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Worlds: Day 2 Recap

by Ryan Dittrick (@ryandittrick) / Winnipeg Jets

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Jets prospect Connor Hellebuyck made 22 saves as the United States defeated Norway 2-1 to improve to 2-0-0 at the 2015 IIHF World Hockey Championship.

Hellebuyck was named the Best Player of the Game for Team USA.

Hellebuyck has now stopped 51 of 53 shots in back-to-back winning performances to open the tournament.

Trevor Lewis (Los Angeles Kings) and Brock Nelson (New York Islanders) scored for the US, while Morten Ask tallied the lone goal
for the Norwegians.

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Next up: USA vs. Russia - Monday, May 4 at 1:15pm CT.



Alexander Salak was given the start for the second straight day, but it didn’t take long for Jets goaltender Ondrej Pavelec to make an appearance.

On the heels of a 6-5 shootout loss to the Swedes 24 hours earlier, Salak was pulled after allowing two goals on six shots. Pavelec came on in relief, posting four saves in over 37 minutes of work, guiding the host team to a 4-2 victory over Latvia.

Combined with a shaky, 19-save effort in the tournament opener, Salak has now stopped only 28 of 35 shots for a save percentage of .800. The KHL superstar was victimized early as Latvian forward Kaspers Daugavins opened the scoring with a power-play goal at 13:13 of the first period. After Michal Jordan tied things up early in the second period, Mikelis Redlihs restored the lead midway through, leaving Head Coach Vladimir Ruzicka little choice but to make a switch in goal.

Less than a minute later, Jan Kovar made it a 2-2 game before the NHL’s ageless wonder, Jaromir Jagr (Florida Panthers), gave the Czechs a 3-2 lead with a PPG at 12:44.

The goal stood as the game-winner.

Jake Voracek (Philadelphia Flyers) rounded out the scoring at 5:29 of the third, giving the Czechs their third power-play goal of the night.     

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Next up: Czech Republic vs. Canada – Monday, May 4 at 1:15pm CT.

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