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.
Team Canada 6, Team Czech Republic 0
The line of Sidney Crosby, Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron accounted for all three of Team Canada's first period goals in a runaway 6-0 victory by the Canadians. Carey Price made 27 saves to record the shutout for Team Canada.
Steven Stamkos had an assist on Team Canada's opening goal and tallied four shots during his 15:53 of ice time.
Ondrej Palat blocked a team high two shots and was third among Team Czech Republic forwards for time on ice (19:38).
Defenseman Andrej Sustr saw 18:02 of action and recorded two shots, a hit, a blocked shot and a takeaway.
Team Europe 3, Team USA 0
Team Europe opened the World Cup of Hockey 2016 with a stunning 3-0 shutout of favored Team USA, leaving the Americans in danger of not making it out of the round robin group stage. Team Europe held a 1-0 advantage after the first period and scored twice in the second to take control of the game. Jaroslav Halak stopped all 35 shots he faced to spearhead the victory in goal for Team Europe.
Ben Bishop did not play for Team USA, which went with the Los Angeles Kings' Jonathan Quick in net for the duration. Quick made 14 saves on 17 shots.