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 4, Team Europe 1
Jonathan Toews scored a pair of goals to lead Team Canada to a 4-1 win over Team Europe and a perfect record in group play.
Canada wrapped up a semifinal berth a day earlier with its victory over Team USA. The Canadians finish the round robin stage as the Group A winner having allowed just three goals while scoring 14 themselves.
Sidney Crosby and Logan Couture also added markers for Canada (3-0-0, 6 points), which opened up a 2-0 lead after the first period.
Marian Hossa provided the only goal for Europe at 4:38 of the second period to cut its deficit in half. Toews scored the second of his two goals a little more than 10 minutes later for a 3-1 Canada lead and secured the victory on Couture's goal at 17:33 of the third.
Europe (2-1-0, 4 points), the lone team in the tournament without a player from the Lightning, advances to the semis as the Group A runner-up and will play Team Sweden.
Lightning captain Steven Stamkos finished third on Canada Wednesday for shots with five. Stamkos also recorded a hit in his 14:49 of action.
Team North America 4, Team Sweden 3 (OT)
Team North America kept alive its hopes of reaching the semifinals of the World Cup of Hockey 2016, and Team Sweden got the point it needed to secure a berth in the semis following a 4-3 overtime victory for the 23 and unders.
Nathan MacKinnon netted the game-winner 4:11 into OT, his second goal of the tournament, to cap a highly-entertaining, rapid-pace 3-on-3 session.
North America led 2-0 and 3-1 at points in the first period before Team Sweden rallied, Patrik Berglund leveling the score 3-3 at 6:50 of the third.
Sweden (2-0-1, 5 points) finishes round robin play as the Group B winner and advances to play Team Europe in the single-elimination semifinal round.
North America (2-1-0, 4 points) will be rooting for Team Finland today when they play Team Russia. A win by Finland will send North America through to the semifinals. Russia will advance as the runner-up in Group B if it prevails.
Lightning head coach Jon Cooper is an assistant coach for North America.
Jonathan Drouin skated 9:31 in North America's overtime win Wednesday and was plus-1 with a shot, hit and takeaway.
Victor Hedman led Sweden for shorthanded time on ice (4:54) and had the second-most total time on ice (23:28). Hedman also recorded two hits.
Anton Stralman was third on Sweden for time on ice (21:46) and tallied two hits and a blocked shot.
Team Finland (0-2-0, 0 points) vs. Team Russia (1-1-0, 2 points), 3 p.m.
Team USA (0-2-0, 0 points) vs. Team Czech Republic (0-1-1, 1 point), 8 p.m.