. Hanson's performance in the tournament was nothing to write home about however he did have limited playing time. He was held off of the scoresheet once again against Denmark and Finland. He had an even rating against the Danes with 2 shots on net. Against Team FInland he had 2 PIM, and was +1 in the 3-2 loss.
Sweden finished in 1st place in Group C with a 2-1 record. Jonas Gustavsson played stellar in the team's 2-1 loss against the Czech Republic. 'The Monster' stopped 35 of the 37 shots he faced in the loss. Rickard Wallin's impressive play continued with another assist in the loss to the Czechs. He's tied for 3rd in the tournament in assists with 3. Carl Gunnarsson scored a goal against France in Sweden's 3-2 win along with 4 shots and a +1 rating. Somewhat surprisingly Carl was limited to only 3:14 of ice-time in the game vs the Czechs.
Francois Beauchemin led all Team Canada players in ice-time with 21:11 played in the team's 6-1 win over Latvia. Beauchemin still has yet to record a point at the World Hockey Championships.
Nikolai Kulemin notched 1 assist with 2 shots on net in Russia's 4-1 win over Kazakhstan. He also earned a +1 rating that game. He had 2 shots and an even rating vs Belarus in the team's 3-1 win. Russia was a perfect 3-0 in the preliminary round and looks to be the team to beat.
Mikhail Grabovski maintained his 2 PIM/game average in both Belarus' 4-2 loss to Slovakia and 3-1 loss to Russia. He's fired a total of 8 shots on net through 3 games but has nothing to show for it yet. His scrappy play and NHL experience have been big assets for the young Belarus team.
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