Chicago, IL — Well day four had it’s good and it’s bad for Blackhawks players. Let’s start with the good.
Team Russia took on Team Germany and ended up with a 6-3 win and are now a top group A in points thanks to our little Breadman who is nothing but consistent.
He again tallied another four point game and my question was again answered with a resounding yes if he would find chemistry again with his KHL SKA former line-mates Evgenii Dadonov and Vadim Shipachyov.
Artemi Panarin had four assists in the game, two of which resulted in Shipachyov goals. No Las Vegas you can not have Panarin we want him right here in Chicago.
He assisted on two other tallies by Nikita Kucherov and Nikita Gusev.. Panarin vaulted into the scoring lead with 9 points in 3 games with 3G, 6A. Now that is what you call having yourself a tournament so far. Keep it rolling Artemi. Russia does not play again until Thursday where they take on Denmark.
Now for the bad.
In the Team USA vs Team Sweden game, Nick Schmaltz took a late hit high to the head from Gabriel Landeskog and left the game just minutes into the game and did not return.
There was no penalty or call made on this late hit which you have to wonder what these refs are looking at sometimes. I guess questionable referring is not something that is an NHL exclusive.
You could tell Schmaltz was upset as he left the ice. Wishing Nick – feel better.
Honestly after that hit I was more worried about Schmaltz than the game which did see a couple of beauties by Johnny Gaudreau. Again Team USA’s speed was very apparent. Team USA maybe young but they stayed composed and their PK ended up being huge.
Sweden’s undisciplined play late in the game cost them or maybe it was karma for the late hits courtesy of the hockey Gods as the USA won 4-3. The USA currently is tied with Latvia for second behind Russia in Group A but Latvia has played one less game.
Also I got very sad hearing Chelsea Dagger after every goal not Team USA’s fault I was just nostalgic for my Chicago Blackhawks to still be in the playoffs.
Marcus Kruger was in the game for Sweden but did not hit the stats sheet either did Trevor Van Riemsdyk for team USA other than taking a hooking penalty.
Team USA next takes on Italy on Wednesday and Team Sweden next faces Latvia on Thursday.
The last game was Team Czech Republic against Team Finland and there was really nothing to report on this game for Michal Kempny.
To the Czech’s credit they were down 0-3 almost the entire game until the third where they came roaring back to tie the game and push it to OT and eventually win it in a Shoot out. Way to go Czech Republic as they now are in third in Group B.
Czech Republic next takes on Norway on Thursday til then good luck to all the Hawks and their respective teams but always GO USA!
Video taken from IIHF website – http://www.iihfworlds2017.com/en/media/