Lightning beat writer Bryan Burns will recap each day how the Bolts players did in each game of the World Cup of Hockey 2016 being held in Toronto. Tampa Bay has an NHL-high 12 players playing in the tournament and Lightning coach Jon Cooper is an assistant coach on Team North America.
For the second time in as many games, a Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman scored the game-winning goal for a Team Sweden victory at the World Cup of Hockey 2016
On Tuesday, Anton Stralman provided the only goal Team Sweden would need in a 2-0 shutout of archrival Team Finland.
Team Sweden (2-0-0) currently leads Group B and is in great position to advance out of the group stage and into the semifinals after winning both of its opening games. Team Sweden can move on with a win or overtime/shootout loss today versus Team North America.
Henrik Lundqvist, who missed Team Sweden's first game with the flu, rebounded to post a 36-save shutout performance against Team Finland.
Loui Eriksson added an empty-net goal with three seconds left in regulation for the 2-0 final.
Team Finland (0-2-0) has yet to grab a point in two games and would be eliminated from the tournament if Team North America earns a point against Team Sweden today.
Anton Stralman picked up his first point of the tournament with his goal at 9:57 of the second period. With the puck buried deep in Team Finland's zone, Stralman worked his way without the puck to the edge of the crease. From behind the net, Henrik Sedin spotted an open Stralman in front and sent an accurate pass to the Bolts blueliner, who one-timed a shot past Team Finland goalie Tuukka Rask. Stralman, who also had two shots, one hit and was plus-1, was named the game's Second Star.
Victor Hedman , who scored the game-winning goal in Team Sweden's 2-1 victory over Team Russia on Sunday, had a team-high four blocked shots on Tuesday and added two hits and a takeaway in 18:36 time on ice.
Valtteri Filppula , who scored Team Finland's only goal of the tournament so far, that coming in its opener, had two shots in 16:20 of action.
Team Canada 4, Team USA 2
Team Canada secured a spot in the World Cup of Hockey 2016 semifinals after notching a 4-2 victory over rival Team USA on Tuesday.
With the loss, Team USA has been eliminated. Its game Thursday against Team Czech Republic will be its last of the tournament.
Team Canada scored four-consecutive goals to overcome an early 1-0 deficit. Matt Duchene netted a pair of markers in the first period and Corey Perry scored the game-winner at 6:05 of the opening period. Patrice Bergeron capped the onslaught with his second goal of the tournament at 8:50 of the second period to put Team Canada up 4-1.
Team USA took a brief lead when Ryan McDonagh scored on Team Canada goaltender Carey Price (34 saves) 4:22 into the game. Duchene, however, answered 1:29 later with the first of his two goals to level the score and start Team Canada's assault on the US net.
T.J. Oshie added a late, third-period goal for Team USA.
Team Europe also advanced to the semifinals out of Group A as a result of Team Canada's victory over Team USA.
Steven Stamkos paced Team Canada with four takeaways and also had three shots and a blocked shot during his 13:31 time on ice.
Ben Bishop did not play for Team USA as Jonathan Quick started a second-straight game in goal.
Team North America (1-1-0) vs. Team Sweden (2-0-0), 3 p.m.
Team Europe (2-0-0) vs. Team Canada (2-0-0), 8 p.m.