Saturday, April 30, 2011

Update from the World Championships

It's unfortunate that the World Championships are at the same time as the Stanley Cup playoffs. It certain deserves more attention than it gets.

The big story coming out of the Worlds is the opening loss by the Russians to the Germans. Germany has never beaten Russia at the Worlds, until yesterday. The score was 2-0. The Russian lineup includes Ilya Kovalchuk - this hasn't been his year. Leaf forward Nikolai Kulemin is also in the Russian lineup. Leaf prospect Marcel Mueller plays for Germany.

Canada beat Belarus 4-1. All of Canada's goals came from players under the age of 21: Jordan Eberle scored twice, while Jeff Skinner and John Tavares had a goal and an assist each in the win. However, Mikhail Grabovski was probably the best player on the ice, but he couldn't beat his NHL teammate James Reimer. Best story of the day? Defenseman Mario Scalzo, the only Canadian player without any NHL experience or current NHL contract, got two assists in the win. Dion Phaneuf and Luke Schenn also play for Canada.

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