Chicago, IL — Team USA took on Team Italy in what was not much of a contest to the USA, in fact it was surprising the score was only 3-0 final. Nick Schmaltz did not play at all in the game which was good that he could get extra rest and time to recuperate since team USA really didn’t need him for the win.
With the win on Wednesday the USA is now in second place ahead of Thursdays games. Team USA does have a game in hand however on all the other teams in group A.
Trevor Van Riemsdyk did play and again he was solid on the backend and jumped into the offensive play when possible. Again TVR did not hit the score sheet but was solid. Team USA does not play until Saturday where they take on a very good Latvia team. They will need to play a whole lot better if they want to win that game and tighten up the defense.
In between days TSN’s Darren Dreger spoke to IIHF president Rene Fasel about the NHL’s participation or lack there of in the 2018 PyeongChang, South Korea Olympics for those interested in international hockey I would suggest you check out that interview.
As it currently stands it is still not looking good for those of us that want NHLers at the Olympics.
Thursday opened with Artemi Panarin and company , by the way that’s some company in Team Russia you got Artemi, taking on Denmark. To say Denmark was the underdog is a vast understatement.
Panarin coming into this game is leading all scorers with nine points in three games and has really been dynamic with his line of Evegenii Dadonov and Vadim Shipachyov of the KHL and now Las Vegas Golden Knight Shipachyov.
That line was buzzing and to say Panarin has chemistry with these guys is also a vast understatement. Hawks fans this line looks just like Kane and Anisimov with Panarin in that they all know where each other is. It is a thing of beauty even the TSN crew was giving them props.
Panarin it seemed was always on the ice and was getting double shifted can you blame them? Surprisingly though it was not until Russia changed up their lines a bit that they started scoring late in the second period.
Russia’s first tally saw the Breadman set up Dman Bogdan Kiselevich past steller Denmark Goalie George Sorensen. From there Russia just took off.
Panarin was switched with Gusev and had new line mates Nikita Kucherov and Vladislov Namestnikov of the Tampa Bay Lightning and boy was that line exciting. So it’s not just Quenneville who has the blender going Russian coach Oleg Znarok.
Panarin was firing pucks from everywhere but Sorensen stopped the lil muffin from putting biscuits in the Denmark oven. What this game showed me was Panarin is capable of playing with anyone. He only had one assist in this game but boy he got his chances and was stopped by a great goalie.
Not to be out done Panarin’s usual line mates Dadonov and Shipachyov set up SKA’s Nikita Gusev on another goal. Russia ended up beating Denmark 3-0 and again regained first place in Group A. Team Russia next takes on Slovakia on Saturday.
In the other tilt going on in Paris Team Czech Republic and Team Norway went to OT that saw finally 1-0 win by the Czech Republic. Michal Kempny did not hit the score sheet.
Marcus Kruger and Team Sweden take on Team Italy later today.
For those who like international hockey I would suggest tuning in to NHL Network on Saturday if you love the international big ice game at 5Am Ct yeah it’s early watch Team USA take on Team Latvia followed by Team Russia take on Team Slovakia and it you still have not had enough hockey watch Team Canada take on Team Switzerland.