BostonBruins.com – All three Bruins participating in the 2016 IIHF Men’s World Championship have advanced to the quarterfinals of the tournament.
Brad Marchand (Canada), Frank Vatrano (United States), and David Pastrnak (Czech Republic) have each been important contributors to their teams to this point, combining for four goals and 11 assists through the preliminary round.
Marchand (two goals, two assists) helped Canada to a 6-1 record and the second spot in Group B with 18 points. Pastrnak (one goal, six assists) and the Czech Republic advanced with a 5-4 win over Switzerland Tuesday to clinch the top spot in Group A, with a 6-1 record and 18 points.
The United States is also moving on, despite a 3-2 overtime loss to Slovakia Tuesday morning. The U.S. needed only to avoid a regulation loss, which they did with help from Vatrano, who assisted on Brock Nelson’s second-period tally that tied the score at 1.
"We were trying to take the game to them," Vatrano (one goal, four assists in the tournament) told the IIHF’s website.
"[Slovakia] needed that regulation win to get in. We came in and tried to play good defense and get some goals when we needed them. We are looking forward to heading into the next round."
The United States finished with a 3-3-1 record and 10 points, good for the fourth and final quarterfinal spot in Group B. Vatrano and the Americans, who avoided missing the quarters for the first time since 2010, will play Pastrnak and the Czech Republic on Thursday.
Here is a look at the rest of the schedule:
2016 IIHF MEN’S WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP QUARTERFINALS
(All times EST)
Thursday, May 19
Czech Republic vs. United States, 9:15 a.m. (NBCSN)
Finland vs. Denmark, 9:15 a.m.
Russia vs. Germany, 1:15 p.m.
Canada vs. Sweden, 1:15 p.m. (NBCSN)